Decked out in a black and white dress and patterned shoes, Candie Weitz attends An Evening Honoring Karl Lagerfeld in New York City in November 2013.

The combination of black and white is arguably one of the chicest -- and most ubiquitous -- in the fashion world. Scoring points for both polish and practicality, black and white dresses, skirts, blouses and jackets allow for easy dressing and a myriad of accessory options. Dress up your look with metallic pieces or dress down your outfit with playful patterns. Make your choices based on the occasion, season -- and styles you like and want to wear.

Tone on Tone

Keep your look effortless and refined with simple black and white accessories. For a casual weekend outfit, don black skinny jeans and a white V-neck T-shirt; add black button earrings, and black and white bangle bracelets. Slip into black loafers and carry an oversize white leather bag for errands. If you’re rocking a black dress for date night, reach for black patent pumps for texture, a white and black enamel statement necklace, and a matching two-toned clutch.

Modern Metallics

Gold, silver and pewter accessories help to up the sophistication on black and white ensembles. Look professional with a white silk blouse with black piping, black wide-leg trousers, a gold menswear-inspired watch and gold earrings. To add extra formality to a black and white evening dress, wear a black and silver statement necklace and brushed-silver pointy-toe pumps. Carry a black jewel-encrusted minaudiere to complete the look.

Crazy for Color

The neutrality of black and white allows for a wide range of pieces in vibrant accent hues. Bold pops of color -- think purple, tangerine, fuchsia, red -- create a striking palette when mixed with black and white. Infuse your look with a bit of edge by wearing white tapered pants, a black tank and a bright yellow moto-style leather jacket; finish the ensemble with strappy black sandals and a black cross-body bag. You can also top a black and white striped dress with a crimson blazer, or simply wear a bright cobalt pair of pumps or carry a burgundy clutch to offset your ensemble. Keep all other accents black and white to let the brighter piece stand out.

Playful Prints

The combo of black and white makes a statement on its own, but adding a striking print or pattern puts a new spin on a classic look. Go subtle by rocking a zebra-print belt with black trousers and a white button-down shirt, or slip on a pair of houndstooth ballet flats with white skinny jeans, and a black and white sweater. For a whimsical look, pair a white dress with a black jacket and a brightly colored geometric-patterned scarf. If you choose to incorporate prints, limit the patterned accessories to one attention-grabbing article; keep the rest of the outfit black or white, or pick up one of the colors in the print for an additional accent.