Black and white: when isn’t it cool?

Maybe you style yourself as smart, rocking a grid pattern or a mishmash of stripes and spots, or perhaps you prefer leggings hugged by a slogan tee. You might be more into houndstooth or plaid, but whatever it is, never did two colours produce as much choice and variety as these.

#OOTD Monochrome Shorts & Tee

#OOTD Monochrome Shorts & Tee

#OOTD Monochrome Shorts & Tee

#OOTD Monochrome Shorts & Tee

 

For 2015, monochrome chic is a long white sleeveless blazer over black skinnies and stilettos, or a strappy two-tone bodycon dress. It’s a check crop over matching cigarette trousers, both seemingly held together by dark panels. Alternatively, it could be a grid knit worked as a mini dress, or paired with a skirt in a reverse colourway.

Let’s take Kate Moss, who can play anybody, including vamp. So naturally, that’s what she did, in a black lace dress and a vintage white cropped jacket. French actor Lea Seydoux, on the other hand, kept her pale lacy outfit casual with dark beach sandals.

Step out in something a little more street-wise with T-shirt, black jeans and a fedora. Add a leather bomber to tartan trousers and ankle boots, or go asymetric in a wrap-around skirt. Get that sixties vibe in overalls or monochrome blocks, or anchor a thin gingham maxi with chunky footwear. Be demure in a white dress embellished with soft feathers, but style it edgy by pulling on a moto jacket.

Expand your palette with grey layers, or add a pop of brightness, with a red clunky necklace or a yellow bag. Let orange, purple or indigo jump out, or grab yourself a piece of gold statement jewellery. Confound expectations with a white coat covering charcoal, or venture out in an all-black outfit with ivory accessories (or vice versa, as in Emma Watson’s skater dress, the colour of snow with dark zipper-detail Chelsea boots).

Break up any tendency to severity with a pattern, be it flora, fauna or geometric – Florence Welch’s jumpsuit leads the way here – and mix print sizes. Beyoncé had other ideas, and teamed black leather shorts with a white blazer to devastating effect. You could follow with a clingy ivory mini dress, sequin-enlivened bomber, and killer heels.

Hold up slouchy white trousers or a boho maxi with a wide smoky belt, and check out Cate Blanchett’s snowy vest and jacket, turned into a three-piece suit, courtesy of black trousers. And remember, life isn’t black and white – but your clothes can be.

Black And White Outfits: The featured photo is of Carmen Hamilton wearing a white coat and black jeans from Asos, black camisole from J Brand, black sneakers from Nike and the black clutch is from Saint Laurent

Krystal Bick in a black and white striped silk top, black ballgown skirt and a black leather jacket  Top, skirt and jacket: St. John; Shoes: Saint Laurent; Clutch: Charlotte Olympia

Krystal Bick in a black and white striped silk top, black ballgown skirt and a black leather jacket

Top, skirt and jacket: St. John; Shoes: Saint Laurent; Clutch: Charlotte Olympia

Felicia Akerstrom is wearing a black and white skirt from Zara, black sweater from Uniqlo, bag from Chanel, and the shoes from Ash

Felicia Akerstrom is wearing a black and white skirt from Zara, black sweater from Uniqlo, bag from Chanel, and the shoes from Ash

Effortlessly chic. Black blazer and shoes and a white shift dress. Via Jacey Duprie  Dress: ATM Monte Carlo, Blazer: Helmut Lang, Sandals: Manolo Blahnik

Effortlessly chic. Black blazer and shoes and a white shift dress. Via Jacey Duprie

Dress: ATM Monte Carlo, Blazer: Helmut Lang, Sandals: Manolo Blahnik

Amber Fillerup Clark is wearing a black top from Splendid, black and white skirt from Issa and the sunglasses are from from Karen Walker

Amber Fillerup Clark is wearing a black top from Splendid, black and white skirt from Issa and the sunglasses are from from Karen Walker

Black And White Casual Outfits: Chriselle Lim is wearing a black and white long sleeved top and printed skirt from Trouve with a pair of French Connection heels

