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http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sanctuary-savannah-freestyle-top/3798875
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Savannah Freestyle Top
Sanctuary
Sold by: Nordstrom

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While Sanctuary is a contemporary brand, we find the fit can be quite universal, especially in a top like this. The easy banded bottom is very flattering – and conceals any lumps that can sometimes pop up above the waist of our pants. We really like how they took black and white, and created a soft look with this feather print. It dresses up or down, so you can pair it with black trousers or a skirt for work, as easily as a pair of dark wash jeans for a casual night out. With its lighter fabric, you may want to add a nude cami underneath.

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08/12/2014

What’s Black & White and a Must Have for the Season?

As we wrap up summer (how is it going by so quickly?), our shopping thoughts start looking forward to fall. One of the big color stories that we love is black and white. And it’s a perfect way to start transitioning into the new season because it's also very “wear now”. This color combination can be beautifully graphic when worn together or in a print, which brings a fresh new sophistication to the most basic of colors. This is one topic that doesn’t need much explaining, so let’s just dive right into the fun part…some great shopping finds.

Take a look and then head over to Fashion Finds, to see our top black and white picks for work (updated Tuesdays), after 5 (updated Wednesdays), and casual days (updated Thursdays).
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through comments on the site and in social media.


http://www.shopbop.com/ocelot-leopard-infinity-scarf-tory/vp/v=1/1575027481.htm
Tory Burch - Ocelot Leopard Infinity Scarf
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Tory Burch - Ocelot Leopard Infinity Scarf
Ocelot Leopard Infinity Scarf
Tory Burch
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This just may be the perfect scarf. We love a touch of animal print, and of course, we love black & white. This does it all, effortlessly dressing up a simple black outfit or basic white tee and jeans. Wear it to show as much of either print as you like, since it’s reversible.
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=28411656
Club Monaco - Remi Two-Tone Pump
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Club Monaco - Remi Two-Tone Pump
Remi Two-Tone Pump
Club Monaco
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You are going to get so much wear out of these. Have you tried any of Club Monaco’s shoes yet? They are made of Italian leather, beautifully crafted, and all very well priced. We absolutely love the lizard-effect of using black and white with these shoes. They are obviously perfect with any black outfit (dressy or casual), but will also add just the right amount of stylish flare to jeans or a solid jewel-toned dress.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446725915
Rag & Bone - Taylor Sporty Pullover
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Rag & Bone - Taylor Sporty Pullover
Taylor Sporty Pullover
Rag & Bone
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Mixing a little feminine, with a little masculine is what Rag & Bone’s contemporary styling is all about. We certainly see that on full display with this soft, lightweight, black and white sweater. By adding white seaming, they’ve taken a simple black sweater, and everything you wear with it, to a much more polished level – without any extra effort.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-oil-painting-drape-knit-sheath-dress-regular-petite/3817077
Nic + Zoe - Oil Painting Drape Knit Sheath Dress
Nic + Zoe plays with black and white in a marble-like pattern, that includes a bit of blue too, which we love. There is a side knot at the waist, along with the cowlneck that flatters all the right places. With this relaxed fit piece, you don’t need to worry about a thing. The rayon-blend fabrication makes this a very versatile dress – from work to dinner, with elegant ease.

http://www.dvf.com/new-julian-two-jersey-wrap-dress/D513103L14_DVFEXCL.html
Diane von Furstenberg - Julian Two Jersey Wrap Dress
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Diane von Furstenberg - Julian Two Jersey Wrap Dress
Julian Two Jersey Wrap Dress
Diane von Furstenberg
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Can we talk about using black and white in a pattern without picking an iconic DVF wrap dress? This contemporary fitting, iconic silhouette is so slimming. The wrap defines the waist, showcasing or creating an hourglass shape, and the pattern’s use of white angled lines further play into this silhouette. If you are bigger busted, you may want to add a simple black cami. Or, a tailor can add a hidden snap. Elegant and versatile for work or an evening out.
http://www.intermixonline.com/product/nadia+tarr+exclusive+jersey+pencil+skirt.do
Nadia Tarr - Exclusive Jersey Pencil Skirt
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Nadia Tarr - Exclusive Jersey Pencil Skirt
Exclusive Jersey Pencil Skirt
Nadia Tarr
Sold by: Intermix

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Intermix always carries a wonderfully edited assortment of contemporary pieces – this is a great find from designer, Nadia Tarr. If you want a really slim-fitting pencil skirt, going with a stretchy jersey fabric like this, will hug in all the right places. The fabric’s black and white graphic pattern is wonderfully distracting and slimming, while the double layer of fabric helps smooth without adding bulk. We love this pull-on style with a simple black or white sweater or blouse. Tip: A wide belt over the waistband also helps slim and conceal any bumps.

http://www.toryburch.com/jade-coat/31142508.html
Tory Burch - Jade Coat
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Tory Burch - Jade Coat
Jade Coat
Tory Burch
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This Tory Burch piece is a serious scene-stealer. And before we get into the details, let’s start by pointing out one of our favorite things about it – it’s reversible! Yup, 2 coats in 1. Wear it as shown, with its beautiful graphic diamond pattern or reverse to the sleek lacquered side – so great for a night out. Since this is made of cotton, you can wear it as outerwear as the weather cools down, and then as a topper/blazer replacement once it’s colder. The patterned side will look great with a simple black sheath dress or trousers and a top. The shiny side (click through the “shop it” button to see it, in all its glory) is great with everything, especially if you need something a little dressier.
 

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