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February 11, 2015

Black & White: Dashing Evening Style Done Right

Simply put, there is nothing more dapper than the clean, sophisticated look of black and white (or grey - black and white’s love child) for an evening out. Whether that means an easy night out with friends to a more formal affair, it’s a color combination that is always appropriate. This season – and by that, we mean now and in to spring – this timeless mix is seeing its well-deserved moment in the sun with our favorite brands and designers.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Thursday) for our black and white casual picks of the season. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Long-Sleeve-Plaid-Two-Pocket-Shirt-Black/prod175950040_cat21150732__/p.prod
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Vince - Long-Sleeve Plaid Two-Pocket Shirt

One of our absolute favorite ways to play with black and white – in a plaid, of course. This one from Vince is sharp and stylish. And in their contemporary fit, it’s sleek enough to dress up with your dark wash jeans for a night out. While great on its own, you can layer Vince’s white elbow patch sweater over it (click through the ‘shop it’ button to view and purchase that, too). Or, give it a more casual finish with a light grey quilted Vince vest.

http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=56542966 Polo Ralph Lauren - Glen Plaid Suit
Polo Ralph Lauren - Glen Plaid Suit
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Polo Ralph Lauren - Glen Plaid Suit
Glen Plaid Suit
Polo Ralph Lauren
Sold by: Ralph Lauren

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A dark suit is a must-have for more formal evenings. This suit from Polo Ralph Lauren is crisp and luxurious – and has just enough interest in the black, white and charcoal glen plaid to make it not overly formal. In keeping with our black and white story, this suit looks sharp with a white spread collar shirt and a charcoal-purple tie to pop some color.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Burberry-Brit-Half-Zip-Sweater-w-Check-Elbow-Patches/prod173260132_cat21150734__/p.prod Burberry Brit - Half-Zip Sweater w/ Check Elbow Patches
Burberry Brit - Half-Zip Sweater w/ Check Elbow Patches
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Burberry Brit - Half-Zip Sweater w/ Check Elbow Patches
Half-Zip Sweater w/ Check Elbow Patches
Burberry Brit
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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A black sweater is an easy “going out to dinner” option. Burberry makes it just a little more special by adding their iconic plaid in shades of grey and white elbow patches. The contemporary fit and quarter zip neck keeps you looking neat and trim. For a dressier evening, wear it with black wool pants and a black and white check button up shirt. For an easier evening, it looks just a good with dark wash jeans and a white t-shirt.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/boss-pasolini-movie-classic-fit-virgin-wool-suit/hbna50229481.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Pasolini/Movie Suit
BOSS Hugo Boss - Pasolini/Movie Suit
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Pasolini/Movie Suit
Pasolini/Movie Suit
BOSS Hugo Boss
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This modern, yet classic, black suit is always a top recommendation from us. Hugo Boss uses an ultra fine super 100’s virgin wool, and in their classic fit, it truly is a great fit on almost every gent – trim enough to look updated, but comfortable for lots of body types. The rich black shade will take you to all your more formal evening business and social events. Keep it sharp and timeless with a solid white spread collar dress shirt and a black stripe tie.
http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=00505036044856 Band of Outsiders - Scattered Dots Tie
Band of Outsiders - Scattered Dots Tie
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Band of Outsiders - Scattered Dots Tie
Scattered Dots Tie
Band of Outsiders
Sold by: Barneys New York

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Band of Outsiders uses a black silk repp, which is a very cool tightly woven ribbed fabric, to create this dapper white dotted tie. While it can certainly be worn with a suit, it adds just the right touch of style to a charcoal pull over sweater and white or blue shirt. It also looks great with black wash jeans, a white button down shirt and a charcoal cardigan or black cotton sport coat. The point is, don’t “tie” yourself down to the idea of wearing it with a suit – it is much more versatile than that.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Robert-Graham-Tide-Pool-Tonal-Print-Sport-Shirt-Black/prod176430296_cat21150732__/p.prod Robert Graham - Tide Pool Tonal-Print Sport Shirt
Robert Graham - Tide Pool Tonal-Print Sport Shirt
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Robert Graham - Tide Pool Tonal-Print Sport Shirt
Tide Pool Tonal-Print Sport Shirt
Robert Graham
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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This is a great “going out” shirt. The black tonal print is popped with Robert Graham’s iconic contrast trim on the cuffs, in a multi-color that is perfect with dark wash jeans for a casual restaurant or hanging out at a bar with friends. The fit is classic, which is one of the many reasons Robert Graham is always a favorite – he makes most gents look great, and he does it in style.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-Long-Sleeve-Abstract-Print-Sport-Shirt/prod178720072_cat21150732__/p.prod Theory - Long-Sleeve Abstract-Print Sport Shirt
Theory - Long-Sleeve Abstract-Print Sport Shirt
In a more contemporary fit, Theory does pattern in a different, and equally stylish way. The subtle charcoal and white abstract print is trend right and looks so polished in it’s contemporary fit. Like many of our pieces this week, it looks great with black pants or your favorite dark wash jeans. Your shoes can make all the difference – add black oxford shoes for a nicer restaurant, cool black sneakers for a more casual atmosphere.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-camuto-stripe-cotton-cashmere-sweater/3909767 Vince Camuto - Stripe Cotton & Cashmere Sweater
Vince Camuto - Stripe Cotton & Cashmere Sweater
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Vince Camuto - Stripe Cotton & Cashmere Sweater
Stripe Cotton & Cashmere Sweater
Vince Camuto
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Vince Camuto, the mega brand whose namesake just recently passed away, knows a thing or two about easy, contemporary style. And this cotton/cashmere blend is a perfect example. Its play on black (mixed with white to read as a grey color) and white in its varying stripes has just enough polish for a night out. Yet it is clearly laid-back, so any jeans – from dark washed or black to light and broken-in – and a pair of black or white sneakers will create an on-trend outfit for an evening with friends. Once the weather warms up, push up the sleeves and wear this sweater with tan shorts for a backyard party.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306421085&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446743799 Marc by Marc Jacobs - Multistriped Socks
Marc by Marc Jacobs - Multistriped Socks
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Marc by Marc Jacobs - Multistriped Socks
Multistriped Socks
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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We always like to have some fun with socks. These striped socks by Marc by Marc Jacobs will make a statement with any neutral cotton pants or jeans. Try them with a modern penny loafer - really, trust us. Very retro cool.
 

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