True blue

A beautiful blue cotton raincoat by Cos provided the inspiration for today's post. Modern and sleek, it's a great transitional piece. With it, we're profiling four black and white (and one gray) outfits you can wear now and into the warmer weather with the blue coat (or similar) on top.

Blue is the hot color this spring and this coated cotton raincoat from Cos really does it right. Wear it over neutral tones - black, white and denim - and any of the outfits below. Beautiful for spring and just as good this fall.

This white shirt by Co is super high quality and really beautiful in person, made even more so by the asymmetrical hem that provides ideal coverage. It's a year round piece that would look amazing with these relatively inexpensive, quality leather leggings by Cos (these are literally half the price you would normally pay for leather pants of any style) and the blue coat on top. Even in the depths of summer, you can roll up the shirt's sleeves and wear the top with shorts and a sandal.

Vince makes these terrific basic pull-on pants (elastic waistband!) and they happen to look great with the slingbacks in the photo. We love them with this A.L.C. silk white blouse tucked in. A great look for the office. The blue coat on top adds a pop of color.

Don't be alarmed by the midriff showing in this A.L.C. cropped top. Wear it exclusively with high-waisted pants like these black ones by Norma Kamali. The top and pants will meet together and create a smooth waistline. The pants are a pull-on knit that look great with a simple platform sneaker or flat. Again, blue coat on top and you're ready for the day.

This leather piece by Cos can be worn as a tunic, dress or jacket and, like the leather pants above, it's very well priced. Wear it over a skinny pant as a tunic, on its own with a great flat or leave it unbuttoned over anything. It's an outfit maker.

Cos makes this simple, lightweight dress. Wear it now with a bootie. In the spring, try it with a flat or sandal if you're taller and with a platform sandal or sneaker if you're shorter. It's a great day dress and would look terrific with the blue coat.

Top off any of these outfits with this Parker Clay crossbody bag. It's chic and easy and perfect when you want to travel light.

Finally, two great sneaker options to round it out. Both work well with all of the outfits above. The silver toned Pedro Garcia on the left is a modern, sleek sneaker in a beautiful neutral palette. If you want something bolder, the Alice and Olivia platform is colorful and fun and looks great with black and white.