There are few color combinations that are more chic than pairing black and white. Columnist Katharine P. Jose, who solely sticks to a black and white wardrobe, wrote in the New York Times, “I don’t know otherwise how to explain how this idea took total hold over me, anymore than I know how the thought came to me, unbidden, in the first place. It does seem to represent something: the sharp contrasts that can’t be sharper, the simplicity of it.”

Some women may be looking forward to springtime as an excuse to bust out brighter colors or pastels, but that’s not the only option when it comes to revamping your wardrobe for the new season. If you enjoy a more streamlined look – or don’t want to have to deal with working new colors into your outfits – now’s the time to embrace a monochromatic style. Here are some ways you can make black and white work for you:

“Draw the eye with a pop of color.”

Pops of color

Is there anything that a pop of color can’t do? The ultimate way to accessorize a black and white outfit is to use something bright like a blue handbag or red pumps to draw the eye. After all, why do you think you always notice a pair of Louboutins right away?

If bright shades aren’t your thing, you can still embrace a pop of color with a mint green or peach accessory. Since the rest of your outfit is so light or so dark, the pastel hue will stand out just as much as brighter one would with such a contrast.

Sparkle and shine

If you want to add some glitz and glamour to your black-and-white outfit, look no further than some jewelry or embellishments. Wearing a black dress with eye-catching elegant costume jewelry or embellished heels is an effective way to keep your look monochromatic but still exciting. This is also an option if you’re looking to dress a plain outfit up a bit.

Add a pattern

Just because you want to keep your look simple and devoid of color doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with patterns. A striped blouse or pair of black cropped pants with white polka dots can help you achieve a springtime-appropriate look while remaining streamlined and simple. Pair an outfit like this with some chic cat-eye sunglasses, a wide-brim hat or a red lip for a retro vibe.

All one color

You don’t have to mix black and white together for a polished look. If you’re feeling daring, you can do all black or all white. Both outfits come with their challenges, though. For example, an all-white outfit means you need to take extra care with that morning coffee. Nobody can deny the power behind white suits for women, though! For a black outfit, make sure all of the pieces you’re wearing are the same shade of black for a cohesive aesthetic.

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