Domino – White Shirt, Black Vest

No, I wasn’t listening to Jessie J when I picked out today’s outfit. However, I was thinking of how I’d like to tone my look down a bit without being mistaken for a hostess at Olive Garden.  (Black pants, black or white top/vest – c’mon people…I know you know what I mean..)

I dug though my closet and found the lovely combination you see below.  I grabbed my leopard print wedges, applied some Russian Red M.A.C. lipstick (the BEST red lipstick, in my opinion) and out the door I went!  I love black and white – ebony and ivory if you will.  It’s such a clean and sophisticated look.  Here are a couple of tips for getting your black and white, right!

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*When wearing black on black – ensure your “blacks” match  – As much as you love that faded black jacket or lovingly-worn pair of black slacks, don’t wear them with a new black shirt.  Nothing makes faded black stand out like a darker and/or newer black.

*Wear a statement piece –  Wear something that breaks up the monotony of the outfit – either a bright lip, patterned shoe or stand out piece of jewelry.  It provides a focal point for the outfit.

*Be leery of the “uniform”  – You’re not working at Applebee’s so be careful with white cotton button up shirts and black slacks.  Wear a silky blouse or – if you must wear white cotton – try for something with interesting detail.

*Avoid too much red accompaniment  – I KNOW (because I tend to do it myself) that one would be inclined to add red to a black and white ensemble.  The trouble with adding red accessories/shoes/belts to a black and white look is it can kill the simplicity of the outfit…so add red but not too much…especially if you’re wearing a red lipstick.

*Cruella DeVil Syndrome – Just don’t say I didn’t warn you – wear fur with black and white – and dare I say polka dots – and you’ve fallen ill with Cruella DeVil Syndrome.  People won’t let you near their dogs and no one wants that.  Be careful with the fur!

Cortneybre…

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