Ying Yang (how to look great in black white fashion)

When in doubt wear black and white

This fall’s black white fashion trend, is not really a trend. In my opinion, this combination is an eternal classic. Despite I am a fan of a pop of color, when it comes to black and white, I like it the Ying Yang way, just black plus white side-by-side.

Since this trend is an evergreen, it is perfect for creating a business casual look. In other words, clothing in this color are worth the investment when it comes to blazers, skirts and pants as well as shoes and bags. Of course, you will have to go with a classic cut or a classic with a twist. In case of white T-shirts and button-down shirts be prepared to buy them new every year. They tend to “yellow” under the arms or totally or get grayish over time. Here you can go for a trendy cut to look up-to-date and not Old Lady or old-fashioned/too conservative. Interested in more tips on how to know when to splurge and when to bargain?

mature black white fashion OOTD with leather skirt and pepper and salt blazer
Ann Taylor pepper and salt blazer over knee-length Oliveo leather pencil skirt with Jones New York polka dot button-down shirt, pearls, structured bag, and Anne Klein nude slingbacks (all own)

How to keep an all black and white OOTD interesting

To keep this desaturated color palette interesting I play with structure (the boucle of the thrifted blazer) , pattern (the polka dot blouse), and material (the leather skirt). I closed the blazer with a gold brooch that is from the estate of my late grandma Hannah. To lengthen the legs I wore nude sling backs. To stay warm on the commute to work I pulled my Burberry Prorsum trench coat over.

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over 50 years old fashion blogger in ying and yang inspired black and white mature OOTD for work
Burberry trench coat over Anne Taylor pepper-and-salt blazer closed with a brooch worn over Oliveo leather skirt and polka dot Jones New York shirt with structured bag and Anne Klein slingbacks (all own)

Other Ying-Yang inspired looks

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Photos: G. Kramm

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