Timeless Black and White: High Contrast, Dynamic Duo

Emma Stone's black and white looks

Outfit No.1:
Top: J Brand (Great peplum version from Theory)
Bottom: Rag & Bone
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (Yellow version here)

Outfit No.2:

Top and bottom: Martin Grant
(dress version here and here)

Shoes: Brian Atwood (similar here)
Clutch: Fendi (love this leopard version)
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.

Outfit No.3:
Dress: Luca Luca (similar here)
Shoes: Brian Atwood (on sale)
Jewelry: House of Lavande (adore this pair)

As a minimalist, black and white combo is my all-time favorite. The palette is classic and timeless ( never go out of style), also versatile and seasonless ( you can rock it year-round).

Personally I like to wear this combo two ways:

first is pairing solid black top with white bottoms. For me, white top with black pants is too ordinary and a little bit of  “waiter like”. But by putting white on the bottom, you can easily achieve a fresh and polished result. White bottoms, especially white jeans with clean lines and minimal details are my favorites–they can easily take us from office to party.

Emma stone’s first and second outfits are exactly what I really appreciate and frequently choose in my life. But she really took this black-top-and-white-bottom combo to the next level by adding a splash of red (like her red lips and red cap-toe shoes) and choosing the pieces with trendy details (like her peplum top) or special materials (like her leather top).

Below are details of her first two looks and how we can recreate them for less:

Details of Emma Stone's outfit No.1
Recreate Emma's outfit No.1

Recreate Emma’s first look for less:

Top: Joseph

Bottom: Michael Michael Kors

Shoes: Bass  or this pump version

Accessories: Miss Wax earrings,Essie nail polishPaula Dorf Lip Color for lips

Details of Emma Stone's outfit No.2 (Photo credit: Nine West facebook)
Recreate Emma's outfit No.2

Recreate Emma’s second look for less:

Top: Pins and Needles (Great leather version from Rebecca Taylor and Topshop )

Bottom: OOAK (Great one from Theory)

Shoes: Restricted ( Nice pair with stud heels here)

Clutch: Ann Taylor (adore this one)

Accessories: Urban Outfitters ring (or this one from Forever21), Kate Spade earrings, Essie nail polishPaula Dorf Lip Color for lips

 Emma’s third look below shows my second favorite way to rock black and white– through prints and patterns! I have tons of stripes, zebra and cow prints (currently obsessed with the print “Zazzy Zebra” ) and of course polka dots! Polka dot is such a fun and flirty print–it is idea for a girly summer frock, also goes perfectly with masculine pieces.

Details of Emma Stone's outfit No.3
Recreate Emma's outfit No.3

Recreate Emma’s third look for less:

Dress: LAUREN by Ralph Lauren (adore this day dress)

Shoes: Ellisy (or this Steve Madden version)

Accessories: Black & Brown belt (on sale), Forever 21 earrings,  Paula Dorf Lip Color for lips, Essie nail polish


I truly love the simplicity of the high contrast black and white palette and always enjoy sharing iconic pairing–you can see some of them in my previous posts here and here.

What do you think today’s featured looks? Do you like them?

By Helen Hou

I'm Helen. In the huge fashion world, what attracts me the most is the way different people accessorize themselves. Our daily outfit choices are not just about the pieces we pick, they relate to something lurking deeply within our hearts: how we feel about ourselves, how we express ourselves to the rest of the world, what kind of people do we want to be and what kind of life do we want to live. Following my passion for fashion, I immerse myself in this bizarre world and try my best to share what I learned with you!