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August 14, 2014

Black & White: A Casual Pairing for Cozy Days

With Labor Day and the start of school just a few weeks away, we have to start admitting to ourselves that the weather is going to start to get cooler. Days are already getting shorter, aren’t they? That’s why this is the perfect time to talk about fall’s black and white story – it’s a great “wear now” color story that makes you feel fresh and new, and you’ll love it just as much when you take those new pieces out of your closet in the coming weeks. While black and white can be graphically sophisticated for work, modernly sexy for a night out, it can also be welcoming and easy on a casual day. See what we mean.
If you missed out on black and white options for work and after 5, be sure to check them out in our Fashion Finds, and tell us what you think. See you next week.
http://www.shopbop.com/drop-sleeve-ribbed-turtleneck-dress/vp/v=1/1546136924.htm
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Alice + Olivia - Ribbed Cowl Neck Sweater
Ribbed Cowl Neck Sweater
Alice + Olivia
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See what we mean about comfy & cozy? This oversized black & white marled sweater from Alice + Olivia screams of an easy, relaxing day – maybe curled up with a book or brunching with friends. Whatever you’re doing, this stylishly slouchy sweater will make you happier while you’re doing it.

http://velvet-tees.com/kiana-kimono-cardigan.html Velvet - Kiana Kimono Cardigan
Velvet - Kiana Kimono Cardigan
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Velvet - Kiana Kimono Cardigan
Kiana Kimono Cardigan
Velvet
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Velvet is known for their amazingly soft, well-fitting knit tees, so it’s no surprise that this open cardigan is just as amazing. Wear it over your favorite tee or tank, with any jeans. It’s soft, yet chunky, and the mix of white with the black shows off the texture. The easy fit will work for most everyone.


http://www.revolveclothing.com/soft-joie-annora-sweater-in-caviar/dp/SOFT-WK49/ Joie - Annora Sweater
Joie - Annora Sweater
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Joie - Annora Sweater
Annora Sweater
Joie
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This cotton sweater from Joie is an ideal alternative to a tee or sweatshirt, when you want to be casual but still look polished. The simple crewneck and rib knit bottom looks great with any style jeans – from a slimmer boyfriend to a straight or skinny. We also like them with a pair of olive casual trousers with a pair of lace-up boots.


http://www.revolveclothing.com/sanctuary-fawn-sweater-in-black-white/dp/SANC-WK47/ Sanctuary - Fawn Sweater
Sanctuary - Fawn Sweater
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Sanctuary - Fawn Sweater
Fawn Sweater
Sanctuary
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It’s the zipper slit on the side that add to the versatile fit of this Sanctuary sweater. Add a simple black or white tank underneath and partially unzip it for a looser, casual fit that will work on many body types. Or, leave it zipped for a cleaner look to pair with black (or grey) jeans and these great booties for a casual day look.
http://www.eileenfisher.com/EileenFisher/collection/ShopByCategory/Sweaters_and_Cardigans/PRD_S4CPW-W2888M/Ballet+Neck+ElbowSleeve+BoxTop+in+Nubbly+Cotton+Tape+Wave.jsp Eileen Fisher - Ballet Neck Elbow-Sleeve Box Top
Eileen Fisher - Ballet Neck Elbow-Sleeve Box Top
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Eileen Fisher - Ballet Neck Elbow-Sleeve Box Top
Ballet Neck Elbow-Sleeve Box Top
Eileen Fisher
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Even though the weather will be changing soon, sometimes we don’t want heavier wool or cashmere sweaters to get us through those cooler months. When we’re inside, there’s no need to be bundled up. And sometimes, we just get hot – you know what we mean? This relaxed fitting Eileen Fisher sweater has an open weave (a simple black or white tank underneath will play up the contrasting black & white beautifully) and three-quarter sleeve, which perfectly fits this need. Dress it up for a casual evening with black pants, or keep it casual with your favorite jeans.
http://www.7forallmankind.com/The_High_Waist_Skinny_in_Heather_Charcoal_Double_Knit/pd/np/42/p/9254.html 7 For All Mankind - The High Waist Skinny Pants
7 For All Mankind - The High Waist Skinny Pants
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7 For All Mankind - The High Waist Skinny Pants
The High Waist Skinny Pants
7 For All Mankind
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These are basically leggings, but with the details of a pair of jeans, so you get all the comfort with the additional style that is required to feel comfortable wearing these out for the day. They have nice stretch to them, and we love the heathered black/white color mix. We like to wear them with an oversized cardigan or crewneck sweater, or even a button-down shirt – this way, we still get some coverage, but can show off the great details that make them so much more than a pair of leggings.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-cotton-knit-drawstring-pants/3783314 Eileen Fisher - Cotton Knit Drawstring Pants
Eileen Fisher - Cotton Knit Drawstring Pants
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Eileen Fisher - Cotton Knit Drawstring Pants
Cotton Knit Drawstring Pants
Eileen Fisher
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Updated sweatpants made for a woman – by Eileen Fisher, of course. The black/white heathering with black trim at the waist and ankle give a bit of class to what could look like basic sweats. But, oh, they are not. We’d pair them with a pair of lace-up ankle booties or casual sneakers.
http://www.shopbop.com/alpine-cuff-newbie-thermal-top/vp/v=1/1532683506.htm Free People - Alpine Cuff Newbie Thermal Top
Free People - Alpine Cuff Newbie Thermal Top
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Free People - Alpine Cuff Newbie Thermal Top
Alpine Cuff Newbie Thermal Top
Free People
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The cuffs are everything on this cozy thermal from Free People. If you take a closer look, you’ll see they are actually sweater material. Great on it’s own in it’s slim, contemporary fit – and equally great with a cardigan or chambray shirt over it, unbuttoned. A little tip: If you choose to layer, just roll or scrunch up your outer layer sleeve to show off the amazing cuff on this shirt.
http://www.michaelstars.com/new-arrivals/v-neck-with-side-slits-2255S0314 Michael Stars - V-Neck Tee with Side Slits
Michael Stars - V-Neck Tee with Side Slits
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Michael Stars - V-Neck Tee with Side Slits
V-Neck Tee with Side Slits
Michael Stars
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Soft and relaxed, is what Michael Stars does best, and it's exactly what this tie dye tee is all about. It's perfect with any jeans, especially black slim ones, or pair of skinny sweats. It's a little longer in the back, which is always flattering.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Halston-Heritage-Stingray-Embossed-Backpack-Black/prod169410438/p.prod Halston Heritage - Stingray-Embossed Backpack
Halston Heritage - Stingray-Embossed Backpack
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Halston Heritage - Stingray-Embossed Backpack
Stingray-Embossed Backpack
Halston Heritage
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Oohhh, this is quite a luxe backpack. Backpacks are back “in fashion”, but this one actually makes it stylish. The stingray embossed suede (that’s the dotted texture) reads almost like a black & white. You’ll be able to wear this all weekend (and weekday) long.

http://www.michaelstars.com/new-arrivals/paisley-side-silk-scarf-MS20670 Michael Stars - Paisley Side Silk Scarf
Michael Stars - Paisley Side Silk Scarf
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Michael Stars - Paisley Side Silk Scarf
Paisley Side Silk Scarf
Michael Stars
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You can have the neutral versatility of black and white, AND still have a great pop of color. This Michael Stars silk scarf is an easy addition to your jeans and simple tee on the weekends. Of course, you'll get plenty of other uses out of it, too, like wearing it with a black dress or sweater for a little punch.
 

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