How to wear the black and white trend

Alaskan fashion blogger in black and white weekend look of bikers and striped hoodie dress

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.

How to wear the black and white trand post flyer

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.

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Alaskan fashion blogger in pleated leather skirt, zebra top and shearling hoodie in the fog

Nicole in leather skirt, shearling cropped coat, pantyhose and heels

over 50 years old style blogger in zebra top, pleated skirt and cropped jacket
Christian Louboutin heels, DIY shearling hoodie made from Vittari coat, pantyhose, statement silver gemstone necklace, Oliveo pleated leather skirt, quartz earings (all own) and zebra top c/o Covered Perfectly

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.

fashion blogger in black dress with white leaf print and green accessories

fashion blogger in BW dress with pops of color

over 50 years old woman in a black-white minimalist dress with belt
Outfit details: Sak hobo bag, Hermes collier de chien belt and bangle, Medor watch, pantyhose, peridot beads with pearls necklace, Nine West pumps (all own), sunglasses c/o Eagle Eyes, best girl friend bracelet c/o Chicos, leather and metal bracelet c/o Lizzie and James and dress c/o Coolibar

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.

fashion blogger in striped bw top with leggings and pink accessories

over 50 years old street style blogger in Coolibar casual weekend outfit

Alaskan blogger walking down the street in striped hoodie with cropped leggings

Nicole in pants, beach coverup, sunnies with pink sneakers and tote

woman in sunprotective Coolibar hoodie plus pants

midlife woman looking posh in a black and white dress and leggings outfit with pop of pink
Outfit details: 3.1 Philip Lim tote, silk neckerchief, Hermes collier de chien bangle, statement necklace, Winkwood wooden sunglasses, amethyst barrette, rutial quartz necklace, Daily Schoes sneakers (all own), leggings and top both c/o Coolibar

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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6 thoughts on “How to wear the black and white trend

  1. I love black and white together: so many options and always so classy!

  2. I always love this combination because every other color goes so well with it.

  3. Black and white together, and as monochrome outfits, are incredible. I can’t believe I’m only learning this in my 50’s xoxo

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