Bold and beautiful in black & white
Go for bold in dramatic black and white...

Feb 11, 2013 03:34
by Sarah Gooding

Black and white together may be a tried and true fashion trope, but you don’t have to rewrite history to create a dramatic look. Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang showed us how to make black and white both radically retro and ultra modern on the runways. Here’s how to take your look to the next level with high-impact pieces.

These days you have to do something drastic with your dressing to stand out. The style stakes are high and the bar is forever being raised with revamped and recreated street styles. But the rules don’t have to be rewritten in order for you to construct a dramatic new look.

New fashion technologies are booming, with accessories getting seriously scientific (remember Diane von Furstenberg’s 3D Google Glasses)? But you don’t have to break new ground or break the bank to look bold and beautiful.

Taking a tried and true fashion trope and giving it a modern twist can create an exciting and wearable look that will stand out from the masses.

Black and white together is a classic expression of drama, and something as simple as stripes or polka dots in these contrasting shades can transform any closet staple. Case in point: the Breton tee. This ubiquitous use of black and white is basic when worn with capri pants and loafers, but the stripes can be high impact when used to contour a garment.

Any black and white item can be dramatic depending on how the hues are used. In their spring/summer 2013 runway collections, Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs gave black and white a boost with their visions of the style as modern and retro-tinged respectively. Despite seeming to come from opposite points in time, they shared one underlying trait: high impact.

While these high-end designers may be out of reach for many of us, this dramatic dress code can be recreated with designs closer to home.

Intricate and exciting black and white prints from Manning Cartell, Something Else, Shilla and WORLD are solid stepping-stones to a bold style.

But for the ultimate in traffic-stopping, two-toned simplicity, Sass & Bide, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Camilla and Marc and Trelise Cooper have high-contrast offerings for this sartorial statement.


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