Black and White Fashion: A Classic Go-To

Black and white makes getting dressed so easyI went to a fabulous wedding reception this weekend. It was a second marriage for both the bride and the groom, so they actually held the party after several weeks of honeymooning in Italy. As I sipped a wickedly good Cosmopolitan and watched the sunset, I observed the diverse crowd gathered to celebrate the happy occasion. And I noticed something strange… 16 to 60, almost every woman in attendance was wearing black and white fashion…

And I must admit, so was I!

For this occasion, I chose a cute little polka dot number. I paired it with some amazing 4” wedges that made it hard to walk, but looked fantastic.

After making this discovery, I started to ask the other women there – why black and white? Most had the same answer that I would give myself – “It makes life easy.” And it’s true! Black silk pants and a crisp white Jones New York blouse is one of my favorite “last minute” outfits.

Most of my wardrobe basically falls into three categories: black, white, or a black and white pattern. I occasionally throw in red, blue or maybe yellow for variation, but I find that no matter what the event, I consistently reach for the black and white.

According to Harper’s BAZAAR author Chrissy Rutherford in the article Why Black + White Is Always Right, “The perfection of a high contrast look is hard to put into words, but we know chic when we see it. Wearing black and white head-to-toe has become a BAZAAR standard, as our editor’s acknowledge it’s the easiest formula for a put-together look. Whether it’s a white dress with black accessories, or a white blouse paired with this season’s must-have noir trouser or graphic stripes, it’s hard to mess up this timeless color combination.”

Further, “You don’t have to spend time worrying about what accessories will coordinate since black and white goes with everything from a crimson pout to a leopard-print sandal.”

And, as Karl Lagerfeld once famously said, “black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means.”

Black and White Fashion: A Classic Go-To

Black and White Fashion: A Classic Go-To

Designers from Ralph Lauren to Badgley Mischka must agree that the combination is appealing, because all of my favorite stores are simply filled with black and white for summer. Which is good news for all of those women I met at the wedding – exotic zebra prints, funky polka dots, an even nautical stripes are everywhere!

Oh, and by the way, the bride wore black.


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