You know by now that I have lots of clothes that fit this category. Which means it should be easy for me to paint it black and find a whiter shade of pale.
And that would be true except sometimes too much choice is not a good thing. I really don’t want this post to run on for days or to throw a hundred looks at you. I’m afraid you would become bored and all the black and white would put you to sleep. Or me to sleep!
So I have made a concerted effort to narrow down the options to my favourites…or those that I feel are truly worthy of you.
And even at that, this is going to be a multi-part posting!
So we may as well start with skirts and dresses. Trust me, this is nowhere near all of the black and white options I had piled up to work with but I’ve picked five that work best for me and are pretty easy to work with if you want to try something similar.
The White Dress - I have started with a white dress, midi-length (Antipodean, purchased from Shopbop.com). I like that it has leather trim around the arm opening and pockets.I have added a black belt and vintage handbag, which I think play toward the 40s vintage look and to make sure the 40s thing is full on the mid-heel t-bar black shoe with white trim. Just for fun I have put a white and silver scarab pendant on a piece of black and white ribbon to wear as a necklace (purchased in Egypt).
- Black and White for Work - A simple black wool pencil skirt, topped by a white button-down shirt with pleated shoulder detail (shirt from Hong Kong, skirt tailor-made in Hong Kong). Matched with the old Target $25 handbag, black pearl necklaces and bracelet, plus white and grey cut-out mid-heel shoes.
- Black and White Zig-Zag Print Skirt – Here’s another look that can be worn to work. I did something similar when looking at Gypsy Chic using a different skirt and boots. You know I love the ruffled shirts! Matched up with a fitted vest and my zig-zag print skirt it all comes together looking pretty sharp! Add in the Target bag (again), an art deco necklace from Egypt and the ballet flats it’s good for a busy day at work. You may remember the skirt was purchased at a discount store in the US.
Black & White and Leather all Over! - Even though it is subtle, I wanted this look to be a mix of prints. I have used the black leather bomber/varsity jacket and the black boots to tie it all together. You will notice that the shirt is striped, the skirt is a fine plaid and then the scarf and handbag are two more prints! Four prints in one look and I think it works pretty well. It’s a great way to get used to mixing prints if you haven’t yet gotten into that trend. I really like this look and am sure that I’ll be wearing it soon…maybe to the CFC breakfast in June.
- Black and White Fun! – I love the 60s vibe of this white eyelet lace dress. Trouble is, it’s too short for my old lady knees! So I have matched it up with a really cool pair of leggings I purchased in Hong Kong. I love how the pattern in the leggings kind of mimics the pattern in the lace. I worked on New Years Day this year and wore this to work as a bit of a celebration! Add in some black and white jewelry a big black bag big enough to carry the laptop and ballet flats and you are good to go. With a little black cardigan it would make a great airplane look – chic yet comfortable.
There will be five more looks in part two. Just in case you haven’t had enough black and white!