Celebrity Trend Alert: How to Wear Graphic Black and White
Simple and striking, there’s no colour combination more timeless than black and white. Lately we’ve seen a surge of the universally flattering palette pop up on our favourite celebrity style stars, but this time with modern geometric patterns. From polka dots to houndstooth and stripes, celebrities look effortlessly cool with a graphic splash of monochromatic magic. Subtle yet bright, it’s the perfect transitional palette to take you from winter to spring. Learn how to mix monochromatic prints and incorporate the trend into your wardrobe rotation--because just like the movies, sometimes fashion is better in black and white.
The always-stylish Diane Kruger is channelling '50s glamour with winged liner, a black trench and checkered sweater. Polished with a punch, her outfit is the perfect example of how to incorporate the black-and-white trend into your work wardrobe while remaining professional and having fun with fashion, too.
Thanks to Miranda Kerr, our favourite new update to the little black dress is a beautiful boost of white, no accessories required. Dazzling in a beautiful Bond girl-inspired gown, her beauty is timeless thanks to classic black and white. So next time you need a stylish take on traditional black tie, rely on these two chic shades.
All hail master print-mixer Jessica Alba for her amazing talent at pairing patterns. It’s a wonder she doesn’t look like an eyesore, but we know her stylish secret. She relied on a palette of black and white to keep the look streamlined. Follow her lead and pair patterned pieces in black and white and it’s only a matter of time before you’re hailed a queen of style, too.
We’re dizzy with delight at Olivia Palermo’s geometric ensemble. At the Tibi fashion show during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, she paired a lattice sweater with graphic side-striped pants for a look that’s all-over architectural. A feminine, detailed shoe perfectly offsets the outfit’s robust patterns. Get this look by pairing a printed sweater with bold graphic pants in the same shade-exclusive palette.
Closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? On those uninspiring days, rely on classic black and white to keep you looking stylish. Coco Rocha looks straight out of the pages of a magazine in a simple three-piece outfit of white pants, a graphic blouse and black booties. Sound familiar? It’s the same idea as jeans and a blouse, but looks infinitely more stylish and striking thanks to the eye-popping colour palette. Purchase clothes in versatile black and white and you’ll never have trouble finding something to wear.
A glowing Kerry Washington looks positively perfect in this flattering white-printed frock. The dress’s subtle black botanical print tones down the bright white for a baby-belly approved slimming effect. This muted rendition of graphic black and white is the perfect way for pregnant women to rock the trend.
Alexa Chung looks fashion-week-ready at the Marc Jacobs fall 2014 show thanks to red lips and a psychedelic pop of monochromatic pattern. So simple, yet so fashion forward, her fierce ensemble proves that perhaps it’s not a punch of colour that makes you stand out in a crowd, but a lack thereof. Get the classy yet edgy look by pairing a printed black and white sweater with a pencil skirt, sexy heels and killer confidence.
There’s no palette more perfect for polka dots than black and white. The neutral palette keeps the pattern from feeling too cutesy or too busy, instead helping to achieve a sexy-sweet look that’s simply irresistible. When rocking this notice-me pattern, keep your hair and makeup simple and accessories sparse like Zooey Deschanel did to avoid a look that’s too over the top.