For 2013 fashion, opposites attract! A color palette of simple black and white has been seen on the Red Carpet, the runway, and the streets. The black-and-white combo is a trend that everyone can try. The chic, sophisticated nature of the colors is just right for fashion mavens who prefer a classic style. Edgier fashionistas will appreciate how the bold color combo freshens up a traditional ensemble. And, since everything goes with black and white, accessorizing is a breeze! Here are some tips on how to nail this trend.
First, think like a zebra: wear anything with black and white stripes. The stripes can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. Whether thick or thin, look for stripes on a blazer, blouse, sweater, or T-shirt. H&M has a body-hugging striped dress for $49.95, which you can top with a black motorcycle jacket (also $49.95) for a sassy look.If you like to live on the edge, try a white blouse with a pair of black-and-white striped pants! Body Central has a pair with thick vertical stripes for $19.50.
If the bright hues in color-blocked garments made you nervous, take a deep breath and try a black-and-white color-blocked dress or skirt. I found a classy dress at Ann Taylor for $128. Or, pair a silky white blouse with sleek black pants. Forever 21 has a one-piece jumpsuit that combines a white blouse with black pants for $32.80. You can also create a glam look with a pair of white tuxedo pants with a black stripe ($22.80) and a black jeweled-collar chiffon blouse ($22.80), also at Forever 21.
Since black and white are basic colors, now is the time for solid-lovers to try wearing a print! Classic black-and-white polka dots are always in style. Sweeten up your office style with a polka dot blouse ($98) and black pencil skirt ($68) from White House | Black Market. If you already embrace patterns, you will love the cute bows, flowers, and geometric prints that have been spotted on sweaters, tees, pants, and leggings. At the Gap, I found an adorable pair of black pants with a white anchor print on sale for $29.99, which would look fantastic with a classic white tee for $11.99!
Finally, this trend is must-try for accessories. Grab a purse, a two-tone bracelet, or a delightful pair of shoes in black and white. Not only will you be on-trend, these versatile items will also go with the rest of your closet! Charming Charlie has a wide array of handbags and jewelry that showcase the trend. Gap is carrying some fun black oxfords with white polka dots for $49.95.