When you frame together two extremities on either side of the spectrum, the contrast is stark and clear. Black appears ever so black, and the white is well, almost too uncomfortably white. I finally convinced myself to purchase my first checkered top recently. While I usually find the combination of black and white squares off putting, and reminiscent of your aunt's 1960's bathroom tiles. The short cut and slightly boxy silhouette however brought redemption to my initial perceptions.