Do you see things in black and white? When it comes to fashion, I do! Every time I go shopping, it seems like I come home with either something black or white.
So two things I discovered about wearing black & white:
…It never fails to give a crisp and polished look…
…and, adding a colorful accessory adds a pop to this classic style!
So let’s start with blouses and tops. If you are like me, you can’t own enough black or white tops. My favorite is a blousy top with flowy sleeves. If the sleeves have an elastic band at the cuff, that’s even better. That way, I can push the sleeves up, and if not, I usually roll the sleeves up. Off the shoulder tops are a great option and the perfect complement to a pair of skinny jeans. One of my go-to blouses is a black flowy blouse that goes with everything.
I add my signature style by tying it at the waist. Here’s a little style tip: I often will purchase a blouse one or two sizes larger to give me the flowy look I adore.
For a cool vacation style, think about going all black and white. This will make packing so much easier. From a black and white embroidered bohemian inspired dress to a pair of striped cargo pants worn with a white crop top, you will take your vacay style to the next level. And don’t forget to pack a black and white bathing suit, cover-up, and beach bag. Trust me, you will look fabulous….even in Monte Carlo in your chic b&w wardrobe!
Do you like to make a fashion statement? Then think about adding a bold accessory to your black and white ensemble. A fun summer look is a black and white off the shoulder top or dress worn with huge statement earrings! For a pop of color, you can’t go wrong with a fabulous pair of red fringed drops from Anthropologie. My favorite accessory piece for summer is a tassel earring in any color. This will add a pop to your black and white ensemble.
A black and white striped, checked, or polka dot dress will take you to just about any summer event you plan to attend. From sundresses to cute skirts, we have so many for you to look at on our Pinterest board. The black and white ruffle dress from the Kate Spade 2017 Pre-Fall collection would be perfect for a summer party. They pair it with a red handbag and red shoes which gives it the extra wow-factor! And for a fresh office style, consider a white tailored button-down blouse worn with a black and white striped skirt. And an updated black and white pants outfit will transition from the office to drinks after work! Make it work girl!
Do you have a dressy cocktail party to attend this summer? If so, think about wearing a black and white jumpsuit or party pants. Really….how fabulous does that sound? Think about complementing a solid color dress with a pair of black and white heels….such a great way to add class to your style.
So, here’s the deal….the next time someone says to you, “you just see things in black and white,” be sure to say…“thank you!” Because sometimes being a fashionista means taking a stand.
Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation. Contact Holley at [email protected].