12 Outfits That Prove Black and White Are Anything But Boring

Although we’ve been all over the red trend recently, we wouldn’t call ourselves true fashion girls and guys if we didn’t have a soft spot for the timeless combination of black and white in an outfit. Whether a colorless outfit feels dull to you or a pared-back palette has always been part of your personal style, we can all agree that this color combination transcends seasons and trends and, above all, always looks sophisticated. (Heads-up: You’ll find some work-perfect looks here.) Yes, black-and-white outfits can easily come across as lifeless or boringly corporate. But fashion folks agree that it’s all in the styling when it comes to looking extremely chic in these simple tones.

Find out what makes these black-and-white outfits anything but boring and shop the pieces you need to create a beautifully pared-down look for yourself.

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All about accessoriesground a crisp white dress with black shoes, a black bag, and a black belt.

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One word: layering. A white lace shirt elevates a tailored jumpsuit and adds pretty texture.

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Mix flirty and tailored styles together to create a unique balance between the two. Leandra toughens up a delicate lace dress with a sharp blazer.

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If there's one print that looks so good in black and white, it's bold polka dots. Fashion girls are loving the pattern on everything this season.

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Your go-to black-and-white outfit should be this simple yet fresh look. White boots are the perfect item to liven up an otherwise all-black ensemble.

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Pile on the patterns. Mix and match a few different black-and-white patterns in your outfit. Just make sure they’re all small or all large prints.

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Have an eye out for details. Black-and-white outfits can easily come across as boring, so opt for unconventional silhouettes like balloon sleeves or cool finishes like leather.

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The outfit combination we’re wearing on repeating this fall: pretty blouse + midi skirt + slouchy knee-high boots.

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Contrast stitching elevates even the most basic styles.

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Okay, so we said white boots were the only shoes that mattered this season, and we lied. All white shoes have us hitting the heart-eye emoji.

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Copy and paste this outfit when you run out of things to wear to work.

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Try ankle-strap shoes with contrasting colors.

Shop the black and white items made for mixing and matching:

When you want to feel like you never left your bed.

White boots are everywhere right nowdo you have a pair yet?

We'd love to wear this with fall's coziest sweaters.

This is exactly how to wear lace during the day.

The French-girl shoes that will never go out of style.

The contrast stitch instantly makes this denim jacket anything but average.

Wear with sneakers and a graphic tee for a cool off-duty look.

These are Kate Moss's favorite sneakers, FYI.

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