Sophisticated Black and White Clothing and Accessories
Colorphobes, rejoice! From workweek staples to fun little extras, it’s all here in black and white.
The Color-Blocked Skirt
Instant vintage glamour, courtesy of jaunty cat-eyes.
To buy: $12, fantas-eyes.com.
Ada Collection Necklace
Just a little on the fringe: tiered chain links adorned with an off-kilter leather tassel.
To buy: $96, adaonlinestore.com.
Jones New York Top
Tucked or untucked, this polyester blouse drapes like a dream.
To buy: $79, jny.com.
Slouchy hobo? No way. Swing out with a polished frame bag in faux patent leather instead.
To buy: $42.50, 6pm.com (available next month).
The Limited Skirt
Strategic color blocking down the sides gives this polyester-blend style hip-slimming powers.
To buy: $55, 877-583-1963 (available next month).
Get a Betty Boop lift from faux-suede peep-toes.
To buy: $27, gojane.com.
The Sexy Shirt
As alluring and delicate as a silent-film star, this polka-dot lace top is a quiet beauty.
To buy: $75, Alter, 718-349-0203.
Calvin Klein Camisole
A lace-trimmed cotton-blend underpinning that’s sweet enough to be seen.
To buy: $44, calvinklein.com.
Forever 21 Belt
Bronze and beaded, this wide sash adds a sliver of metallic shimmer—the perfect foil for an otherwise color-free ensemble.
To buy: $9, 888-494-3837 (available next month).
Calvin Klein Pants
Skinny white pants can be tricky. But this pair, with wide legs in a flowy cotton blend, undoubtedly flatters.
To buy: $79.50, Macy’s, 800-289-6229.
With all the jazziness at the toes, these pointy patent-leather spectators are just right peeking out from underneath pant hems.
To buy: $60, 866-642-0809 (available next month).
The Peplum Blouse
Mod resin beads quirk up the cookies-and-cream color scheme.
To buy: $65 each, 212-685-3737.
This gossamer polyester blouse lets you try out one of the season’s most popular silhouettes—a peplum waist—for a song.
To buy: $35, hm.com for stores.
Vince Camuto Ring
Like salt and pepper, this pyramid-shaped ring adds a dash of flavor to an outfit.
To buy: $48, vincecamuto.com.
The extra touch of stretch gives this knee-length cotton-sateen pencil skirt a more forgiving fit.
To buy: $60, express.com.
The Floral Dress
Keep your neck bare and let these lightweight metal statement-makers do all the talking.
To buy: $70, abyssclothing.com.au. (Enter the code REALSIMPLE at checkout to receive free shipping.)
Coldwater Creek Dress
Streamlined, striking, and eminently wearable, this stretch-cotton sheath is the kind of dress you pull on when you need a confidence boost.
To buy: $100, coldwatercreek.com.
Blu Bijoux Cuff
If your outfit reads a little too “ladies who lunch,” simply add this rough-cut agate-like cuff to bring the downtown edge.
To buy: $32, maxandchloe.com.
Jesslyn Blake Clutch
A braided-leather bag can be woven into any outfit, whether it’s dressy or casual.
To buy: $175, jesslynblake.com.
Slip on a pair of chunky-heeled patent-leather–and-raffia platforms in a leg-lengthening neutral for a more summery feel.
To buy: $30, target.com.
Even in modern times, a black hat brims with charm. This one is woven paper, so it’s a no-sweat option for warm weather.
To buy: $48, sandiegohat.com.
Mango Jacket, Pants, and Belt
Break up a white linen suit with a tan leather belt and black heels to curb the Tom Wolfe effect.
To buy: Jacket, $85; pants, $40; belt, $50, mango.com (available next month).
Kate Hill Top
Layering a black stretch-polyester tank under white looks more luxe than the typical black-suit-with-white-shirt combination.
To buy: $40, lordandtaylor.com (available next month).
TKO ORLOGI Watch
How fun: The lizard-embossed leather band goes on like a slap bracelet.
To buy: $60, tkowatches.com.
Jones New York Bracelet
Gold-tone filigree that’s secretly stretchy.
To buy: Macy’s, $40, 800-289-6229.
Nine West Heels
Hold steady in these patent-leather platforms with sturdy block heels.
To buy: $89, ninewest.com for store locations.
Go a little dotty with an airy viscose fringed scarf.
To buy: $38, echodesign.com.
Ivanka Trump Handbags Handbag
Faux leather trims a bag made of straw woven into a chevron pattern.
To buy: $95, ivankatrump.com (available next month).
Ted Baker London Ballerina Flats
Bow-bedecked flats made of easy-care PVC are—surprise!—scented with watermelon.
To buy: $75, tedbaker-london.com.
Black-and-white–striped resin is paired with wood for a graphically interesting bracelet.
To buy: $28, zadretail.com.
R.J. Graziano Bracelet
A stretch bracelet features geometric Art Deco–inspired resin tiles.
To buy: $38, 212-685-1248.