How to wear black and white for a fresh look

How to team black and white for a fresh look

How to wear black and white for a fresh look. Well, I am sitting here writing this in a heatwave. It would be too hot today to wear my black trousers. However, my white shirt is ideal as it is nice and roomy and prevents my arms from getting sunburnt. It is often a good idea to wear something loose and covering when the sun is very strong. I find that a loose shirt can be worn in the summer on its own and then with a tee underneath when the temperatures cool down.

My trousers are from Uniqlo. They are still available in both black and beige colourways and are reduced in the sale from £39.90 to £29.90.

A modern way to wear a white shirt

I think that a white shirt is a very important and integral part of a well-curated wardrobe. If you have warm colouring you could substitute the white for an off-white or cream.

Monochrome black and white outfit

The combination of black and white is a very classic combination.

How to simplify your style

Both the trousers and the white shirt will transition well into early Autumn. You could wear the trousers with a cardigan or a thicker sweater. MeandEm has some great sweaters reduced in their sale (some at 60% off). I love their sweaters, they are of excellent quality and last for years. They can be a bit pricey, so I often wait for their sale.

I have been researching the new colours and trends for the Autumn/Winter 2022 season. Look Fabulous Forever invited me to write a guest post for their popular weekly blog. In this post you will find the new seasons’ colour palettes, there are plenty of gorgeous colours for both cool and warm-toned skins. I have also included images of a few of the new collections that have started to arrive in the shops. Well worth a read so that you can begin to plan your Autumn wardrobe.

How to wear black and white for a fresh look


  1. Kathy
    12th August 2022 / 15:33

    White shirts are in my closet year round. I am always on the look out for unique ones. I so enjoy your posts and someday hope to visit Britain and France.

    • 16th August 2022 / 10:25

      Hello Kathy
      Glad that you enjoy my posts. If you visit the UK let me know.

  2. Roberta
    12th August 2022 / 17:50

    I just love white shirts/blouses. I think I have maybe 8 in my closet now. Most I wear in rotation daily and 2 or 3 I save to wear when we’re out and about. As I’ve gotten older I’ve taken to wearing them mostly with the collar flipped up as, in my mind, it is more flattering and draws attention away from the “ waddle.” You look beautiful in this style – and I can’t think of any place/circumstance where/when this would not be appropriate attire.

    • 16th August 2022 / 10:23

      Hello Roberta
      Thank you for your comment. Good idea to flip the collar up. I do sometimes do that.

  3. Brenda Chell
    12th August 2022 / 18:04

    Black and white is a great choice at any time and you look lovely as always Josephine. Thank you for your photos and blogs, always appreciated.

    • 16th August 2022 / 10:21

      Really glad that you appreciate my blog posts. It makes it all worthwhile

  4. Francie
    12th August 2022 / 18:26

    Great look! Love the pretty English street scene too! Thanks for encouraging me to wear white blouses. You’re absolutely right.

    • 16th August 2022 / 10:21

      The English street scene is Thames Ditton where we currently live.

  5. 12th August 2022 / 19:03

    I love your guest blog. I know I am warm, but it’s nice to see the details. And the fall colours! Thanks again Josephine.

    • 16th August 2022 / 10:19

      Thank you for your comment. There will be more posts on the colours for the new season coming soon.

  6. Francesca B
    12th August 2022 / 21:02

    Lovely post thank you Josephine and l really enjoyed your interview. I am so in synch with you on the Me and Em sale; l just bought their Hazelnut cable sweater on sale and it’s beautiful. If on,y l could afford another sweater l would go back !! Fabulous clothes l always wait for the sales. Take care in the heat.

    • 16th August 2022 / 10:17

      Thank you for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed the interview.

  7. 13th August 2022 / 08:42

    Yep I succumbed to the Me&Em knitwear sale, as indeed I do most years. Great quality. To be honest though I think their mainstream prices have become silly and reflect their current popularity with fashion journalists. They may find that the circus will move on and somewhere else will become the flavour of the month. Maybe when that happens, in combination with shift in the cost of living, their prices may need some adjustment.

    • 16th August 2022 / 10:15

      Hello Maureen
      I agree that Me&Em’s prices are high. I doubt if they will get any lower as everything is going up in price. I do find that the fabric and cut are so good that they are worth the investment (especially in the sale) as my pieces have lasted for years.

  8. Kari
    17th August 2022 / 14:09

    Your tips for starting to transition to fall wardrobe are so helpful. I had not thought of selecting out some favorite piece and working with them to bring some small changes. This is really working for me right now! Thank you, Josephine!

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