The brilliant combination of black and white is the foundation of any timeless wardrobe. Leave it to the spirited Coco Chanel to effortlessly sum up the dynamic duo, “Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Could she have been any more right?

Picture the iconic looks throughout fashion history: Marilyn Monroe in her flowing white dress, Audrey Hepburn in her elegant black turtleneck and cropped pants for Funny Face and the major creative force, Karl Lagerfeld, in his black and white statement suit. This Fashionista, sporting her own version of the ultimate combination, shows us how to execute the absence of color in our day-to-day looks like a pro.

Check out her enviable style, which instantly inspired me to up my cool factor. Her white hot blouse drapes impeccably, creating softness within the dramatic pairing. I am obsessed with how this Fashionista wasn’t afraid to layer with her lace bralette peeking out. She shows variation within black by choosing to wear slightly faded black denim and pairing it with a black cardigan with leather panels on the front. I also love that she continued to play with black all the way to her shoes, sporting black suede booties covered in black leather straps. Topping it off, this Fashionista threw on her black on black Warby Parker sunglasses.

Want to learn how to walk down the avenues in the timeless combination of black and white with effortless vibes? When styling yourself, differentiate your black hues like this Fashionista with her faded black jeans and black sweater with black leather. Black and white opens many doors for where you can take your look, so don’t be afraid to mix it up and create texture or depth. If you were to take this look to the beach, throw that sweater into your bag, slip into black sandals and sport your favorite faded black denim shorts. Just remember, be confident when wearing this bold combination of colors and don’t forget to bring your attitude.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Many people view wearing black as dark and gothic, but I feel the complete opposite about it. Although I think it’s very important to take risks in fashion, I wear black because it’s visceral, simple and timeless.”