Graphic Black and White
If you know me at all, you know my love for color. Color makes me happy!
But even I can acknowledge there is a place for classic black and white pieces in a wardrobe. This season, the timeless combination has taken on a decidedly more graphic and modern look. (In fact, you might remember me donning this graphic black and white dress recently here.)
Here are three tips for making the look work for you.
1. Vary the print.
If you are mixing multiple graphic prints, be sure to vary those prints. That variation could be pairing different prints, like polka dots and stripes. Or it could be varying the scale of the pattern you choose.
Here, I chose to focus on black and white stripes. I liked the fact that this top actually employed two different scales of stripes – one on the bodice, and one on the sleeves. Taking it a step further, I added the black and white striped purse, giving my look three different sizes of black and white stripes.
2. Have a single solid.
It is important to have at least one solid piece in your look. Otherwise, you risk getting lost in a sea of prints. My solid selection was simply my white skinny jeans. They served to break up all the other patterns going on with the look.
3. Add a pop of color.
You know I had to go there! While I chose to throw in a bit of color with my shoes, your pop of color could be as simple as a bold lipstick or bright nail polish. That pop of color with add a level of depth and interest to the look.
Keep reading to shop my look, plus a selection of our top picks for graphic black and white pieces this season…
Shop My Look
Rebecca Minkoff striped top (here) | JBrand white skinny jeans (here) | Aquazzura sandals (here and here) | 3.1 Phillip Lim bag (here) | Valentino rockstud bracelet (similar here) | Madewell necklace (similar here) | Karen Walker sunglasses (here) | Nars jungle red lipstick (here) | Deborah Lippmann nail polish (here)
Shop Graphic Black and White Pieces
There is something comforting about the simplicity of black and white, especially when it is displayed in orderly patterns like stripes and grids and such. Do you enjoy wearing black and white? Will you be spicing up the traditional combo with some of these prints this season? Let me know your thoughts! Have a great week.
Photography by Ashley Cardoza