Chriselle Lim is wearing a black and white long sleeved top and printed skirt from Trouve with a pair of French Connection heels

Jean Wang is wearing a white shirt with black dots from from Ann Taylor and a black and white striped skirt from Chicwish

Jean Wang is wearing a white shirt with black dots from from Ann Taylor and a black and white striped skirt from Chicwish

How To Wear A Black And White Outfit: Lisa Hamilton is wearing a pair of Forever New skinny jeans, a biker jacket from Jessie and black ankle boots

Lisa Hamilton is wearing a pair of Forever New skinny jeans, a biker jacket from Jessie and black ankle boots

How To Style A Black And White Outfit: Mary is wearing a white Alexander Wang crop top with Alexander McQueen trousers

Mary is wearing a white Alexander Wang crop top with Alexander McQueen trousers

Black and white maxi dress, black leather jacket and pure white sneakers. Via Carmen Hamilton  Jacket: Dion Lee, Dress: Toni Maticevski, Sneakers: Adidas

Black and white maxi dress, black leather jacket and pure white sneakers. Via Carmen Hamilton

Jacket: Dion Lee, Dress: Toni Maticevski, Sneakers: Adidas

Monochrome has never looked better than on Lydia Millen, with her black shirt and matching bag with a white shirt!  Shops: not specified

Monochrome has never looked better than on Lydia Millen, with her black shirt and matching bag with a white shirt!

Shops: not specified

Black vest, white shirt dress and black heels. Via Thao Nhi Le  Vest: Floral Punk, Blouse: UrbanOutfitters, Shoes: Zara, Hat: H&M, Bag: Brandy Melville

Black vest, white shirt dress and black heels. Via Thao Nhi Le

Vest: Floral Punk, Blouse: UrbanOutfitters, Shoes: Zara, Hat: H&M, Bag: Brandy Melville

Victoria Tornegren in a black and white outfit, white shirt, black pants and a leather handbag   Shirt: Rut&Circle, Pants: Gina Tricot, Bag: Asos

Victoria Tornegren in a black and white outfit, white shirt, black pants and a leather handbag

Shirt: Rut&Circle, Pants: Gina Tricot, Bag: Asos

Kayla Seah in a black and white casual outfit, wearing a black and white printed top, white skinny jeans and a handbag   Top: Rebecca Minkoff, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff

Kayla Seah in a black and white casual outfit, wearing a black and white printed top, white skinny jeans and a handbag

Top: Rebecca Minkoff, Jeans: Rag & Bone, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff

 

Sara Donaldson in a simple black skirt and shoes and a white top  Skirt: Josh Goot, Top: Country Road, Shoes: Balmain

Sara Donaldson in a simple black skirt and shoes and a white top

Skirt: Josh Goot, Top: Country Road, Shoes: Balmain

Black & White Dresses: Mary is wearing a Free People patterned dress with a pair of black Rag & Bone heels

Mary is wearing a Free People patterned dress with a pair of black Rag & Bone heels

Black And White Outfits With Colour: Ms Trienta is wearing an off the shoulder H&M crop top, black lace up Zara heels and a Dresslux skirt

Ms Trienta is wearing an off the shoulder H&M crop top, black lace up Zara heels and a Dresslux skirt

Black And White Outfits For A Party: Lisa Hamilton is wearing a white Kardashian Kollection jacket with a Helmut Lang tee and an Aje Sorian mini skirt

Lisa Hamilton is wearing a white Kardashian Kollection jacket with a Helmut Lang tee and an Aje Sorian mini skirt

Chloé wears a long white T-shirt from H&M, black skirt from American Apparel and the black sandals are from Topshop

Chloé wears a long white T-shirt from H&M, black skirt from American Apparel and the black sandals are from Topshop

Annette Haga is wearing a black faux fur vest from Asos, white shirt from Cameo, black leather pants from H&M Trend, black and white sneakers from Adidas and the black bag is from Céline

