Invest in black and white basics
Black and white is a classic combination that perennially pops up as a trend. Thus, stocking up on pieces in this “color” combination when it has a moment is a good idea. You get a trendy piece that you can wear for years. All you have to do is to search for a classic cut with a twist in good quality. Don’t fall for a trendy cut or low quality; you save more when the item will be part of your wardrobe for more than one season.
BW is associated with sophistication and elegance. There is a long history of wearing black and white in Europe.
Black-and-white is a trend for minimalists
Think a white button-down shirt with black skirt or dress pants and pumps. It’s a crisp look perfect for the office. Swap the button-down shirt with a silk camisole and the pumps with strappy sandals and you have a date night outfit.
BW also makes a great workout combination with black leggings and a white tank top. You can’t go wrong with a LBD and white pearls.Pearls are always appropriate. - Jackie Kennedy #fashionquote Click To Tweet
Go beyond the solid basics with BW
Other classic pieces in this classic color combination are the buffalo plaid shirt, the hounds tooth blazer, sheath/dress or skirt, herring bone sheath, blazer, pants or skirt, a Chanel jacket in white with black trim, gingham summer dresses and blouses, two-tone pumps or slingbacks as well as snowleopard, dalmatiner and zebra print.
When wearing these classic pieces you can keep the look in just two tones by adding BW solids. However, you also can create a nice desaturated look of all neutrals by adding gray or blush (for examples see also the slideshow later in this post).
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A pop of color adds fun to the look
A bold crayon color like pink (see inspirations below), Royal blue, green or yellow add fun to the look. Think of a Mondrian painting. Be careful with adding red. You don’t want to look like Mrs. Santa Claus.
Mix black and white prints and pattern
When you are daring you may try to pair zebra and hounds tooth in one outfit or a hounds tooth skirt or blazer with a striped top. Other possible “wild” combinations are polka dots with stripes or bw prints of different scale. For instance, wear a buffalo plaid shirt with a hounds tooth skirt. Just apply the same rules like for mixing color prints and/or patterns.
More black and white outfit ideas
The following slideshow presents various examples of the styling tips given above. Enjoy and happy styling.
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