For those with a more adventurous side (and a looser dress code at the office), put the pattern in your skirt. Then you can add a crisp white oxford and a black cardigan for a fresh spin on your wear-to-work formula. If the extra pop of color is too much for you in a skirt, go for a bold black and white print and add your extra hue in your accessories.
When going out to dinner with friends, add some extra pizzazz to your Little Black Dress by layering with a printed cardigan instead of a basic black one. A little color and pattern make a big difference by breaking up the otherwise large block of color. Or if you have a job that requires you to wear a basic black suit everyday, you can make a quick costume change for dinner by switching out your suit jacket for a printed cardigan. It will instantly soften the look of your outfit and help you transition out of the workday mentality.
Even though we may not fall into the black and white color palette on the weekends, chances are that you are just swapping your black trousers for comfy denim and your white oxfords for solid colored tees. Instead grab a great striped sweater with a fun color that can be picked up in a scarf. Plus, sweaters are easier than t-shirts to mix into your work week outfit rotation.
If you are trying to break the black and white habit, I suggest rearranging your closet so that a few of your favorite bright accessories are front and center. Hang a patterned scarf on the same hanger as your winter coat, put a brightly colored belt through the belt loops of your work trousers the night before, or lay out a statement necklace next to your watch and soon it will be second nature to add a pop of color and pattern to your favorite outfits!