Annette Haga is wearing a black faux fur vest from Asos, white shirt from Cameo, black leather pants from H&M Trend, black and white sneakers from Adidas and the black bag is from Céline

Black And White Formal Outfits: Lian Galliard is wearing a white Bastyan dress with a pair of Elizabeth Stuart heels and a Miss Guided clutch

Lian Galliard is wearing a white Bastyan dress with a pair of Elizabeth Stuart heels and a Miss Guided clutch

Black And White Outfit Ideas: Blair Eadie is wearing a black AYR cape with Joe Fresh shirt and a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels

Blair Eadie is wearing a black AYR cape with Joe Fresh shirt and a pair of Stuart Weitzman heels

Black And White Outfits For Spring: Nicoletta Reggio is wearing a white Zara shirt and black Jennifer jeans

Nicoletta Reggio is wearing a white Zara shirt and black Jennifer jeans

Black And White Fashion Trend: Annemiek Kessels is wearing a white maxi dress and heels from Zara

Annemiek Kessels is wearing a white maxi dress and heels from Zara

Black And White Day Outfits: Anette Haga is wearing a leather jacket from The Kooples with a Zara maxi skirt

Anette Haga is wearing a leather jacket from The Kooples with a Zara maxi skirt

 

Black And White Outfits For Spring: Lovely by Lucy is wearing a collared Weekday white shirt with black Asos trousers and Adidas sneakers

Lovely by Lucy is wearing a collared Weekday white shirt with black Asos trousers and Adidas sneakers

Black And White Casual Outfits: Sendi Skopljak is wearing white Gina Tricot t shirt with Persunmall trousers, a black clutch bag and animal print heels

Sendi Skopljak is wearing white Gina Tricot t shirt with Persunmall trousers, a black clutch bag and animal print heels

Black And White Fashion Trend: Johanna Olsson is wearing a white River Island tee pair with black leather Designers Remix trousers, DVF heels and a 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch bag

Johanna Olsson is wearing a white River Island tee pair with black leather Designers Remix trousers, DVF heels and a 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch bag

Caroline Louis is wearing a white dress with a black leather jacket and black shoes from Alaia, Acne and Isabel Marant respectively

Caroline Louis is wearing a white dress with a black leather jacket and black shoes from Alaia, Acne and Isabel Marant respectively

Black And White Blazer Outfit: Barbora Ondrackova is wearing a white Zara blazer over an Acne top with a pair of Zara leather leggings and black lace up Choies heels

Barbora Ondrackova is wearing a white Zara blazer over an Acne top with a pair of Zara leather leggings and black lace up Choies heels

Accessorise A Black And White Outfit: Daniela Ramirez is wearing a Shoppiin midi skirt with a black Daily Look crop top and a Zinc blue handbag

Daniela Ramirez is wearing a Shoppiin midi skirt with a black Daily Look crop top and a Zinc blue handbag

Black And White Blazer Outfit: Mandy Shadforth is wearing a creme jacket with black leather pants and ankle boots

Mandy Shadforth is wearing a creme jacket with black leather pants and ankle boots

Black And White Outfit Ideas: Kaitlyn Ham is wearing an Asos white loose shirt with Helmut Lang leather pants and black chunky sandals

Kaitlyn Ham is wearing an Asos white loose shirt with Helmut Lang leather pants and black chunky sandals

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Mandy Shadforth is wearing a black and white knee length skirt with a leather jacket all from Camille & Marc

Mandy Shadforth is wearing a black and white knee length skirt with a leather jacket all from Camille & Marc

Jennifer Grace is wearing a all black and white, top from Equipment and a Valencia skirt

Jennifer Grace is wearing a all black and white, top from Equipment and a Valencia skirt

White And Black Outfit: Sheryl Luke is wearing a black leather jacket from Zara and the black and white striped dress is from Shop Akira

Sheryl Luke is wearing a black leather jacket from Zara and the black and white striped dress is from Shop Akira

Black And White Only Outfits: Kenza Zouiten is wearing black leather trousers from Jofama by Kenza, white sweater from Forever 21, the bag is from Miu Miu bag, and the black ankle boots and the white coat is from Notion 1.3

