Black and White for Three Occasions + Tips for Black and White Outfits

One item I didn’t anticipate wearing so much was a pair of black jeans.  I know that sounds silly because they’re really basic, but I debated forever and ever and eeeeeevvvvver about buying a pair because I wasn’t convinced that I would ever choose them over a pair of normal dark washed jeans.  The difference seemed so subtle and not worth paying for, you know?  I finally took a “chance” (sounds so dumb!) and have not regretted it at all!  
Black denim can be really classy, professional, or create a polished casual look.  They’re pretty great!  So, today I’m teaming up with DENIZEN for the Levi’s brand to show you how to style black denim for three different occasions.  And not just using black denim, but using an overall black and white theme!  
DENIZEN is made by Levi’s and is only sold at Target.  I was pretty excited to sample some pieces because…Target product.  Hello.  Obviously.  I’m really glad to say that this pair of black DENIZEN denim is super soft with some stretch and overall really dang comfortable.  (But beware, it runs a little small, IMO.)  I don’t know how the color holds up since I haven’t washed them enough to know yet.  But as far as comfort…good stuff.
Anyhoo, the looks!  

Outfit 1 – Office
First up is a business casual look with a white blouse with subtle polkadots and a pleated front.  Earlier this week I showed this outfit with red shoes, but I actually like this minor substitution of black wedges even more!  I love that this look is streamlined and tailored but not deathly boring because of details like pleats, polka dots, and little bows on the on the shoes.  
Shop Outfit #1:
Top: H&M (exact)
Jeans: c/o Denizen (exact)
Shoes: Payless (similar)
Tote: Nordstrom (exact)

Outfit 2 – Casual
A black and white striped tee with jeans is a blank slate that you can do a lot with.  You could pair it with a blazer of any color or wear a chunky cardigan and boots, for starters.  I opted for a casual look and grabbed my faux leather moto jacket to provide some texture.  I think a different texture helps break up all the black in the outfit.  Then, to liven it up a bit more I went with leopard sneakers!  

Shop Outfit #2:
Tee: JCPenney (similar)
Jacket: c/o Sheinside (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: c/o Denizen (exact)
Shoes: Target (exact, similar)
Bag: Forever 21 (similar, similar)

Outfit 3 – Going Out
Lastly, I reunited myself with one of my favorite pieces, the lace tank, for a black and white look suited for going out.  I say this like a broken record, but this lace tank is amazing because it’s a solid color but is not plain since it’s a lace texture and has a crochet trim.  (See HERE for past lace tank outfits.)  I threw on a black statement necklace to dress it up a little as well as to provide a focal point for the outfit.  Then I slapped on some heels and demanded that Benson take me out to dinner.  

Shop Outfit #3:
Top: Target (similar)
Jeans: c/o Denizen (exact)
Shoes: H&M (exact, very similar)
Bag: Target (exact, larger version)
Necklace: c/o Love Shopping Miami

Tips for Black and White Outfits
If you’re looking for inspiration or help with black and white outfits, here’s a summary of tips we just talked about:
  • Incorporate patterns like polka dots, stripes, animal print, or other graphic prints.
  • Utilize textures like leather, lace, or velvet.
  • Find pieces with details like pleats, a crochet trim, or interesting neckline to create interest in the outfit.

And then demand that someone take you out to dinner.  Tell them I said so.  😉

Thanks to DENIZEN for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are mine.  For more on PMT’s sponsorship policies see disclosure.  

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