Black & Blanco

by Jessica Sturdy on January 15, 2013

We were talking Black & White yesterday, so I figured I’d share one of my takes on the trend! I rocked my black & blanco with pops of metallic silver, but I can’t wait to sport the look with a splash of neon (love these flats!) or animal print (this clutch is amazing!).

J.Crew Factory Bow Sweater (sold out, similar style here)/ J.Crew Boy Shirt / J.Crew Snow Leopard Pants / J.Crew Metallic Bow Flats (on sale!) / Michael Kors Watch (similar) / Sequin NYC Leopard Bangle / gifted Milly Clutch (on sale!) / Nail Polish: Julep Dendrie + Essie Carnival

Thanks for the pictures, Rose!

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer January 15, 2013 at 7:02 am

Of course, this outfit is adorable! Love it.


Kimberly January 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

I love the print of those pants so much – I ordered them back when they were on sale, but they were NOT flattering on me at all! Love this all-black & white look…the metallic accessories are perfecct :)


Tasia of Ruffles & Sequins January 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

SO cute! Black and white is such an easy pairing and always produces such a put-together look <3 Fun outfit!


Kate January 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

This is SUCH a cute outfit! Love the black & white, and the printed pants, and how adorably casual & girlie this is! So cute!


AJ January 15, 2013 at 8:38 am

Love it! I had my eye on that sweater for a while, but guess I waited too long :-( And those flats are adorable and look super comfy!



Tara January 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

This is so fun! I would never have thought to pair the bow sweater with animal print, but it looks awesome!


Sarah January 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

Absolutely adorable outfit! The sweater is just perfection.

The Purse Snatcher 


Sarah January 15, 2013 at 9:58 am

This is one of my favorite! It looks perfect! I also love your nail polish combo!


Sarah January 15, 2013 at 9:59 am



Amy Shaughnessy January 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

This is so cute! I am loving the all black and white ensemble. Those pants are great!


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Sloane Kratzman January 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

Love the look, Jessica!


pretty little things January 15, 2013 at 10:10 am

great sweater on you — very bows and sequins! xo


Elizabeth January 15, 2013 at 10:29 am

Oooo I LOVE this!!


Eleanor @ Sequins & Sass January 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

So classic, but still current – loving the bow on your sweater!



Jen January 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

Love everything about this look! … And the fact that 1/2 of your outfit is from J.Crew. Shocking. :) xx


christin January 15, 2013 at 11:20 am

so i own a lot of black and a lot of white but not a lot of black & white. does that make sense? i need to fix that.


Alyssa January 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

This look is perfect–and the pattern on those pants is to die for. You look amazing!


Star White January 15, 2013 at 11:26 am

As always, you look adorable! I just love that bow sweater! Neons would be so cute also, great idea!



Kayla Gilbert January 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

That J. Crew sweater was one of my favorites of theirs this year! LOVE it! I featured it on my blog too! You look too too cute!



Liz @ Foodies&Booties January 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

LOVE how you did the black and white! Your accents are awesome with the outfit. Very envious of your clutch 😉


Amelia January 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Cute outfit!! I am in love with those flats. So dangerous that they are on sale. How do you think they fit, size wise?


Agi January 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Loving this outfit, especially the bow sweater. Black and white is so classic. Love it.



Ellen Landgren January 15, 2013 at 12:59 pm

You look absolutely fantastic. Wonderful outfit – I love this whole look!


Staci January 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

the sweater is adorable!



Stylelista January 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I NEED those pants like right now! AHHH so gorgeous!!
xoxo stylelista


Kristin January 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I’m obsessed! Such a cute look! I’ve been looking for a great bow sweater like that!


Chelsea January 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Adorable bow sweater! Loving your metallic accents but I love black, white and gold also.

Chelsea & The City


Lauren January 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

love how you styled those printed pants, the black white and silver combo looks great!



Mamalina January 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm

You look lovely! The sweater is so cute!



Carly January 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Holy moly girl, you are blowing up with comments these days.

Thank you for this….always looking for new ways to style these pants :)



Shannon January 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

What an adorable outfit. I absolutely love it!



Anngelik January 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I love the print of those pants! Gorgeous flats and clutch.



Shanna Johnson January 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Love it! All of it! I’m a sucker for black & white–it just looks so clean, crisp & classic. And these pants!!! I still haven’t really gotten into the printed-pant trend, but I WANT these!!! Amazing, as usual!


heather January 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I love the sweater. It’s so adorable. And your pants! Love them! They are so fun, and its a great twist to work pants as well.



Jennifer January 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I have two questions:

1) What is your opinion of the quality of J. Crew Factory clothes vs. J. Crew clothes?

2) I like quality clothes. My normal haunts are J. Crew and BR. However, buying all of the trend pieces at these stores would break my budget. Do you know of anywhere that is of better quality than Forever 21, H&M, etc, but closer in price point?


Kacie's Kloset January 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

This black and white look is amazing! Such a classic color combo done in a fun way!


Dina Karivalis (@DKarivalis) January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

This outfit is so cute, I love the black and white with the subtle touches of bows!
xo Dina
Sweetest Somethings


jenn~the stylish housewife January 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

ADORABLE!!! i am SO tempted to get those flats!!!! arghhhh

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife


Erica January 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I love everything about this outfit! The bow, the leopard, the silver flats. Great outfit, Jessica!


Danielle January 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Love this combo! You look so great in flats… I always find myself opting for heels… so this is some great inspo for me! I wore pastel leopard skinnies on my blog today… check it out! (I really love the boldness of yours!)


Amy January 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I love this look! Every part of it! You look great in black and white :)


The Tailored Two January 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

This is so adorable! Love the sweater and pant combination.


Petite Adventures January 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

Love your sweater – the bow detail is so cute!

Kate xo


sarah January 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Perfect yet again! This is one of your top looks. Your hair looks amazing.


Jennifer January 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Just found your blog today! I really like your outfits.. each one of them has a little something that makes it sparkle :)

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Tina @ My Highest Self January 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

I typically love all of your outfits but this one is BY FAR my favorite, love everything about it! Those flats, love ’em so much :).


Rachel January 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Love your bow top, its adorable!


Sophia January 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

LOVE! One of my new favorite posts on Bows & Sequins!


Katherine January 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Recently discovered your blog and you put together the cutest outfits! Especially like the adorable bow sweater and the Michael Kors watch.


Jill January 20, 2013 at 10:43 am

I wanted that sweater but it was still full price at the facorty store when i was there, and there is just no way I’ll pay full price at the factory store! Looks great on you with the snowcat pants!


Stephanie January 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

just came across your blog.. love your style!
and i have to say: you look a bit like AnnaSophia Robb 😀

xx Stephanie (


Chioma January 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

lovely style! those pants and sweater are so cute :)

C’s Evolution of Style


Cristina January 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I love this combination! Especially since you have your signature bow on your cardi :) Those are some of my favorite pants of yours!!


Jessie February 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I love your take on the black & white trend! You just can’t go wrong in J.Crew! :)


Hip June 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

I would never have thought to pair the bow sweater with animal print, but it looks more than awesome!



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