You don't need solid colors as basics. At least not all the time.
Black and white stripes, which gained popularity in past seasons, make fantastic basics nowadays.
Today's fashion inspiration provides three ways to pile colors and pattern onto basic black and white.
The first outfit features red flats, similar to these Michael Kors flats, and I absolutely adore reds' loudness. The next outfit is layered with past seasons' popular pattern, leopard. It features a pair of sexy leopard boots.
Last, cobalt. I love cobalt with anything. It's both noticeable and flattering. To enable a casual feel to the last outfit, I added a pair of tan loafers. They look comfortable for an outfit like this one.