While I'm all for bright and bold for summer, there is also something to be said for the iconic pairing of black and white pieces. Both classic and modern, the stark contrast of black and white offers sophistication, elegance, and edge to any outfit. Whether on a color-block shift, or an avant-garde jacket, dark and light combinations feel fresh and always manage to look polished. Embrace this season's colorless palette, further proving that indeed, opposites do attract.
Sultry & Sweet
This season's black and white combination feels even more fashion forward when done on lace fabric. Nanette Lepore trims this black lace dress with cream embroidery, resulting in an equally sultry and sweet combination. The relaxed shift silhouette is perfect for the summer and is a practical option for both day and night time occasions.
Nanette Lepore Lace Contrast Dress $448
The Peter Pan
Embrace puritan-chic ware in this black and white peter pan blouse from ALC. Both serious and stark, this fashion forward button down feels both modern and classic. The pop of white on the peter pan collar lends femininity while the semi-sheer fabric adds sexiness to an otherwise crisp top. Pair this blouse with a pencil skirt or tapered pants for a streamlined effect.
ALC Kyla Blouse $355
Rag & Bone's take on this season's black and white combination offers a fresh take on feminine menswear. The pairing of black and white looks exceptionally chic on these slim split skinny leggings, making for a fashionable and practical separate. The pocketless front and formfitting cut, give way to a super flattering fit.
Take the drama up a notch by working this dark and light duo within a dramatic lace confection. Kate Spade's version comes in a crisp A-line skirt with a contrasting underlay. Combine this feminine separate with a bright silk blouse for a bold and modern contrast.
Kate spade New York Judy Skirt $358
Stripes Are Sexier than Dots
Prooof that indeed stripes are sexier than dots when done in a seductive black and white combination. Vince Camuto's version features tiered ruffles and a mixed striped print. The skirt's formfitting design highlights the female shape in all the right places, while its elastic waistband provides both a comfortable and secure fit.
Vince Camuto Tiered Stripe Skirt $99
For the Femme Fatale
Add a tuxedo inspired blazer to your light and dark wardrobe selection, for a sexy alternative to your summer jacket. Charlotte Russe's black & white affordable version is both form-fitting and sleek, modern and classic. Wear this chic blazer over tailored shorts and a camisole for instant sophistication.
Charlotte Russe Black & White Tuxedo Blazer $39.99
Your Holiday Jacket
Get an early start on the 4th of July by donning this black and white star printed blazer from Patterson J. Kincaid. This casual printed jacket makes for a great layering piece for both day and evening occasions. While the jacket's star pattern has a playful and cute vibe, its black and white palette offers instant polish. Pair this fun jacket over denim cutoffs and a white tank for a fresh take on printed pieces.
Patterson J. Kincaid Ricci Star Blazer $198
The Mykonos Hat
Give yourself a whiff of a tropical vacation by wearing this black and white floppy beach hat from Michael Stars. An elegant alternative to the requisite beach cap, this wavy striped hat looks uber-chic and fashion forward. Wear this hat on the beach or while shopping for chic sun coverage.
Michael Stars Mykonos Striped Beach Hat $64
The Equestrian Belt
Embrace equestrian-chic by wearing Tory Burch's reversible ivory/black two-tone belt over an all white getup. This classic logo belt offers instant style to any ensemble simply upon wear. This classic accessory makes for an investment staple that you will wear long after the summer's over.
Tory Burch Reversible logo Belt $195