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What Color Top Goes With Black and White Pinstriped Pants?

by Jennifer Blair, studioD

Black and white pinstriped pants are a classic wardrobe staple that never goes out of style. They're also extremely versatile -- you can dress them down for lunch with friends or glam them up for an evening out, and everything in between. Because black and white are neutral shades and the pattern is so subtle, you can also pair them with tops in a variety of colors, making it easy to come up with enough combinations to ensure that your pinstriped pants look new each time you wear them.

Simple Black and White

When you’re wearing black and white pinstriped pants, a white or black top is usually the safest option. At the office, pair your pinstriped pants with a crisp, white button-down blouse and black pumps for a polished, professional look. Or top the pants with a black blazer and white shell for a twist on your usual suit. If you want a more casual look, wear your black and white pinstriped pants with a classic, white V-neck tee and black ballet flats. For a particularly enticing dinner date, slip into a black, sequined tank top and a pair of sexy peep-toe pumps to dress the pants up.

Soft Pastels

If you want a more colorful look that’s still soft and subtle, pair your black and white pinstriped pants with a pastel top. For work, layer a pale pink V-neck sweater over a white button-down blouse and finish with the pants. If you want to soften the look of your menswear pinstriped trousers, try them with a lavender lace blouse and pointy-toe black heels for a flirty, feminine look. A casual weekend look is a cinch when you top the pants with a mint-green boyfriend cardigan over a white T-shirt or tank top. Tie a black belt around your waist, and step into black ankle boots for a stylish, relaxed outfit.

Elegant Jewel Tones

For an elegant, sophisticated look, wear a jewel-toned top with your black and white pinstriped pants. Create a polished, professional look by sliding on a ruby, satin button-down blouse with the pants and adding black heels. If you’re planning a casual look, pair the pants with an emerald-green crew-neck sweater and black loafers. When you’re headed out for the night, button a sapphire velvet blazer over your pants with a silky white camisole underneath. Add a pair of strappy, silver stilettos to finish off the look.

Bold Brights

If you like to turn heads, there’s no reason that you can’t pair your black and white pinstriped pants with a brightly colored top. Jazz up your work look by wearing the pants with a fitted, magenta button-down and black heeled boots. Or go for a more classic look by pairing the pinstriped pants with a cherry-red scoop-neck sweater. To stand out at an evening event, you won't fail if you wear your pants with a turquoise, beaded tank top and black platform heels. For some serious glamour, try your pants with a cranberry, satin, corset-style top and black, velvet peep-toe pumps.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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