Black and white have forever been a chic color combination, and no matter the season or current trend, black and white clothing, whether worn together or alone, make for timeless classics. Worn together there is a play on masculine/feminine, sometimes bold and edgy and sometimes romantic yet structured. Check out these 10 new patterns and exciting ways to wear black and white together…
According to whowhatwear it’s said that no issue is ever black and white, but when it comes to one of the season’s can’t-miss trends, we must humbly reply: au contraire.
The whowhatwear celeb looks in the collage above pull together black + white in an effective way. Check out the patterns below to build your own classic wardrobe:
Wrap blouse with ruffled collar: Wrap yourself up in elegance and chicness in a billowy ruffled blouse. This top dresses up jeans and makes for a great office-to-dinner staple.
Dress with galloon lace: Galloon lace is often used in undergarments and bridal gowns. It’s soft and supple and can be used effectively as a trim, such as used in the dress above. This pattern would also translate well if you cut the entire dress pattern out of white lace, and lined it in a black lining. Pretty…
White gabardine bells and a simple black blouse: A timeless pairing, white wide leg trousers and a simple black button down blouse are as classic as one can get. Both patterns stand well on their own, but make for the perfect go-to outfit for an interview, a date, the office or dinner.
Dress with pin tucks & Peter Pan Collar: A Peter Pan collar and long billowy sleeves make this sweet dress a hit. The front pleats add an interesting detail as well. Cutting the dress from an opaque fabric and the sleeves from a sheer fabric would enhance the elegant side of this pattern.
Blouse with Peter Pan collar and pleats: This blouse is one of the most versatile patterns in this bunch. If you don’t want to use chiffon (which is so tricky to sew with) try it in a sheer cotton voile for the same effect. Making the collar in contrasting black makes it look more vintage.
Black dress with lace inset: If you have anything formal coming up, this may be what you are wearing. Take a cue from Valentino and try this hot little number in a stretch wool— it’s sure to turn heads.
Chiffon blouse with jabot and knee-length A-line skirt: Another timeless combination, this alluring blouse paired with a more simple skirt make for a great daily uniform. The blouse would also be fun in a printed silk or cotton lawn if sewing the chiffon seems daunting. For the skirt, you can simplify it by removing the pockets.
Dress with Peter Pan collar: My personal favorite of the bunch this pattern has serious potential— you can go basic and do it in black with a white collar, you can do the inverse color scheme a la Chanel, or you can experiment with prints, tweeds, wools, whatever catches your eye. The shape is a timeless classic.