I've also carried a feeling of black and white being rather work uniform colours from my days working in finance. As a result I often steer clear of teaming the two colours together, because it doesn't feel like something special to me.
But over time I have come to my confidence again with wearing black and white together. The answer I have found that brings black and white into being a combination that speaks to me is by adding an injection of bright colour. Furthermore I've also found that making sure the major black and white pieces I add to my wardrobe are "statement" or "dramatic" pieces are what has worked for me.
Skirt:: op shopped
Black Tee: Retail
Beads, Belt, Bag: op shopped
Gold Sandals: Retail
The skirt has certainly grabbed attention when I've worn it recently with others wanting to know where I purchased it and where can they get one. Of course most people who know me realise that it's a silly question to ask me, because the answer is generally going to lead to disappointment, with others not being able to track down the same.
Finally the other cheat I mentioned above for becoming more confident with black and white again, has been to inject a burst of bright colour, hence the red and orange beads and picking up on those colours in the enamel belt buckle and the orange brown tones in the tooled bag.
I'm set to run this skirt out again, as tonight I'm heading to Napoleon Perdis makeup event at my local chemist, there will be champagne, yummy food, kid free hours, time with a good friend, make up and fun. I figure this is just the type of skirt for a bit wow and fun.