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What's black and white and stylish all over? These items that will add pop to your wardrobe

This season, forget about purple and yellow and take on the simple complexity of black and white.


Perhaps it’s the complication of life today, but there’s something comforting about clean, simple, black-and-white fashion. It’s modern and self-assertive yet can be subdued and quite cogent. Here’s the thing when it comes to black and white: Although there are only two colors (or lack thereof, depending on whom you’re asking), it’s never boring.

Here, brands and designers give us their take on wardrobe selections and accessories that mix black and white.

Carolina Herrera

  Carolina Herrera / Nordstrom

Carolina Herrera’s brash, graphic, black-and-white striped crisscross jersey knit maxi dress in a flattering curve has cap sleeves, an off-shoulder design and a trumpet flared skirt. $2,990. Available at shop.nordstrom.com.

Tory Burch

  Tory Burch

Ornate black Romanian-styled embroidery on “new ivory” cropped, soft-cotton canvas, high-waist pants comes with belt loops, enamel buttons and flared leg sharpened by a center crease. $448. Available at www.toryburch.com.

Sophia Webster

  Sophia Webster

Designer Sophia Webster’s Jumbo Lilico black suede sandals are peppered with dainty upscale white leather floral petals. $650. Available at www.sophiawebster.com.

Moy Paris

  Moy Paris / Farfetch

Paris-based Japanese designer Yasco Otomo’s Moy Paris line of gigantic yet lightweight pearl-coated compressed-cotton pearls come in a bib-necklace design. $1,185. Available at www.farfetch.com.

Miu Miu

  Miu Miu

Miu Miu’s vichy-style, black-and-white gingham ribbons adorn low-heeled, black sling-back patent leather pumps. $690. Available at www.miumiu.com.

Roxanne Assoulin

  Roxanne Assoulin

New Yorker Roxanne Assoulin’s French bistro chair-inspired, black-and-white tile enamel stretch Bistro bracelets come solo or in threes. Set of three is $270. Available at www.roxanneassoulin.com.

Marni

  Marni

Marni’s black crossover sling-back, black-and-white, sneaker-soled sandals are woven in technical fabric with gold metal buckle and a multitude of black glass stones. $1,080. Available at www.marni.com.

Self-Portrait

  Yoox Net-a-Porter

Designer Han Chong’s super-feminine and flowy Self-Portrait midi dress of white and black satin, white lace, organza and mesh has upper backside and sleeve cutouts. $315. Available at www.net-a-porter.com.

Caroline Constas

  Caroline Constas

Caroline Constas’ off-the-shoulder black-and-white striped Lou cotton piquet top smocks the neckline and gathers its three-quarter sleeves with a delicate bow tie at the cuff. $395. Available at carolineconstas.com.

Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh

  Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh

Designer Virgil Abloh’s Off-White striped black-and-white men’s denim five-pocket cotton-blend pants have an all-over print of birds as well as a black cord belt and signature embroidery on the front leg. $875. Available at www.off---white.com.

Wandler

  Yoox Net-a-Porter

Wandler’s Italian-made Hortensia handbag mixes smooth and textured, neutral, off-white and cream-color leather and features black stitching and detachable black shoulder and handle straps. $890. Available at www.net-a-porter.com.

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