Black, White, & POP!

Mixed Stripe

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.

That leaves…the pop. As this is a more casual outfit, why not go all out with some neon yellow heels (and that bright Essie blue)? Pink or Red could be fun (and more versatile) too.

Black & White Spring



Zara dress / DV by Dolce Vita flat shoes / T-strap shoes / Rebecca Minkoff satchel (on sale at Zappos for $298.00) / FOSSIL silicon watch / J.Crew j crew jewelry / Forever 21

Winter Black & White



Zara dress / Zara zip jacket / Enzo Angiolini low heels / Golden Goose leather boots / Diane von Furstenberg leather clutch / Stone necklace / BaubleBar metal cuff bracelet

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.

Waist Cinching Stripe


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.

Black, white & gold



Petite top / Shell top / Petite jacket / Ponte skirt / J.Crew high heel shoes / Jérôme Dreyfuss cross body handbag / MICHAEL Michael Kors bracelet watch

…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.

Black & White Floral



Zara peplum top / Pencil skirt / Pencil skirt / Rebecca Minkoff handbag / J.Crew j crew / J.Crew j crew / BaubleBar jewelry / ASOS

…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 ☺.

Bright



Zara two tone dress / Alice + Olivia / Brightblock Shift / Vic Matié wide shoes / Alice + Olivia striped shoes / Oryany leather tote / Zara shopping tote bag / La Mer

…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.

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One Response to Black, White, & POP!

  1. le borse di questi look sono stupende.
    Passa sul mio blog, c’è un nuovo post. Seguimi se ti piace, mi farebbe piacere.
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