How to Build a Stylish Black-and-White Wardrobe
Every woman needs a wardrobe foundation consisting of black and white separates. Don't overlook shoes, accessories and a few funky surprises for good measure. If you are lacking several black and white pieces in your closet, here are some sure-fire tips to help you ease into this timeless and versatile look.
As you find yourself mindlessly gazing into your closet convinced you have nothing to wear, consider picking up black or white basics to stretch your wardrobe. These essentials will give you the ability to pull a classic look together in the blink of an eye. Black and white will also eliminate color coordination issues. You'll always look pulled together and elegant.
Little Black Dress
You probably know the importance of the LBD. Coco Chanel introduced this concept in 1926 and has since become a staple. The little black dress holds its own in a world that is full of ridiculous fashion trends. Purchase at least one basic black dress that can effortlessly go from business meetings to cocktail parties.
Pair your LBD with a cropped white jacket and black-and-white spectator pumps for the office. After work, ditch the jacket, add a red patent belt and black stilettos for a night on the town.
Classic White Shirt
Is it a blouse or a shirt? Whatever you call it, it is a must-have for your black-and-white wardrobe. Whether it comes in the form of a crisp button down or a feminine number with billowy sleeves and a peter pan collar, you can pair it with a skirt and throw on a black blazer or wool cardigan for a conservative daytime look.
Wear it untucked with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a casual weekend vibe. Cinch it with a couple of thin black belts, tuck in the front or tie it up at the waist. Slip on a pair of black leggings and ankle boots for a day of shopping. Make sure you purchase a quality fabric—it may be a bit of an investment but with proper care you’ll have it for many years to come.
A simple black skirt is as indispensable as the little black dress when selecting the components of black-and-white style. Purchase a skirt and jacket set and you have automatically extended your wardrobe by two pieces.
Choose a cut and length of skirt that flatters your body type then you can wear your APBS (all-purpose black skirt) with a solid white or black-and-white print top. Pick a black skirt made from worsted wool or a medium weight synthetic for year-round wear.
You can never have too many solid white tee shirts in your closet. Dress ‘em up or dress ‘em down—they are your best friends. Find styles and cuts that show off your curves and stock up when they go on sale. Sleeveless, cap-sleeved and long sleeved white tees come to the rescue in almost any fashion emergency. Tees work with skirts, leggings, shorts and jeans.These chameleons of the black-and-white fashion world can also take on the business world when worn under a suit.
Every fashionista needs a few of these aces up her sleeve. Give your black-and-white essentials a fresh perspective with these wardrobe wild cards. You don’t have to spend a great deal of money to add a few fashion forward items to your stylish repertoire. Think tunics, tees, skirts, shirts, shorts, sweaters, scarves and even leggings in bold geometric designs, animal prints, stripes, polka dots and florals.
And don't forget the accessories! The sky's the limit when you go on the hunt for just the right handbags, shoes and jewelry to complete your black-and-white wardrobe.
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