Is there anything more stylish than an outfit that’s all black and white? While some might say you need colour to be exciting, the striking contrast between these two hues is sure to thrill. Simultaneously bold and understated, black and white outfits are perennially chic and take minimalism to the maximum. Sharp enough for the office, simple enough for casual wear, and eye-catching enough for evening outings, black and white outfits can take you anywhere. All you need to do is keep your colourless look from becoming bland by reworking these classic shades in modern ways.
1. Black and White Striped Blazer
Black and white stripes create a bold and unmissable outfit feature. To make the most of their striking appearance, enlist the help of structured styles, such as blazers. Combining black and white stripes with a blazer creates a statement jacket that’s sharp and stylish. For the most flattering look, choose verticle lines that’ll lengthen your body. Also, be aware of how the different thicknesses of stripes can affect the boldness of the overall look. When it comes to outfits, pairing a black and white striped blazer with matching pants is a daring option. For a more subdued appearance, you can opt for a simple black pair instead.
2. Outfits With Black Jeans
Every woman should have a pair of black jeans in her closet. Not only is the classic pant style a weekend wardrobe staple, but it’s also perfect for smart-casual dress codes. To give your black jeans a chic upgrade, try wearing them in a head-to-toe black and white outfit. The fresh colour of white against your favourite black skinnies will create a clean and contemporary appearance. Just be sure to add a little edge to ensure you don’t end up looking like you’re wearing a uniform. Although a white shirt will appear sophisticated, some black boots and a cool coat or jacket are the keys to maintaining an exciting aesthetic.
3. White Pants Outfits
Although they may be harder to get right than black pants, white pants make a fantastic outfit option. Undeniably chic, white pants carry a sense of luxury and style, as long as they’re worn in the right way. Instead of your usual white summer jeans, consider trying some white, wide-leg, cropped pants this season. The contemporary style is on-trend for 2017 and makes a great option for more sophisticated outfits. To balance the weight of these voluminous pants, keep the rest of your look slim. A fitted, white, long-sleeved top, structured black blazer and black heels are the perfect outfit additions to pair with white pants.
4. Black and White Shirt Outfits
A shirt is an excellent way to rock a black and white outfit. As shirts are commonly made in black and white, you should have no problem finding one you like to build an outfit around. While white will create a classic appearance, black shirts will have an edgier feel. For something in between, you can also opt for a chic black and white patterned shirt, such as a polka dot style, or even try layering shirts together! No matter which shade of shirt you choose, you’ll find that you’re colourless look works well with black, wide-leg pants and heels.
5. Black and White Suit
If you’re looking for a chic and contemporary outfit to rock to the office, how about trying a black and white suit? While a classic suit is sophisticated enough to adhere to even the most strict dress codes, a contrasting black and white print will keep your style completely on-trend. Although a white shirt and black pumps will naturally work well for the office, try switching things up for after work drinks. Some quirky platform brogues and a chic black camisole will add considerably more edge to this black and white look.
6. White and Black Dress
Depending on the pattern and ratio of contrasting tones, a black and white dress can be as bold or as understated as you like. Of course, no matter what design you wear, the dress will become the feature of your outfit. As such, it’s best to keep other items subtle and classic. For a casual look, a black, leather jacket will match perfectly. For a dressed-up appearance, on the other hand, a black blazer is a better option. When it comes to heels, black works best for both predominantly black and white dresses, but nude and cream can also pair well.
7. Black and White Blazer
No woman’s wardrobe is complete without a black blazer, and no minimalist’s wardrobe is complete without a white one. Sharp, sophisticated, and stylish, black and white blazers are ideal for elevating outfits from casual to chic. While you can, of course, wear your blazer with jeans or pants, pairing it with a dress creates a modern combination. Part business, part party, a clean-cut blazer and black, satin midi dress creates a striking juxtaposition. Then, for a genuinely new take on these classic colours, finish off your look with a touch of athleisure in the form of white sneakers.
8. Black or White Skirt
Now that you know how to rock black and white pants and dresses for 2017, it’s time to find out how to give your skirts an upgrade. Chances are you’ve got several styles just hanging in your wardrobe, be them minis, midis, pencils or maxis. Pull them out this season and give them some new life with a fresh black and white look. For a quick and easy option, pair your black skirt with a white shirt, black jumper or jacket, and some black booties. As for white skirts, they pair best with white tops and chic, black accessories.
9. White T-Shirt Outfits
A white T-shirt is another wardrobe staple that can easily be reworked into a chic, black and white outfit for 2017. Although there are countless ways you can wear your white T-shirt, you’ll never fail when choosing a simple outfit with a feature or two that adds edge. A foolproof way to achieve this is by pairing a white tee with black pants, some black high heels and a black, embellished, bomber jacket. While the majority of the outfit will appear classic, the jacket will add a fashion-forward element to solidify your look as a gorgeous 2017 style.
10. Outfits with White Shoes
While black shoes go with everything, white shoes can be harder to style, but once you get them right, you’ll want to rock them all the time. Whether you’re looking for a way to wear your white sneakers, flats, stilettos, or mules, white shoes will always work as part of a black and white outfit. To balance out your light shoes, just choose an outfit that’s black and white with the majority being the darker hue. By sticking to mostly black, you’ll create a balanced look that’s sophisticated and modern, and by adding a little more white, you’ll ensure that your shoes don’t stand out in an awkward way.