Sure, black and white is often associated with cocktail wait staff or members of the Philharmonic, but this tried-and-tested color combo isn't just reserved for uniforms. No, this old-hat style trick has a lot more variety than meets the eye. Here's the proof. Tamara McCleary, blogger of Bonafide Supernova, looks like she means business in these skinny, plaid pants, white button-down, and menswear-inspired tie — but don't for one second think she's a no-play kind of gal. It's the edgy cut-outs and sexy, single-strap heels that transport (at warp speed!) this outfit from basic B&W to total style-star territory. Go ahead and recreate the look for yourself. Then, check out the rest of our Perfect Outfit how-tos.
River Island White Tie Neck Shirt, $32, available at River Island; Topshop Flocked Houndstooth Leggings, $56, available at Nordstrom; Tom Ford Anastasia Sunglasses, $283.61, available at Colette; Reed Krakoff 18-Karat Gold Plated Watch Cuff, $3,200, available at Net-A-Porter; Furla Piper Briefcase, $648, available at Zappos Couture; Zara Satin Sandal ,$89.90, available at Zara.