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Black White and Loads of Gray Areas


Though the brooding days of Winter will soon come to a sedate halt, there’s a color combo I often resort to that doesn’t evolve with each changing season. The arsenal in question? Various shades of black, white and grey. What I love about the trio is that there are various ways to play up neutral colors without running out of fumes or going out of style, and it’s a great way to reintroduce past items in your wardrobe to make them trendy again!

As Doris Lessing once said, “Things are not quite so simple always as black and white”. In my outfit today I’m taking monochrome up a notch by mixing in patterns and prints while abiding by the neutral color palette. Just like a classic pair of leather pants that withstands age and time, mixing in the right patterns by seamlessly playing with texture and size patterns really takes the “bore” out of the ring (the fashion ring, to be exact).

While sticking to an outfit that is primarily black and white, I played up the 3rd color scheme with this perforated grey sweater. Make it simple but significant. That’s the motto to abide by when enjoying the fine simple things in life, don’t you agree? :)

Xo~ Lena

Life is about the gray areas. Things are seldom black and white, even when we wish they were and think they should be, and I like exploring this nuanced terrain. Emily Giffin

Photos: Amanda Freeman


  • 100% the kind of outfit i will wear again and again. basic colors are the best! love ur style!x

    • Thanks Marisa, yes those neutral hues really are versatile pieces :)

  • Hi Lena! I’m so sorry for being inactive lately! Things are getting so busy here…I had my doctor’s appointment this morning and she said baby Wai can come at anytime from now until week 40! We’re so excited, but nervous at the same time…When it comes to giving birth, it really scares me. Hopefully it will be an easy, healthy delivery! Anyways, I really loveeeeee this outfit! And yes, grey, black and white are just the perfect combination! Hey, are you my long lost sister? :p Hahah! Love the ruffles of your grey sweater! It just creates that WOW effect! :) Have a great weekend beautiful! xo, Vivian

    • Wow amazing how time flies by so fast and you’re about to be a mommy any time soon! I will be praying that it’s a healthy delivery and that everything runs smoothly! Those maternity shoots were so fabulous Vivian, you and Wai look so happy and in love :). Yes have a great weekend too and be well! :)

  • This look is so stylish! Great post, thanks for sharing :)

    Camille xo

  • In love with that gray sweater! the details on it make the outfit more interesting. and I love how you layered up on the accessories :)

  • you looks stunning! love your top so much <3


  • OMG hiiii girl!! Hehe I’ve been following you on Instagram but this is my first time stumbling upon your actual blog. It’s soo minimal and clean. :) I just love the details in your sweater here… it makes it look so unique!! Totally rocking this monochrome look babe.

  • oh so true. Black white and grey are so classic that they transcend the seasons. For me its always navy ha. Love the perforated sweater. You’re totally right about playing it up with textures when picking a colour palette that is more subdued!


  • this is totally my color scheme! hahaha btw i always wondered… do you write for living lena? if not i bet you totally can. every one of your posts are so beautifully written :) hehe have a great week!!

  • Love that gray sweater! Its super pretty on you sister! Hope you’re enjoying your sunday, and getting some rest in!


  • Wow Lena! Per usual, love this combination! You have a way of mixing different textures that complement each other. This also helps make a black& white ensemble more interesting. Colorful pieces still make it into my wardrobe every now and then. But my closet is definitely filled with 80% black-white-gray combos. Hope you have an awesome weekend! Xx

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