Ready Made Outfit: Not So Basic Black and White

December 19th, 2008


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As much as we love bright colors, sometimes the chicest outfits are constructed from black and white.  Here’s how to combine black and white for a look that’s anything but boring:

1. Start with a plain white button down shirt.  Extra style points for special details, such as tuxedo pleating or french cuffs.
2. Pair the plain white button down with a pair of dark rinse jeans.  Dark blue jeans are classic, but grey jeans are also a chic choice.
3. Slip on the visual centerpiece of the outfit: a swing jacket in oversized black and white buffalo plaid.
4. Accessorize!  For warmth, a pair of cashmere gloves.  For style, a bow-tie necklace, a top-handle black and white handbag, and a pair of shiny black booties.

How would you wear black and white?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christa  |  December 19th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I see a white long sleeve button down and a short sleeve swing coat… how do you wear the sleeve length-discrepancy? Just have the shirt sleeves sticking out of the coat??

  • 2. Sal  |  December 19th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve been toying with trying white pants and a black top - the opposite of my normal B&W pairing. Also so drawn to gray jeans lately …

  • 3. elle  |  December 19th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    This is one of my favorite Ready Made Outfits so far! The coat and handbag are gorgeous! I have half a mind to go out to the shops right now to find this outfit for my holiday fetes!

  • 4. deka  |  December 19th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    i like a white button down, black blazer, and dark jeans
    i have to have some color so i put a pretty scarf, red pumps, or a patent leather handbag
    thatshideous.com

  • 5. mimi  |  December 21st, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I’d add a pop of color too. Red shoes, a turquoise necklace, bright pink gloves…

  • 6. Trisha  |  December 22nd, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Christa - Yes, you can have the shirt sleeves sticking out of the coat.

    Mimi and Deka - While the outfit works in plain black and white, it could definitely be worn with a pop of color.

    Sal - Gray jeans are rivaling dark blue jeans as my favorite go-to pants. I love that they’re a little different…and yet so versatile!

  • 7. FeiFei  |  January 23rd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I have a similar swing coat that I don’t know what to do with. It seems too thin to wear as a coat, but too think to wear around indoors. Do you add even more layers underneat to wear in 30 degree weather? or is it appropriate to wear indoors at the office?

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