Cartoon-bright hues may remind us of our childhood, but for sophisticated elegance nothing can beat black and white. In our complicated world, there is something reassuring about that simple and eternal combination.
When we think about color psychology it’s not hard to see why, as black and white are the literal yin and yang of the color spectrum. Black is associated with prestige, seriousness, elegance, and magic, while white is the color of wedding dresses, the symbol of purity, perfection, and innocence. Black is the old and the secret, and white is the new and the good. If black is the darkness of deep space, white is the light of the stars. The soil that brings plants to life is black, but the minerals of the earth and the snow and ice that fall on it are always white.
It’s almost impossible to mess up when you pair black with white, and the high-contrast effect will give you a look that is as timeless as it is modern. Future posts will explore ways to add flourish to this look by bringing in graphics, layering, and playful accessories, but for now we’re going to keep it simple with a roundup of basic outfits. Take a look at the black and white pieces in your closet and prepare to get inspired.