In a complicated world, sometimes there is nothing more refreshing and comforting than a crisp, black-and-white look. The color combo is the most trustworthy and timeless of all, making each B&W purchase guilt-free. Plus, season after season, black-and-white reigns supreme on the runway. We’ve seen it in stripes, geometric patterns, and classic prints like houndstooth and tweed, but no matter what the print, there is an overall ease to the color combo unlike anything else.

The stripped-down color palette calls for luxe fabrics. Sheers, leather, wool, and crêpe add oomph to this sophisticated yet simple look. Play with all textures, like Narciso Rodriguez did for his spring 2014 collection, shown above. Lastly, resist the urge to add a pop of color — you want to keep the color combo united.

Build your black-and-white wardrobe starting with tailored separates, strappy sandals, sleek satchels, and more!