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February 10, 2015

Black & White: A Color Combination That’s Always Work Ready

The obvious black suit, dress, pencil skirt, and classic trousers are all sure wins in the work place. And we strongly recommend having all of these in your closet – they’re staples to invest in. They should be classic styles that fit impeccably, and will make you feel confident every time you put them on. Yet black, especially when mixed with white, is so much more than that. See what we mean?
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our after 5 picks and Thursday for our top picks in casual wear. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.shopbop.com/collis-jacket-joie/vp/v=1/1573670960.htm
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Joie - Collis Jacket
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Joie’s jacket has a frayed edge finish that perfectly shows off the tweed material of the jacket and gives it a springy summer feel, perfect for the office. We’re cheating a little here – it’s a rich grey/white mix (not a true black/white), but it certainly has the same graphic effect that works with black, white, and as you can see from the picture, color. It’s lower waist length and trimmer, contemporary fit is an ideal balance to dresses and wide flowy trousers – as well as the usual slim skirts or straight leg pants. The sleeves are cut for a sleek trim fit, so you may want to size up. With Shopbop’s quick, free shipping and free returns, it’s easy to try 2 sizes and just return the one that doesn’t work for you.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446781395 BOSS Hugo Boss - Jersey Pleated Floral Dress
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Jersey Pleated Floral Dress
Jersey Pleated Floral Dress
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Hugo Boss’ modern fit and polished designs are always office-right. And the way they’ve popped the ever-popular black and white color combination with some vibrant purple is an easy way to freshen up your work look this spring. The matte jersey is soft and comfortable for a long day at the office. And, of course, Hugo Boss ensures a flattering fit with a banded waist and front pleats in a straight silhouette. Perfect with pumps or a peep-toe.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/donna-morgan-stripe-scuba-shift-dress/3899550 Donna Morgan - Stripe Scuba Shift Dress
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Donna Morgan - Stripe Scuba Shift Dress
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Donna Morgan is a fabulous dress resource – they know how to fit a woman’s body in sizes 2-16, and do it with amazing style at an even better price. This stripe pattern on this black and white dress creates an hourglass silhouette by strategically spacing the stripes closer together at the waist. Brilliant. They scuba fabric is comfortable, yet creates structure for a smooth finish.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446788214 Vince - Slouched Windowpane Check Tee
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Slouched Windowpane Check Tee
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In our Clothes & Conversation this week, we mentioned the importance of a windowpane or grid pattern. And it’s so sharp when done in a graphic black and white combination. Of course, Vince has mastered it this season. They’ve done it in a simple dress and easy pants, but it’s the silky-feeling easy tee style that won us over. Since the white breaks up the black ground, it looks great with black trousers, a skirt, or jeans, so you’ll have plenty of ways to wear it. You can even wear a black blazer over it. If your size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, try Nordstrom.
http://www.dvf.com/lorelei-two-printed-chiffon-blouse/S843703F15.html Diane von Furstenberg - Lorelei Two Printed Chiffon Blouse
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Diane von Furstenberg - Lorelei Two Printed Chiffon Blouse
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Gingham is huge this season, and we love its fresh feeling. In black and white, it has a sophisticated air that won’t feel picnic-ready…unless you really want it to. This Diane von Furstenberg silk blouse has a relaxed, modern fit that will take you from the office to dinner in pure style. It is somewhat sheer, but that’s actually part of the beauty of it. With a white or nude cami underneath, it’s very light and airy. With a black cami, it has a darker look that is equally beautiful. Wear it on its own or under a blazer with your smartest pants or skirt. There is also a shirt dress version in a stretch silk – to say it’s amazing would be an understatement (and looks great with black tights and bare legs, alike).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/donna-morgan-print-jersey-popover-dress-regular-petite/3923219 Donna Morgan - Print Jersey Popover Dress
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Another pick from Donna Morgan, this black and white combination has a subtle inclusion of bright blue that really makes this pattern special. And the silhouette is just as good. With a faux cropped top look to the bodice, you actually kill two birds with one stone – you get the stylish look of a cropped top without worrying about showing any skin, and it also provides ideal balance to your hip area. That’s a lot of modern style at a great price. You’ll wear this to the office and then be excited to head out for the evening in it, too.
http://www.shopbop.com/floella-knit-dress-club-monaco/vp/v=1/1505746185.htm Club Monaco - Floella Knit Dress
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The seasonless fabric is great year round, and certainly in transitional weather. The knit black and white marled material also has pretty drape to it that, combined with the delicate stitch drape detail, flatters every figure. It creates shape, too, so you don’t need to do anything but slip this contemporary fitting dress on with your favorite heels. If you prefer a sleeveless version, that can be worn with a blazer, Theory has a great option.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/taylor-dresses-stripe-seam-detail-ponte-sheath-dress/3928054 Taylor Dresses - Stripe Seam Detail Ponte Sheath Dress
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Taylor Dresses - Stripe Seam Detail Ponte Sheath Dress
Stripe Seam Detail Ponte Sheath Dress
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Taylor Dresses are another great resource for well-made dresses at some unbelievable prices. The easier fit of this ponte sheath dress will make it that go-to you’ll pull out of your closet all season long. The cut is perfect for work, but also a nice dinner or baby shower or brunch option. The strategically placed seam creates a slimming effect, and is subtle enough that you can wear a blazer with it, or even a solid or patterned scarf if you want to pop in some color.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/shirtstops/PRDOVR~B7394/B7394.jsp J. Crew - Endless Shirt
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A crisp button down shirt is a timeless work go-to. This J. Crew version modernizes your menswear style by keeping the silhouette itself trim (but still J. Crew’s modern fit) yet giving it a little more length. This makes it an easy layer under sweaters and cardigans, yet looks stylish on its own if you leave it untucked – even with a blazer over it. It looks great over a slim pant, cropped to the ankle or full length. The thin black stripe is the ideal simple design to this sleek piece.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446758818 3.1 Phillip Lim - Saturday Cabas Tote
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3.1 Phillip Lim - Saturday Cabas Tote
Saturday Cabas Tote
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Another way to mix black and white is with another neutral. And, oh did 3.1 Philip Lim deliver with this stunning leather tote. Big enough to hold all your work necessities, with plenty of pockets so you won’t lose anything, this geometric pattern is the ideal accent to any work look – including solids and patterns alike. You will look sophisticated and modern walking in to any office with this one.
http://shop.harpersbazaar.com/designers/chloe/black-scalloped-leather-pump/ Chloé - Black Scalloped Leather Pump
Chloé - Black Scalloped Leather Pump
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Chloé - Black Scalloped Leather Pump
Black Scalloped Leather Pump
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We are believers in investing in timeless accessories. Whether you wear these with a mod-flare or with simple elegance, these Chloe pumps are incredible. If you don’t like a high heel, the block heel is simply practical. But even if you enjoy a skinny, sky-high heel, these are so on trend right now and will last a lifetime. They look amazing with the basics, as well as a shift dress or cropped trousers. (You’ll notice we’re taking you to Harper’s Bazaar website. Yes, you can now shop the magazine directly as they pick some of the very best items from the magazine and sell them on the site. And just like most websites we recommend, they do allow for returns and provide a shipping label to do so.)
 

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