Black & White, 3 Ways

There’s really no color combination as perpetually chic as black and white. No matter your hair color, no matter the season, it just always works. It’s a great fallback when you don’t want to stress about color or pattern pairings, but it can still be just as fun. So today I’m sharing three very different looks in this classic combo–for a wedding, work, and weekend. For each look, I started with a pretty J.Crew top in my closet, then added some old favorites to mix it up. Keep reading for the details on each look, and I hope you get some inspiration to wear your own black and whites this summer!

Look 1: J.Crew top | Free People skirt | Guess heels | Clare Vivier clutch

I traditionally wear dresses to weddings, but why not a sparkly top and skirt? I admittedly have a lot of striped tees in my closet, but when I spotted this sequined version on the sale rack in the winter, I knew it was a winner. Fancy stripes! This top pairs equally well with jeans for date night, but I kept things party ready with an old beaded skirt and metallic heels. I threw in my favorite clutch for a less formal pop of cobalt and a beaded necklace to coordinate, keeping silver in the mix.

Look 2: J.Crew top | Linen skirt | Diane von Furstenberg wedges | Madewell tote

For work, I paired a printed silk blouse with a flowy linen skirt in an always-appropriate longer length. Like the wedding look, I wanted to give it a little hit of color, which is where the coral wedges come in. Wedges have been a work favorite of mine this summer–I’ve been rotating wearing a few pairs, since they’re so much more comfortable than heels! My Madewell tote is another workday staple–a classic that’s perfect for traveling, too.

Look 3: J.Crew top | Madewell shorts | Loeffler Randall heels

I picked up this top during one of J.Crew’s 25% off sales, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a little splurge, but I adore the airy linen and pom-pom detailing around the neck and sleeves. It works for work just as well as it works with denim on the weekend. I especially like it with white bottoms–shorts or jeans–for an effortless, all-white look that really lets the embellishment pop.

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