Here's the thing: the black-and-white color combo isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It's no wonder why glamorous A-listers, the downtown-cool set, and everyone in between gravitate toward this monochromatic dressing palette: it's virtually impossible to get it wrong. The only snag that comes with this classic pairing is breathing new life into it. To keep this quintessential contrast fresh, we've culled an eclectic mix of street stylers in their black-and-white best. From stark graphic prints and strategic LWD colorblocking to old-school denim cutoff and t-shirt match-ups, there's enough styling inspiration to keep our sleek Summer outfits on point. For more monochromatic goodness, just keep clicking.
Thanks to designers like Nicole Miller, Derek Lam, and Yigal Azrouel (not to mention rapper Wiz Khalifa), black and yellow is one of the hottest color combos to try for Summer. Even though it can seem daunting to wear — second only to the horrific thought of wearing red and green together — it's actually quite easy to pull off while still looking incredibly chic. Whether you opt for a soft and conservative look, like Derek Lam's graphic printed skirt, or go for something with more gusto, like Nicole Miller's colorblock scuba-style dress, here are three examples of how to pair black and yellow without looking like a bumblebee.
Dallas star Jordana Brewster stepped out in Beverly Hills working a sweet color combo — a salmon blouse and orange maxi skirt — that reminds us of our favorite Baskin-Robbins rainbow sherbert ice cream! A tan leather tote, black square shades, and bevy of gold jewels complemented her shopping style perfectly. Re-create this breezy and ladylike look with a salmon blouse, orange maxi skirt, and nude flip-flops for your next brunch date with the girls. If skirts aren't your thing, test-drive the color combo with a pair of salmon Rich & Skinny jeans ($121) and Lily White printed orange tank ($20).
Jordana Brewster and her Dallas costars visited the New York Stock Exchange this morning, and while they were surrounded by suits, that didn't stop the actress from looking extra cute. Jordana paired a vibrant orange button-down blouse with a pair of coral shorts, then topped her outfit off with a crisp off-white Rebecca Minkoff blazer ($378). Her accessories included a thin tan belt, these Rupert Sanderson tan ankle-strap sandals ($819), a gold charm necklace, and a chunky gold ring. The blend of bright orange and coral is a fresh color combo and one that especially works for Summertime. You can match an orange top and coral shorts like Jordana did, or pair a coral tank with an orange skirt or jeans. Get started by shopping similar pieces below.
Keira Knightley stepped out in London with fiancé James Righton in a black and tan outfit that's perfect for a casual night out. Her look included a denim jacket, a black button-down maxi dress, Tapeet sandals, and tan accessories, including a tan belt and a tan shoulder bag. We love how Keira worked her ensemble with ease, then added red-orange nail polish for a touch of much-needed color. Inspired by Keira, sport a black dress with tan accessories and a jean jacket while strolling around the city during day or night or dabble with the black and tan trend via these Rachel Zoe tan leather shorts ($357, originally $595), a black blouse, high heels, and a denim jacket for a dressier feel.
Jessica Alba isn't the only one digging the cobalt and chartreuse trend — Rachel Bilson worked the bright color combo while appearing on The Marilyn Denis Show in Canada. She paired a silk cobalt 3.1 Phillip Lim tank ($350) with chartreuse ShoeMint peep-toe t-strap platform sandals, then completed her look via black wide-leg trousers by The Row. Get in on the popular color combo via similar pieces below, including Rachel's exact top, or don cobalt jeans with a chartreuse tank for a more casual approach.
Kristen Bell was all smiles, posing with stylist Nicole Chavez, in a silk sherbert 3.1 Phillip Lim frock ($525), which she paired up with unexpected baby blue pumps at a boutique event in LA. The actress's tousled locks, dewy makeup, and minimal accessories complemented her flowing dress perfectly. Re-create Kristen's fresh feminine look by fusing her exact frock with these light blue Prada pumps ($620) for date night or glam it up with these snakeskin Elie Tahari sandals ($448) for a Summer wedding.
Over the weekend, while spending quality time with daughter Honor in LA, Jessica Alba created a whole new fresh color combo we all must try this Spring and Summer: chartreuse and cobalt. The actress topped her cobalt maxi dress with this Theonne chartreuse cropped cardigan ($258), then matched things up with blue ankle-strap platform Ralph Lauren sandals. A crisp white Tory Burch fedora added a resort feel, while her colorful Simone Camille bag ($975) lent an exotic vibe. Get Jessica's exact Theonne chartreuse cardigan to top over your cobalt maxi, cobalt jeans, or cobalt shorts. Then for an office-appropriate look, wear your chartreuse cardigan with a pair of chic wide-leg cobalt trousers from Asos ($70).
Though on opposite ends of the globe, Marion Cotillard and Jaime King were both feeling the same fresh color combo: peach and yellow. Marion posed for the Cannes cameras in a peach chiffon Dior frock and yellow Versus pumps ($695), while Jaime opted for a peach Porter Grey sheath and yellow cap-toe Aldo pumps with an Amanda Pearl clutch ($1,295) at the Hanky Panky for Hello Kitty launch in NYC. We love seeing new color combos — like light blue and green — emerge in Hollywood, and this fresh and feminine mix is particularly noteworthy. Shop our favorite peach and yellow pairings below to re-create this Spring-perfect color blend.
Out of all the possible color combos to try this season, we're feeling especially sweet on pairing shades of blush and taupe together for a pretty, impossibly girlie take on Spring dressing. Ready to channel your inner ballerina this Spring? We've put together some key blush and taupe pieces and styled up some fresh, chic examples for you to follow for work, weekend, and party time. Click through to see and shop them now.