{ versioning } black skirt / white shirt

as i get a little older (and a LOT busier), my style seems to be getting more streamlined and defined. along the way, i’ve come to understand the value of truly great basics, and on mornings when i’m pressed for time, a black skirt + white shirt combo never fails me. i love that the look can be taken in so many different directions! here are a few iterations that i hope might inspire you to think of ways to elevate your own plain jane faves:

VERSION I // ruffled blouse + leather skirt
{ elizabeth + james sunnies, self-made necklace, theory blouse, h+m skirt (recently seen HERE), marc by marc jacobs clutch, stuart weitzman shoes }

VERSION II // man’s shirt + fringed skirt
{ lanvin for h+m sunnies, american apparel shirt, (borrowed from the boys), vintage embroidery-turned-brooch, coach classics bag, primary skirt, banana republic socks, corello shoes }

VERSION III // polo shirt + knit skirt
{ vintage yves saint laurent sunnies from ebay, american apparel polo shirt (as above, it’s from the men’s department), zara skirt (i’m also lusting after THIS SIMILAR STYLE), vintage studio ferre belt, michael kors watch, banana republic socks, loeffler randall boots }

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09749027762662012409 Joy

    Love the different subtle variations.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07928529242349147868 Chic in Vancity

    Absolutely fabulous! Love the outfits!! :)
    Bella xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16472083874334861654 Asia

    Thanks for this post I have to adopt some of these variations into my own wardrobe. Very inspiring!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    beautiful! the first look is my fave


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05942764320600245819 Julie Khuu

    You look awesome!! Even when pared down, always so glam! Such easy combinations, seems so easy to pull off an entire week of b/w!…I may just be inspired for my next post :D Thx Kelly!

    Peace. Love. LOL!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02236026638447219394 Michelle

    The Theory blouse is my fav. Although the men's shirt (last pic) looks great on you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10955116532345730478 RASPBERRY JAM
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04783823686564686418 Bri

    Love the different directions of each black and white outfit, but especially love the first version with the leather skirt which is unexpected but a super fun take on a classic black and white outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06681284541885288937 pinkmate

    these are great inspirations! I've always been a fan of black & white outfits! so crisp and chic!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16004981102171663760 Sarah Newman

    I love the black and white! Such simple colors and so beautiful!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03282863996690973278 Dani

    Wow, love the details of the first blouse!!! <3



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    Love the black and white combinations!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • http://www.phoandchips.com Bridg

    love all of these, great combinations! love the Zara skirt & ruffled blouse in particular :)

    B xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05329196451830464702 Dominika

    amazing combinations!

    Fashion Philosophy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01510679220884107437 FairyFiligree

    Basics were the first word of proper style advice I received. Love the combinations which are still so fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05039446641314299287 Paula

    Love all the looks you look gorgeous in all of them ^^

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13147305304102341210 Gillian Uang
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    loved that fringed skirt, gorgeous


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15214368376224752480 Ophelia
  • http://politicallyfashionable.com/ politicallyfashionable.com

    I prefer the third look !!! U look gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05195209947252107326 Eleanor

    Loving them all!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03375827012197340590 Deborah Piana Agostinetti

    I love the second outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01914278218458248705 Malena

    Great outfit :) Love each of them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00684699262257213006 mariajustjernov

    the shirt in the first pic is amazing! Love it :)

    Maria Jernov


  • http://www.jacqfruit.blogpost.com Jacqui. Y

    ahhhhh love this post! Hits the nail right on the head when you talk about the value of great basics. You've put them together so well here! Love the Corello heels!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    There's nothing like versatile and timeless closet staples. Such chic b&w; attire!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05917776686898029445 Hija @ work

    so chic and classic indeed. b&w; forever!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09853814408617902006 Clara Turbay

    Loving the whole outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02462505490121017707 Sarah Stright

    Black and white is my favorite color combination. My favorite is when you mixed in the brown pieces. I love black and brown together. So elegant.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07588342236722184082 Katarina Matijević

    Love that third look!! Great belt!
    Following you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17307750287416918321 Closet Fashionista

    I love all three versions! The first is my favorite :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05137238505542889682 ADJ

    I am obsessed with the Corello shoes. WOW. amazing.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15932070906196907752 Shanelé

    I need a new black skirt and love the first and last ones!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14028985753002109016 Jolie

    That Zara skirt is supposed to arrive on my porch today!! So affordable and a closet staple!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06478261456089588472 Emily

    Inspiring monochrome ideas. I am always a little worried I will look like a waiter – I see if I glam it up with luxe accessories and I won't!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02951796823587909161 Jennifer King

    Great variations, indeed. And while all these looks are just a black skirt and white shirt – to me they look completely different due to the styling, accessories, shoes, etc. It's amazing what we can do with such simple pieces in our closet.

    - Jennifer

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04833874587061441389 Lisa Griffin

    I really love version 2! but this is a great example of elevating basics in funky ways!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10223210030892886698 Emijaa Jaaemil

    Love the black and white looks – and I agree – lately i'm learning that the basics are much more important in a wardrobe than tons of items that have no real meaning!

    Love your style! Always well put together!

    Emijaa Jaaemil

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03231787161844874561 Supal

    Whenever I'm lost for what to wear I always wear a black skirt and white blouse!


  • http://knockedupfabulous.wordpress.com/ April

    Love this post! The third look is my fav…love the brown accessories in the mix. I have this lovely ruffle black skirt…couldn't think of how to wear it, but now I do! Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15376356878120105071 Gina Michele

    Love all these looks! The first one is my favorite.

