Color Crash Course: Black & White

Let these contrasting colors be the yin and yang of your spring wardrobe.

ESSENCE.COM Mar, 29, 2013

1 of 6 Photography by Jonathan Bookallil. Styling by Freddie Leiba.

Pull off daring patterns with solid accents to balance out the boldness.

On Coco: Sweater and pants, Michael Kors, $1,195 and $1,295, select Michael Kors stores. Pumps, Manolo Blahnik, $595, neimanmarcus.com.

On Breezy: Shirt, Lauren Ralph Lauren, $149, select Macy's stores. Jeans, Tripp NYC, $66, Trash and Vaudeville, NYC, 212-982-3590. Charm (worn as necklace), Coco and Breezy, $10, cocoandbreezy.com. Pumps, Jimmy Choo, $575, jimmychoo.com. Ring, her own.

2 of 6 Photography by Jonathan Bookallil. Styling by Freddie Leiba.

If you're new to the trend, start by making black your base then slowly add-on white complements.

On Coco: Coat and platforms, DKNY, $395 and $295, select DKNY locations. Dress, DKNY, $495, Bloomingdale's. Necklace, Tom Binns Design, $600, Tom Binns Megastore!, NYC, 917-475-1412. Rings*, Roberto Demeglio, 800-307-5337. Socks, Hue, $7, Macy's.

On Breezy: Dress*, Prada, select Prada boutiques. Cuff* and bracelet*, Roberto Demeglio, 800-307-5337. Socks, Hue, $7, Macy's. Platforms, DKNY, $325, select DKNY locations.

3 of 6 Photography by Jonathan Bookallil. Styling by Freddie Leiba.

Shop your closet for that oldy but goodie that surprisingly fits perfect into the trend.

On Coco, far left: Jacket and skirt, Moschino, $1,895 and $695, NYC, 212-243-8600. Gloves, LaCrasia Gloves, $200, lacrasiagloves.com. Socks, Hue, $7, Macy's. Booties, BCBGMaxAzria, $325, bcbg.com.

On Breezy: Coat, Moschino, $2,295, NYC, 212-243-8600. Gloves, LaCrasia Gloves, $200, lacrasiagloves.com. Purse*, Roger Vivier, NYC, 212-861-5371. Socks, Hue, $7, Macy's. Flatforms, Bottega Veneta, $930, Bottega Veneta boutiques.

4 of 6 Photography by Jonathan Bookallil. Styling by Freddie Leiba.

Alternate colors wherever possible. If you're wearing a white jacket then go for a black skirt, and with white shoes opt for black socks.

On Coco: Anorak*, Bally, NYC, 212-751-9082. Skirt, By Chance, $182, Bluebird Boutique, Minneapolis, 952-746-8675. Socks, Hue, $7, Macy's. Oxfords, Underground Originals, $174, Trash and Vaudeville, NYC, 212-982-3590.

On Breezy: Dress, Tibi, $398, Saks Fifth Avenue. Socks, Hue, $7, Macy's. Oxfords, Underground Originals, $196, Trash and Vaudeville, NYC, 212-982-3590.

5 of 6 Photography by Jonathan Bookallil. Styling by Freddie Leiba.

The white blazer was a fall favorite. Transition this style to spring by pairing stark black pieces for effortless colorblocking.

On Coco: Jacket, Narciso Rodriguez, $2,295, narcisorodriguez.com. Top, Narciso Rodriguez, $850, Bergdorf Goodman. Pants and wedges, Narciso Rodriguez, $795 and $995, Barneys New York. Rings, Robert Lee Morris, $250 and $325, NYC, 212-431-9405.

On Breezy: Jacket, shirt, pants and platforms, Calvin Klein Collection, $425–$1,495, NYC, 212-292-9000. Bangles and bracelet, Tom Binns Design, $665– $675, Tom Binns Megastore!, NYC, 917-475-1412.

6 of 6 Photography by Jonathan Bookallil. Styling by Freddie Leiba.

A patterned dress is the easiest way to get the look –– just one and your done.

On Coco: Dress, Sportmax, $950, NYC, 212-674-1817. Cuff, Tom Binns Design, $915, Tom Binns Megastore!, NYC, 917-475-1412. Socks, Hue, $7, Macy's. Pumps, L.A.M.B., $355, zappos.com.

On Breezy: Dress, Sportmax, $1,250, NYC, 212-674-1817. Cuff, Urban Zen, $495, urbanzen.com. Socks, Hue, $7, Macy's. Wedges, L.A.M.B., $365, amazon.com.

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