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Neutral Territory

Black is the bread-and-butter of any New Yorker’s wardrobe—the quick and easy, go-to color of choice for dressing in the concrete jungle.

The closet of Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director of, is no exception; “My favorite color is purple, although you’d never guess based upon my almost totally neutral wardrobe. My closet is a sea of black, grey, navy, white, and denim—lots and lots of denim.”

Now that New York has enjoyed its first taste of summer, however, the desire to shake up and off winter’s color palette comes with the warmer temperatures, longer days, and ubiquitous alfresco dining seating options. “I thought it might be time to brighten my look and the easiest place to start is with accessories,” explains Lavinthal. Boldly hued handbags are an easy way to spice up your wardrobe and orange works well against any wardrobe’s neutrals, especially navy, white, and any shade of brown.

For a sunny day in Union Square Park, Lavinthal styled her nautical-inspired summer staples with a bold Vince Camuto handbag to keep her look city-chic—no black required!