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How to: Wear Black and White

Inspiration Jan 30, 2012

In the past I always struggled to wear black and white without feeling like a waitress. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a waitress – in fact my aversion is a side effect of having worked (or rather tried my hardest to do as little as possible) in hospitality while I was at university – with the dress code virtually always being black and white. My memories mostly revolve around being covered in spilt coffee and dropping things the whole time (was a rubbish waitress!).   But funnily enough in the last year or so basic black and white has become a staple in my wardrobe – it’s always such an easy combo. Taking inspiration from some amazing streetstyle – here are some ideas about how to wear it.
Textures – When in doubt I always go for textured fabrics like knits or leather to dress up the outfit.
Proportions – Play with proportions by mixing in mega wide leg trousers or a maxi skirt.
Accessories – Go bright and big with hats, belts, handbags, big collar necklaces or sky high heels (but um, not all at once). A black and white ensemble is the perfect base from which to work bold accessories.
Bright lips – Bright red lippy paired with a black and white ensemble never fails to ground you in french chic territory (rather than waiter territory).
Top to tail – Most people will wear black on the bottom and white on the top – but why not go the opposite?
Classic white shirt – Although the white shirt can be the biggest culprit when it comes to making you look like you work in hospitality – who can go past a classic white silk shirt? And works so well paired with high-waisted trousers. I guess even if you do wind up looking like a waitress, at least you’ll look like great.
Mix it up – If you’re really struggling, pair black and white with dark denim or grey marl.

Images: Mr Newton (inc The Galmourai), Klover Mode, The Sartorialist

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