black and white, if you haven’t already guessed since my go-to happens to be black, a.k.a. a New Yorker’s uniform (side note: trying to make my way into more color — stay tuned). At the very essence, black and white is the most extreme definition of contrast, which is why it’s either tremendously easy to put together or something quite difficult to feel comfortable wearing in public, the latter being what’s most important — a true reflection of you. The contrast makes it a bold statement that you need to feel good about rocking. With this look, it was about playing with textures as an added layer to color. This knitted top is one of my favorites from Sandro last season (second side note: I just got this tank made of a similar material that I’ll be wearing with pretty much all of my +80 degree outfits this summer); and the striped silk suit is from H&M’s Studio collection (unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they have it online — sorry about that). The key with patterned suits, which I love, but happen to be tremendously picky about, is not to take them too seriously. And unless it’s a tux or a really elevated print like many used for holiday, I wouldn’t wear them with a proper shirt, tie, or dress shoes. Dress it down. And if you have something elevated in what you’re dressing down — a knitted t-shirt vs. a cotton t-shirt, or a pristine leather backpack instead of a canvas one — try that.