There are a few staples that I think every wardrobe needs. One of them is a classic denim jacket. I bought this one at least four years ago. Maybe even longer and I still find myself grabbing it from my coat closet.
Dress: Banana Republic Factory Store (similar here)
The black dress by itself would wash me out but the jacket breaks up all the black and washes me out just a little less. What are your staple pieces in your closet?