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • https://profiles.google.com/116425461772995853789 Tiffany Elam

    Very cute outfit!! Black & white is one of my favorite color combinations. It's easy but simple & chi at the same time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18271659383362302344 stylish fox

    Amazing and very stylish !

  • http://fashbrownies.wordpress.com/ fashbrownies

    You know I was thinking of doing a similar post for my blog!!

  • http://anna-gemutlichkeit.blogspot.com/ Anna Louisa

    I love this! First and third are my favorites…I'm going to buy a ruffled white blouse this weekend! :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03636469387388076513 Leah

    Nothing is more classically beautiful than black and white. Love these looks!

    xo L.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12214708536956773523 One Favorite Thing

    Love the different plays on white blouse with a black skirt. I think it's time I got myself a leather skirt. Thanks for the inspiration!


  • ClosetConfections

    I love all of these, but especially the 1st and last pics. I've struggled with how to make a polo shirt look good for years, and now you've shown me the way, lol!

    Closet Confections – A Sweet Little Personal Style Blog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10762079206609715855 Candice

    Love em! Especially that last one, how chic! You look ready for a polo match! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04750934444442772717 Caitie

    great combos! anything black & white is always a go in my book!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14560148050808440142 signature mix

    I love that when you stick to simple black and white the details really make the look. The ruffled shirt and the fringed skirt are really exceptional pieces.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09606827280456842787 Audrey

    Black and white is always so chic! I tend to wear that combo constantly! Love all of these! http://www.casualglamorous.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234007927388076913 Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

    Love the outfits, you make them rock.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14210220475156788693 LeeLee

    Fabulous combinations. Adore all the lovely looks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02835138295755914906 RAW Fashion Magazine

    Wicked and they are amazing garments very clean lines love it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05457368453857237893 Raque

    Love them all but the second one is my favorite =)



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17953494895364598911 Smitten4Style

    fabulous outfits!!! funnily enough i just did a post about black and white…and gold! :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01559656651751420343 My

    you are seriously one of the most beautiful/stylish people i've ever seen! your blog is amazing!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11030811426024382516 Catherine

    you are making me love black/brown combo, that I usually hate!!! AMAZING girl <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17210477197258078407 fashion kats

    Love the 3 outfits! You make everything looks glamourous!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02571761301203352767 Shayne Renee

    Ok! You've inspired me to buy this leather skirt I've been eyeing lol :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06561889922099096462 Nene

    I really really love the first look!!!!

    Nene (A princess in the making)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09183969777521030308 Daisy

    always so inspiring!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11936864416664190029 Cherrybee

    thank you for sharing those great and inspiring outfits with us!

    lots of love 2 u from munich



  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    I just adore these looks! I think my fave is #2 with the boyfriend shirt!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02641524108306861481 FashionFlirt

    Yes it absolutely inspired me, thanks for sharing! Three perfect outfits with the same basics but still pretty different :)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08123644460058416717 David Diaz

    So pretty! :D

    Have a Good Day!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04925982219825479559 Monroe Steele

    i need all those shoes

    xo Monroe

    Fashion Steele NYC

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    love the accessories!


  • simone marques

    Great pictures! So beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15373960050445203668 Ivana

    Love this outfit – so elegant!


  • http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/ Teresa

    Such a great post! I love how you've made really different looks, out of essentially the same items. I also LOVE the shoes in the last outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 TripsTreasures

    Basics really are the key to every look.

    I love all 3 of these outfits, all for different occasions, wouldn't be able to choose

    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 TripsTreasures

    Basics really are the key to every look.

    I love all 3 of these outfits, all for different occasions, wouldn't be able to choose

    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02756585515065845268 Aubrey and Melissa

    Such a classic look but each of these is so interesting. Can't get over that first top, the ruffle is so pretty!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11059775998363519154 Caitlin

    I can never get over how awesome the Lanvin for H&M; sunglasses look on you! Love that Theory blouse.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16303518167151306057 Elle

    I like the third option! It's simple but chic, like me! :)

    xx Elle from http://talonsetbonbons.blogspot.com/

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    have to say, option 3 gets my heart

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10404153374417708379 Rosa | Red Velvet + Leopard

    I am dyyying for those boots!! *swoon*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15769890565376003055 Lolo

    Really digging versions 2 and 3!
    You have awesome style.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16495570253506486903 Mich and Kris

    These outfits you put together are perfect. I love them all but my favorite is the first one. I have been searching for a skirt like that. Each one is so classic and chic, love your blog!

    MK Style Diaries

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05071065455569880286 Audrey

    oh I love your style! it is so elegant!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee
  • Anonymous

    It looks like photoshop has been applied to your legs in some of the pics. I hope I am wrong.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11690806954307433224 relish

    I love the variations and the way you make the classic black and white not so classic by adding your own edge…love your style


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13031252021001637647 SymbioticLife

    You know, I first came across your blog on Glamour.com and loved your style so much, I had to come follow you here. You always manage to put together such interesting pieces in really stylish ways. None of your outfits are ever boring or plain. It's fantastic.

  • Carolin

    Your style have just become so weird. I loved your longer hair and your chic clothes, but now you look like a 40 years old lady who wants to be a school girl from time to time.
    Please move back to your older fashion personality.

  • http://beancakes.wordpress.com/ kristina@beancakes ★

    ah! i just LOVE your boots!!
    xx ~ ks