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Whenever I’m not sure what to wear, I reach for black and white. But today I thought it might be fun to mix some black and white patterns. Here’s a black lightweight wool Banana Republic blazer over a black and white polka dot button down Talbots shirt. Both items have a little spandex which gives them a bit of “memory”. That is, they don’t look stretched out after they’ve been on for a few hours.


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The pants are J.Jill black window pane ankle slacks that really are so comfortable, yet crisp looking, don’t you agree?


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My shoes are black calf capped toed ballet flats with patent leather tips. They’re by AGL which is a pricier brand. I love them because I have really sensitive feet and the leather is so soft and high quality. Also the style is timeless. I bought these at least five years ago and Nordstrom’s is still selling the exact same shoe today!!


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I’m standing in my California kitchen in front of my vintage white clock with cool French wording. Notice how the blazer’s turned back cuffs are black and white stripes.

Mr. G.Q. thought this outfit was a bit too much with respect to all the different patterns. I thought it worked because there was such a big patch of black from the jacket right in the middle of my look. I think the trick to mixing patterns is to keep the colors the same and to keep the pieces classic. What do you think, lovely readers? Give me your opinion in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and for giving me your vote! Happy Thursday!!

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