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How to do black and white with panache

• Choose your white carefully. Many people don’t look good in stark white because it overpowers their complexion and makes it look ashy. Try on a cream or off-white top to see whether that suits your skin tone better than optic white.

• White pants can’t be too flimsy or they’ll show every bump and bubble on your stomach and legs. Try a heavyweight denim or pants with an athletic stripe to keep legs looking long.

• Pops of color can keep a black and white outfit from looking boring. Think primary or saturated colors like red, yellow, royal blue or Pantone’s color of the year, emerald green.

• Add texture or shine for interest. Lace, tweed and metallics will keep the palette from looking flat. Sheon Wilson

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