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How to build a black-and-white wardrobe

Dressing for the seasons has certainly kept our weekly wardrobes colorful – from the reds, greens and shimmery metallics during Christmastime to the soft pinks and bright crimson we donned around Valentine’s Day. But while we love a rainbow of colors when we look in our closets, there’s something that always feels fresh and stylish when it comes to a black-and-white palette.

Before we get color-coated by all that lucky green for St. Patrick’s Day and an array of pastels this spring, let’s go back to basics with some classic black-and-white combos.

Rotate these five looks throughout the week for easy-to-pull-together outfits that will have you looking ultra-chic all year long.

Work it

“Scandal” fans will be glad to know a new Olivia Pope-inspired collection has hit the Limited. Consider your work wardrobe handled. An off-white and black trimmed blouse, will lend a new look to your business suit, while the Olivia wide-leg trouser pants, $98, look like they came straight from the show’s set. For a wild-card pairing this spring, try adding white trousers and a black overcoat. Blouse, $59.95, the Limited.

Put a bow on it

Get gussied up in this dress for a date to the theater, a nice dinner or any other kind of special event you have circled on your calendar. The pencil dress, made by Byron Lars, is an Anthropologie-exclusive and features gorgeous lace and appliqued flower detailing. We love the sweet bow on the waist that adds charm. Carissima sheath dress, $258, Anthropologie.

Flower power

For an elegant and unexpected twist on florals this spring, opt for dark, moody colors. Mix matching separates – like this jacquard top and skirt – and then remix the separates throughout spring and summer with more colorful separates in your wardrobe or with black-and-white basics. Sister Jane New Bloom sleeveless top, $85, and pleated skirt, $89, Nordstrom.

Wear your stripes

We love the idea of having an easy, go-to outfit combo that’s ready to come to the rescue on those “I don’t have anything to wear” days. For a simple casual Friday or weekend look, pair a black-and-white-striped top with white or black jeans. Pull in color with a solid scarf or mix in a pattern with smoking flats, $24.94, Old Navy, that come in a sweet floral print. Striped top, $17 on sale, Old Navy.

Scarf this down

The easiest way to add interest to an outfit? Pop in a great accessory. This windowpane-printed black-and-white scarf is an instant outfit maker. Pair it with a black top and black pant combo or loop it around your go-to white Oxford shirt. Hannah scarf, $69.50,

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