10.02.2012

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

     Have you tried the season's most wearable color combo yet? I'm talking about the black and white trend that has color blocked, mixed print, graphic print and paneled incarnations manifesting on celebrities and runways galore. Black and white has been one of my favorite color combos for as long as I can remember wanting to be stylish (it all started when I was about 5 years old...). Here's why I love it, and here's why you should too:

Stylist: Jen Gonzalez. Photographer: Jesse Meadows. Model: Grace Munoz. Make-up: The Make-up Agency. Dress: Fashion Addict. Accessories & Shoes are stylist's own.
     It's timeless. The pilgrims, Coco Chanel, James Bond, Michael Jackson...there's a reason all these people with seemingly nothing in common lived in it: It never gets old. Fine, maybe the pilgrims didn't admit they cared about fashion; but I like to think it was an unspoken consideration. I mean, you tell me: wide belts, buckled shoes, chic white collars and cuffs, hello?? You can bet any black and white pieces you invest in will always be in style.
 

 From left: Scarlett Johansson in Preen via Glamour. Models in DVF via Glamour. Marc Jacobs Spring '13 Runway via Glamour. Emma Stone in Fendi via Glamour

     It's insta-chic. No other color-combo can offer the immediate elegance that black and white guarantees. Think about it. White button-down and pencil skirt? Chic. White t-shirt and black jeans? Chic. Black and white dress, suit or coat? Chic, chic, chic. In all of these examples, all you need is a long string of pearls and black pumps, and you're sure to impress every time.

Stylist: Jen Gonzalez. Photographer: Jesse Meadows. Model: Grace Munoz. Hair & Make-up: Zinthia Garcia. Top & Skirt: Goldie Store: 1570 Washington Avenue Miami Beach or 3092 Fuller Street Coconut Grove. Accessories & Shoes are stylist's own.

     It's idiot-proof. Ah, black and white's crowning quality--you can't do it wrong!
If you're feeling trepidatious about certain trends, stick with a mostly black and white ensemble and watch how well they work. Mixed prints, graphic prints, pop-of-color, tuxedo stripes, etc. are all easy to pull off when the palette is a no brainer.
 
     Another added bonus about black and white? It works just as well in your home for all the same reasons. So now that I've sold you on needing to try your hand at this trend in all it's glorious forms, I've gone ahead and curated some selections for ya, chosen for their versatility, insta-chic factor, ease and price:

1. Z Gallerie Pillow, $70. 2. Essie Nail Polish in Blanc & Licorice, both $8 ea. 3. Z Gallerie Vase $70 & Sasaki by Mikasa Vase $25. 4. Joseph Sweater, $165. 5. Amrita Singh Cuff, $80. 6. Asos Heeled Slipper, $66. 7. Aqua Jeans, $68. 8. White House Black Market Clutch, $68.
 
#1 & #3 Anything black and white makes your humble abode immediately less so. Go ahead and throw any of these in any room of your home. They'll match with everything!
 
#2 Get into bold nail trends in the easiest way possible: the reverse french with a white base and black tip. Feeling brave? Try this.
 
#4 You'll wear this sweater all season long. Casual day: wear with skinny jeans, a fedora, and booties. Wear to work: try it with a skinny belt, pencil skirt and a pop-of-color collared shirt. Date night (outdoor dining, obvs): leather leggings, pointy toe pumps and kiss-me-now red lips.
 
#7 This your new go-to skinny jean. Wear with graphic print sweaters, rocker-chic tees, or even a buffalo plaid button down. How ever you choose to wear it, this pant is your ticket to edgy made easy.
 
#5, #6 & #8 Wanna dip your toes in the pool, but not jump in? That's okay. These make the trend easy to wear with just about anything you already own. 
 
Need help using black and white to try this seasons trends? Comment with your style dilemma below for some free tips!

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