10 Most Stylish Ways to Wear Black and White

Here's proof the color combination is far from boring.

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A black and white outfit is the universal answer to every dressing dilemma. Feeling underdressed? Swap your look for something in solid black and feel instantly confident. Unclear dress code? All those fashion magazines you read in high school were right, a little black dress really is your safest bet. Want to feel polished at a picnic? Throw on an ensemble of entirely white pieces and try not to spill. 

There’s something incredibly stylish about streamlining your outfit options with black and white pieces. Silhouettes have the chance to shine, for one. And the outfits carry a timelessness, giving you a green light for investing in pieces that will last for many a dressing dilemma to come. Keep reading for tips on how to wear black and white.

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All Black Everything

Some formulas are too good to mess with. Exhibit A: an all-black outfit. Need proof, look to the Olsens. Some of their best outfits are just incredibly well-cut black pieces paired together. 

70s Stovepipe Distressed Jeans
Re/Done 70s Stovepipe Distressed Jeans $169
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Mini Double Loop Bag
Cuyana Mini Double Loop Bag $195
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Petra Top
Nanushka Petra Top $375
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White Dress and Black Chunky Sandal

When it comes to juxtaposition, black and white is an obvious choice. Take the contrast one step further by mixing a white, feminine dress with heavy, black fisherman sandals. 

Handmade Women Fisherman Sandals
Minimallegacy Handmade Women Fisherman Sandals $175
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Script Embellished Oversized Dress
Sister Jane Script Embellished Oversized Dress $196
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Unreal! Sunglasses
Le Specs Unreal! Sunglasses $79
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03 of 10

White on White

Opting for a monochromatic look is a simple way to feel polished in a snap. Bonus points for all white, which reads as super cool, no matter the season. Keep things interesting by focusing on contrasting textures.

The Bikini Vision Sunglasses
Crap Eyewear The Bikini Vision Sunglasses $99
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Pavlova Pant
The Summer House Pavlova Pant $78
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Ashley Shirt
Studio Bllanc Ashley Shirt $280
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Matching Set

What’s cooler than monochromatic? A matching set in matching tones. Try trading in a sweater on top for chilly nights or jeans on the bottom for a more casual look. Otherwise, embrace the summer’s favorite trend, proving suit sets reign outside of the office, too. 

Organic Linen Short Sleeve Shirt
Quince Organic Linen Short Sleeve Shirt $35
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Organic Linen Shorts
Quince Organic Linen Shorts $30
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Overall Effect

While colorful overalls can easily read as young, a striped pair plus a ribbed black bodysuit reads a little more mature. It offers maximum comfort on those days when separates are just too much to manage. 

Essential Rib Bodysuit
Parallel Apparel Essential Rib Bodysuit $62
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Carhartt WIP Trade Overall
End. Carhartt WIP Trade Overall $175
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Shiny Gum Sneaker
Superga Shiny Gum Sneaker $85
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Lingerie Inspired

One perk of keeping an entire outfit black is that it gives any trend a feeling of timelessness. It’s a trick to keep the latest trends from feeling fleeting. Embrace nighttime dressing during the day in a sleek ensemble of all black.

Vera Hoops
Brinker & Eliza Vera Hoops $128
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Lace Trim Silk Camisole
Lilysilk Lace Trim Silk Camisole $65
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Denim Bermuda Shorts
Khaite Mitch Denim Bermuda Shorts $320
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Blazer and a White Tee

Long gone are the days where sporting a blazer meant a formal business meeting was in order. Try the classic piece of outerwear for your next dinner. Pairing it with an easy white tee keeps it feeling casual. 

Denmark Riis Three-Hand Black Leather Watch
Skagen Denmark Riis Three-Hand Black Leather Watch $125
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Bea Blazer
The Frankie Shop Bea Blazer $345
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T-shirt
Hanes Women’s Nano T Shirt $7
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08 of 10

Black and White Florals

Florals feel dressed up in black and white. Paired with this darling cardigan, you’re set for whatever last-minute event summer throws at you—from a backyard wedding to a late-night walk on the beach.

Canyon Midi Dress Fiorella Floral Print
Faithfull the Brand Canyon Midi Dress Fiorella Floral Print $199
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Nico Chunky Cardigan
Alex Mill Nico Chunky Cardigan $125
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The New Little Black Dress

Yes, everything you read in fashion magazines about the LBD is still true. It’s still the secret to looking sophisticated in one step. Bring a modern interpretation to life with a cotton puff-sleeve iteration paired with a sleek gold bracelet.

Cotton Poplin Dress
Ganni Cotton Poplin Dress $295
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Heel Leather Sandal
Mango Heel Leather Sandal $70
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Bijoux Leon Bracelet
26 Juin Bijoux Leon Bracelet $82
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10 of 10

Break the Rules

This relaxed color block dress proves there’s nothing quite as bearable as the timeless (lack of) color combination. This look feels like a proper jack-of-all-trades with a silhouette inspired by Jackie Kennedy.

Besette Dress
Saks Potts Besette Dress $380
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Yankees Cap
Moma NY Yankees Cap $30
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Midform Universal Chunky Sandals
Teva Midform Universal Chunky Sandals $60
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