Kenza Zouiten is wearing black leather trousers from Jofama by Kenza, white sweater from Forever 21, the bag is from Miu Miu bag, and the black ankle boots and the white coat is from Notion 1.3

Black And White Outfits: Victoria Tornegren is wearing black and white shoes from Jennie-Ellen, black leather trousers from Choies, white coat from Issue 1.3 and the black bag is from Zara

Victoria Tornegren is wearing black and white shoes from Jennie-Ellen, black leather trousers from Choies, white coat from Issue 1.3 and the black bag is from Zara

Black And White Outfits: Olivia Palermo is wearing a black shearling sweater from Vince, black and white floral dress from Carolina Herrera, black turtleneck from Tibi and the boots are from Christian Louboutin

Olivia Palermo is wearing a black shearling sweater from Vince, black and white floral dress from Carolina Herrera, black turtleneck from Tibi and the boots are from Christian Louboutin

Alexandra Pereira is wearing an all black and white outfit, check skirt from Chicwish, shoes from Yves Saint Laurent, white coat from Zara, white jumper from Monki and the bag is from Fendi

Alexandra Pereira is wearing an all black and white outfit, check skirt from Chicwish, shoes from Yves Saint Laurent, white coat from Zara, white jumper from Monki and the bag is from Fendi

How To Wear A Black And White Outfit: Helena Glazer is wearing a white trench coat and black trousers from DKNY with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels

Helena Glazer is wearing a white trench coat and black trousers from DKNY with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Hailey Middleton is wearing a black long sleeved Rag & Bone sweater with a plaid mid length skirt

Hailey Middleton is wearing a black long sleeved Rag & Bone sweater with a plaid mid length skirt

How To Style A Black And White Outfit: Fanny Lyckman is wearing a Minusey leather jacket, a long sleeved Zara shirt with a pair of Gina Tricot trousers

How To Style A Black And White Outfit: Fanny Lyckman is wearing a Minusey leather jacket, a long sleeved Zara shirt with a pair of Gina Tricot trousers

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Silvia Garcia is wearing a leather jacket from Mango with a pair of Sarenza boots

Silvia Garcia is wearing a leather jacket from Mango with a pair of Sarenza boots

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Caroline Louis is wearing a Pearl and Rubies cape with a pair of leather trousers and ankle boots from Zara and an Equipment shirt

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Caroline Louis is wearing a Pearl and Rubies cape with a pair of leather trousers and ankle boots from Zara and an Equipment shirt

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Silvia Garcia is wearing a white Zara skirt with a black Givenchy handbag and heels

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Silvia Garcia is wearing a white Zara skirt with a black Givenchy handbag and heels

Sometimes you just need to keep it simple. Black And White Via Sandra Buisan, all clothing from 080 Chic

Sometimes you just need to keep it simple. Black And White Via Sandra Buisan, all clothing from 080 Chic

Megan Anderson is wearing all black and white, leather skirt from Zara, leather jacket from Iro, bag from Proenza Schouler and the shoes are from MB

Megan Anderson is wearing all black and white, leather skirt from Zara, leather jacket from Iro, bag from Proenza Schouler and the shoes are from MB

Black White Outfits this one via Atusa Jafari

Black White Outfits this one via Atusa Jafari

Black and white outfit Via The Trend Spotter

Black and white outfit Via The Trend Spotter

Black and White Outfit: Bo Mulder is wearing a black leather jacket and turtleneck with a pair of white knitted trousers

Black and White Outfit: Bo Mulder is wearing a black leather jacket and turtleneck with a pair of white knitted trousers

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Johanna Olsson is wearing a white leather jacket with black trousers ankle boots

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Johanna Olsson is wearing a white leather jacket with black trousers ankle boots

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Sarah Butler is wearing a Missguided snake print maxi dress with a black Elizabeth and James fur coat

Black and White Outfit Ideas: Sarah Butler is wearing a Missguided snake print maxi dress with a black Elizabeth and James fur coat

