Alright, I admit – I am a terrible blogger. Well, at least…a very inconsistent blogger. But there is a trend this Spring that has me inspired enough to post! Black and white mixed with a pop…of something. The above look features a BCBG mixed stripe top that I’ve practically been living in for the past month (well, as much as I can get away with it). Despite the old adage that horizontal stripes widen – I just don’t find it to be true. I love me some stripes. And some pattern mixing. This is a subtle way to incorporate both, and the contrasting stripes with the central, darker placket creates it’s own slimming effect. Plus, it has a hi-lo hemline that is long enough in the front AND camouflages my large derriere. *And* it is available from Lord & Taylor right now, which is currently offering 20%.
I’ve worn it with slacks, I’ve worn it with jeans, but my favorite thing to wear it with is a pair of BCBG leggings that I picked up at their outlet a couple of years ago – they’re thicker, and have more of a straight leg than a tapered leg and are super comfy. I don’t believe that the above pair is the exact pair, but they look to be fairly close. I actually don’t own alot of items from BCBG, but the 4-5 pieces that I do own (that, erm, still fit) – I love!
In the above set, I’m pairing it with a black leather bag (I’ve kind of had the Chloe Marcie Satchel on my mind for a while now) and a ridiculously gorgeous, but pricey black leather jacket by Kelly Wearstler (I did find a stray one on sale at my local Neimans, but it wasn’t my size), as I know it is still nippy (if not downright cold) in most parts of the country. There are plenty of lower priced alternatives, including this one from ASOS, a similar one from Zara, a more feminine one from Zara, and this faux moto jacket from Urban.
Just a couple of other casual options. The first, being more Spring-like with some accessories in varying coral tones. The second is a cold weather option, but still bringing in the Spring hues (and flowers). J Crew (and J Crew Factory) really has the market cornered on colorful statement necklaces, but Forever 21 has some great and more reasonably priced alternatives. I’ve also really become a fan of some accessory “auction” pages on Facebook. There are several that offer J Crew like jewelry (and, my favorite – Michael Kors style watches).
Of course this whole black/white/pop has stretched into my work wardrobe, as well.
This look is a great transition one. I could wear these pieces to the office, as well as for a night out or on the weekend. The above dress (yes, again with the stripes. But these have a wonderful slimming effect) is from Bebe, and is sold out. However, Club Monaco has a similar dress, as does Marc by Marc Jacobs.
…And the pop doesn’t have to be a bright color, but I think that gold provides a nice and more subtle “pop,” as well.
…And “black and white” doesn’t have to be a stripe! Also – full disclosure, this set is totally inspired by one of Atlantic-Pacific’s lovely outfits! I did not really buy into the peplum trend, but the one peplum top I have purchased is the Zara jacquard top that A-P is wearing in this outfit, so it is kind of ingrained in my mind ☺.
…And of course – the black and white doesn’t have to be the main focus of the outfit! There are of course so many lovely bright dresses this season (love this hot pink Kate Spade floral number), and some great black and white accessories.