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February 10, 2015

Black & White: A Decisive Color Combination for Any Work Place

The tried-and-true black suit and classic trousers are sure wins in the work place, and we strongly recommend having at least one of each in your closet – they’re staples to invest in. They should be classic styles that fit impeccably (any local tailor can generally help with this), and will make you feel confident every time you put them on. Yet black, especially when mixed with white (either as a color combination or to create shades of grey) is so much more than that. It’s a combination that brings a certain polished and timeless quality to any work look, from a power suit and tie combination for an important meeting to smart patterned shirt for a casual Friday. See what we mean?
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for stylish picks for after 5 and Thursday for our favorites in casual wear. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Narrow-Striped Suit
Narrow-Striped Suit
Polo Ralph Lauren
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Much like a crisp black and white combination, grey and white can look just as elevated and polished – after all, it’s basically the same thing. The narrow white stripe in this grey Polo Ralph Lauren suit creates a crisp business look for those warmer weather months that is perfect for an important meeting or presentation. The luxurious Italian wool pairs effortlessly with a white spread collar shirt and a tie that adds a pop of color
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/robert-talbott-fabiano-california-classic-fit-italian-cotton-sport-coat/3884960 Robert Talbott - Fabiano California Classic Fit Italian Cotton Sport Coat
Robert Talbott - Fabiano California Classic Fit Italian Cotton Sport Coat
This solid cotton blazer from Robert Talbott makes dressing for the office on a warm, sunny day easy. While the style is a modern 2-button with narrower lapels, the fit is classic, so every gent can wear this stylish stone beige gem. Truly, everyone can pull this off. If you work in a truly casual office environment, pair it with a pair of jeans and a simple black Lacoste polo. On the other hand, even though it’s cotton, it can be dressed up with a black or navy pair of flat front pants, a pattern dress shirt and a tie.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/the-black-parker-gingham Ledbury - The Black Parker Gingham Shirt
Ledbury - The Black Parker Gingham Shirt
This gingham check dress shirt from Ledbury captures the black and white trend so well. But, of course, that’s not the only reason we’ve picked it. The Thomas Mason cotton poplin fabric is soft and always one of our favorites for its high-end quality. The modern spread collar looks great with a black sport coat or a charcoal suit and a solid tie. The crisp graphic color contrast also makes it an easy button up shirt to wear casually with khaki’s or medium to dark wash jeans. And in a classic or slim fit, it fits every gent.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Striped-Woven-Shirt-Black-/prod175840021_cat21150732__/p.prod Peter Millar - Striped Woven Shirt
Peter Millar - Striped Woven Shirt
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Peter Millar - Striped Woven Shirt
Striped Woven Shirt
Peter Millar
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Black and white is a no-brainer in a stripe and this classic fit button up shirt from Peter Millar is utterly universal. Wear it with a black or charcoal cotton sweater and khaki’s. Switch to dark wash jeans for a casual day. Add a black washed cotton sport coat for a more polished look. You get where we’re going with this one - you simply can’t go wrong…and isn’t that a relief when you’re getting dressed in the morning.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/%27genesis%27-slim-fit%2C-italian-virgin-wool-dress-pants-/hbna50280178.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Genesis Italian Virgin Wool Dress Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss - Genesis Italian Virgin Wool Dress Pants
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Genesis Italian Virgin Wool Dress Pants
Genesis Italian Virgin Wool Dress Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss
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These contemporary fit luxury pants from Hugo Boss will go with most of your sport coats and any patterned dress shirt. That’s the beauty of them – they appear solid enough to work with patterns (they can read almost black). Yet, they have enough white flecking throughout the charcoal to still work with any solids. They are the perfect pants to wear to the office over, and over, and over.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-Suede-Trimmed-Quarter-Zip-Pullover-Black/prod177580029_cat21150734__/p.prod Peter Millar - Suede-Trimmed Quarter-Zip Pullover
Peter Millar -  Suede-Trimmed Quarter-Zip Pullover
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Peter Millar -  Suede-Trimmed Quarter-Zip Pullover
Suede-Trimmed Quarter-Zip Pullover
Peter Millar
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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This is not just any old black sweater, we assure you. This is sophisticated luxury in every sense. The fabric is a ridiculously soft silk and cashmere blend. And, yet, that’s not the best part. The best part is in the cream suede trim detail at the quarter zip collar. It’s really a thing of beauty. It all comes together for a perfect workday sweater. And in Peter Millar’s classic fit, it looks polished over a white button up shirt, with a black and white plaid tie and your favorite tan cotton flat fronts.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bonobos-weekday-warrior-non-iron-slim-cotton-pants/3490013 Bonobos - Weekday Warrior Non-Iron Slim Cotton Pants
Bonobos - Weekday Warrior Non-Iron Slim Cotton Pants
We don’t know a gent that doesn’t have at least one pair of flat front cotton twill pants in his wardrobe. And if you’re like most of us, well, one just isn’t enough. It’s an office basic, especially if you work in a casual environment or have casual Fridays. Bonobos offers an array of strong basic colors in this pick, but we’re focusing on the Wednesday Stones color today. The off-white shade is a perfect spring update. Of course, it works with any pop color throughout the spring and summer, but it also looks great as a sharp contrast to a black cotton sweater, with a black and white pattern shirt. The pant has a classic fit with a straight modern leg that is a nice fit for every body type.
http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=00505037725808 Ralph Lauren Black Label - Diagonal Stripe Neck Tie
Ralph Lauren Black Label - Diagonal Stripe Neck Tie
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Ralph Lauren Black Label - Diagonal Stripe Neck Tie
Diagonal Stripe Neck Tie
Ralph Lauren Black Label
Sold by: Barneys New York

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The silk and cotton faille fabric of this Ralph Lauren tie is perfect for warm weather dressing, as it goes with all the lighter weight suits, sport coats, and sweaters of the season. The 3-inch width is modern without being extreme, and the black and white diagonal stripe looks sharp with any black, charcoal, or white pieces.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Boss-Hugo-Boss-Polka-Dot-Silk-Pocket-Square-Black/prod177400301_cat48800783__/p.prod BOSS Hugo Boss - Polka-Dot Silk Pocket Square
BOSS Hugo Boss - Polka-Dot Silk Pocket Square
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Polka-Dot Silk Pocket Square
Polka-Dot Silk Pocket Square
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Nope, it’s not a game of Dominoes. It’s an awesome Hugo Boss silk pocket square. And with the different size dots, it looks great folded into our suit or sport coat pocket for that perfect finishing touch.
 

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