Vanja Milicevic is wearing black and white sneakers from Adidas, white jeans and black coat and bag from Zara, black and white scarf from Acne Studios

Vanja Milicevic is wearing black and white sneakers from Adidas, white jeans and black coat and bag from Zara, black and white scarf from Acne Studios

Sheryl Luke is wearing all black and white, jacket from Nines Brand, shirt from Maison De Papillon, jeans from Black Orchid, bag from Sophie Hulme  and the shoes are from Vince

Sheryl Luke is wearing all black and white, jacket from Nines Brand, shirt from Maison De Papillon, jeans from Black Orchid, bag from Sophie Hulme  and the shoes are from Vince

Jennifer Grace is wearing a white long sleeved crop top from Stella McCartney, black clutch from Givenchy, black trousers  from Balenciaga and the black sandals are from Saint Laurent

Jennifer Grace is wearing a white long sleeved crop top from Stella McCartney, black clutch from Givenchy, black trousers  from Balenciaga and the black sandals are from Saint Laurent

Black White Outfit: Sarah Butler is wearing black over the knee boots from Seychelles, leather mini skirt from Sam Edelman, knit black jumper from Vince, and the white shirt is from Alexander Wang

Black White Outfit: Sarah Butler is wearing black over the knee boots from Seychelles, leather mini skirt from Sam Edelman, knit black jumper from Vince, and the white shirt is from Alexander Wang

Mary Volkova is wearing a black and white outfit, the skirt is from Chicwish and the to top is from Tbdress

Mary Volkova is wearing a black and white outfit, the skirt is from Chicwish and the to top is from Tbdress

Audrey Leighton Rogers is wearing a black and white Mod outfit, collar dress from Asos and the bag is from Dior

Audrey Leighton Rogers is wearing a black and white Mod outfit, collar dress from Asos and the bag is from Dior

As simple as it gets. A white dress paired up with a black bag and black shoes Via Natalia Cabezas  Dress: Zara, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Prada

As simple as it gets. A white dress paired up with a black bag and black shoes Via Natalia Cabezas

Dress: Zara, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Prada

Lorna Luxe shows off the black and white trend with this smart spring outfit. An elegant cropped white top, leather maxi skirt and black heels   Skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: RMK Shoes

Lorna Luxe shows off the black and white trend with this smart spring outfit. An elegant cropped white top, leather maxi skirt and black heels

Skirt: Forever 21, Shoes: RMK Shoes

Josefin Ekstrom in a black and white outfit, black sweater, heels and flared white trousers   Sweater: Gina Tricot, Trousers: Mango, Shoes: Zara

Josefin Ekstrom in a black and white outfit, black sweater, heels and flared white trousers

Sweater: Gina Tricot, Trousers: Mango, Shoes: Zara

Victoria Tornegren in a white shirt, black shorts, flat sandals and a clutch bag  Shirt: Monki, Shorts: Selected Femme, Shoes: ATP, Bag: Channel

Victoria Tornegren in a white shirt, black shorts, flat sandals and a clutch bag

Shirt: Monki, Shorts: Selected Femme, Shoes: ATP, Bag: Channel

Frida Grahn is wearing a white T-shirt dress, black leather jacket, sandals and bag  Sandals: Din Sko, Bag: Chanel, Leather Jacket: Chiquelle, T-shirt dress: H&M

Frida Grahn is wearing a white T-shirt dress, black leather jacket, sandals and bag

Sandals: Din Sko, Bag: Chanel, Leather Jacket: Chiquelle, T-shirt dress: H&M

Jolie Janine in an all black and white outfit, leather biker jacket, skater skirt, white tee, ankle boots and a black handbag  Jacket: Zara, Skirt: New Look, Top: River Island, Bag: Michael Kors, Shoes: Zara

Jolie Janine in an all black and white outfit, leather biker jacket, skater skirt, white tee, ankle boots and a black handbag

Jacket: Zara, Skirt: New Look, Top: River Island, Bag: Michael Kors, Shoes: Zara

 

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