Who doesn’t love a black and white fall work outfit? These shades are staples in nearly every woman’s wardrobe. After all, black is simple, elegant and figure flattering—not to mention, it’s easy to pair with almost any other color. And white? Once reserved for the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, white is now a fresh color choice all year long, as are these ivory-colored fall looks.
Of course, it’s always fun to play with brightly-hued ensembles. Or to play around with fall outfits that work around neutrals. But when it comes to business casual fall outfits, that black and white color combination yields an effortlessly chic result, all with minimum hassle. Combine a classic white blouse and the perfect black pair of pants, and the look immediately sends out girl-boss vibes! That’s a look that’s currently trending, thanks to a seasonal return to in-person work days.
Ready to explore new and exciting black and white fall work outfit combinations? Check out the best of Nordstrom fall fashions, and read through to the end of this post to explore shoes to wear with cargo pants, perfect for when it’s time to swap out dress slacks and try a more relaxed look on the bottom!
One of the easiest ways to highlight a black and white combination is to choose a monochrome color palette, and a simple silhouette. This kind of pairing allows the contrast of dark and light to take center stage, creating a modern, edgy vibe that’s free from the distractions of busy prints or fussy details.
Want to give it a try? Start with a classic blank pant that has both stretch and volume, creating an ideal balance of comfort and elegance. Next, add simple luxury with this gorgeous white silk button down blouse, worn loosely tucked at the waist. Slip on these pointy-toed strappy black pumps, accessorize with a subtle-yet-sizeable black quilted shoulder bag, and head to the office having nailed the business casual fall outfit.
Prefer a less stark black and white fall work outfit? Try playing with prints that combine both hues, to soften the contrast for a subtler styling option. To begin, try this wide-leg trouser with a delicate plaid print. Next, grab a fitted tank top in black or white, and tuck it into the pants’ half-elastic waistband—feel free to add a belt for extra polish, or to wear-belt free for more casual vibes. Complete the look with this relaxed-fit white blazer, worn open in the front, and a black-leather ankle bootie that will just barely peek out beneath the pants’ long hem line.
For this next combination, color takes a back seat to trendy top detailing, so it’s important to stick with solid prints. To begin, start with a simple pair of black, slim-fitting jeans or slacks, like this high-waisted, button-fly design from Paige denim. Now, create visual interest with this ruffled white Reformation blouse, whose nipped in waist subtle peplum and trendy puffed sleeves create the illusion of a teeny-tiny waist line. Finally, to celebrate the blouse’s playful styling, throw in a few pops of color when it comes to accessorizing. Get girly with a clear-and-taupe-colored Steve Madden crossbody bag, and stay in that color family by adding camel-colored pointy-toed pumps to complete the look.
Now that the basics of business casual fall outfits are all laid out, let’s take a moment and explore some other fun styling options. For starters, try swapping a sleek silhouette for cargo pants, then wear with a creamy white cardigan and the ultimate shoes to wear with cargo pants, these gorgeous Coach platform loafers in a vibrant dark pine hue.
Heading straight from the office to a night of dinner, drinks and fun on the town? Return to that monochrome color palette, reviewed in the first black and white fall work combination. But, instead of a basic black shoulder bag, bring fun and sparkle to the mix with this eye-catching cross body bag from Kurt Geiger, one of the brightest Nordstrom fall fashions currently available.
Not a fan of pretty-in-pink ensembles? Stick with the original black handbag, then pump up the style volume with these blinged-out Vince Camuto ankle-strap pumps, constructed from a beautifully textured satin that looks as good as it feels. Of course, with that evening-wear fabric and so much sparkle at the ankles, these shoes read more party time than business casual fall outfits. By choosing a longer pant leg or a simple silhouette and day-time materials up top, they can still be a great finishing touch to a black and white fall work outfit.
Ready to rock your own business casual fall outfits? Will you try a monochrome black and white fall work outfit or get playful with Nordstrom fall fashions by adding pops of color or sparkly accessories? Share your #OOTD inspiration in the comments below!