Style Icons- if I asked you to name a few, I’m sure the usual names would crop up- Alexa Chung, Beyonce, Miranda Kerr aka the worlds’ most beautiful women. Now what if I were to throw in Beetlejuice?! I was confused too before discovering the new trend that’s gearing itself up for SS13- black and white stripes.
Now I’ll be the first to admit I’m dubious about this look. I think I’m going to need to convince myself as well as you lot! For me, wearing black and white together runs a high risk of looking like a) a burglar (SWAG bag accessory optional), b) a human newspaper or c) a safari exhibit…that’s a zebra in case you were unsure. Not too fashion-savvy. But contrary to all this, Marc Jacobs and Moschino were among the designer power houses to use this look in their SS13 shows.
Whether it’s a maxi dress, an evening garment or some rather garish trousers, the celebrities are also embracing the trend. And why wouldn’t they? Exhibitionists at heart, this look will be sure to get them noticed. Gwen Stefani, queen of alternative style shows that black and white can be dressed down for the daytime with a voluminous maxi, whilst serial man-eater Taylor Swift comes over all sweet vs spice with her white and black shift dress.
My tips for perfecting the black and white look without looking like a comedic character are as follows:
1) Avoid horizontally striped black and white trousers unless you have very long and skinny legs- I genuinely think only Cara Delevingne and her fellow model friends could pull these off. I’d love to be proved wrong though!
2)Team with boldly coloured accessories ala Kirsten Dunst for a great sixties feel.
3)Vertical stripes are designed to flatter far more than horizontal.
4) Be confident! This look probably isn’t for you if you don’t like being noticed. Remember that confidence always completes an outfit.
So there’s the low-down on this current monochrome fad. Have my views shifted after this very brief blog post? My answer isn’t black or white but let’s just say I’m prepared to give this look a chance!