Trend Alert: Black & White

“What Marc Jacobs began with stripes in New York at the beginning of the season he finished with checks at Louis Vuitton on the last day of the Paris shows.” – Vogue, October 2012

Leave it to one of fashion’s most influential designers to inspire the biggest trend of spring and summer.  This fresh, monochromatic style is fun, easy to wear, and transitions well from day to night.  Try one of these three looks to make it your own:

  • Stripes & Prints

Black on white (or white on black!) patterns are a simple, yet bold statement.  Floral prints, polka dots and chevron stripes have all been given the monochrome makeover.  Asymmetrical inserts on the Dizzy Skater Dress create a slimming effect in spite of horizontal stripes – otherwise vertical patterns will create the most flattering fit.

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  • Solids

Combine plain black or white pieces from your own wardrobe to create stylish new outfits, then accent with color for a modern twist.  Try subtle hints of pastels or neon to freshen up your look.  Cutouts and mixed textures also bring add a breezy vibe to this trend.  My personal favorite?  Nasty Gal’s Exhibition Dress – the perfect mix of sexy edge and summer cool.

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  • Accessories

Shoes, bags and jewelry are the easiest way to try a trend on for size.  Start with an inexpensive cross body or statement necklace to see if a style works for you.

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Love the look?  Upgrade to an investment piece, like a chic handbag or classic dress.

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