How To Turn Basic Into Bold: Black + White Edition
“I have so much to wear! - said no woman, ever.
Chances are, at least a third of your wardrobe is some variation of black & white. While it may be the most sophisticated of color schemes, it can easily fall into the category of playing-it-safe, which is a major cause in the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome.
This week I decided to pull out a few of my favorite everyday pieces and put together a quick and easy guide for turning basic black & white into a bold new look.
Tip #1: Mix it up
Print pairing is much easier than you think, and there’s little room to fail when you’re working with black and white. The goal is to find a balance between prints and our rule of thumb is to mix one large or bold print with a smaller ditsy print. For example, a large stripe or color block would look best with a smaller stripe or polka dot. (See more examples in our free printable mood board below)
Tip #2: Weigh in
Play around with different fabric weights and texture. Pair a lightweight cotton blouse with a heavier weight textured pant or an overly structured blouse with a sheer flowy skirt. This creates a more dramatic contrast between black and white solids for a look that is oh-so-chic.
Tip #3: Add Metallic
If you’re not into mixing prints and just want to quickly polish up your monochrome look, add a metallic accessory or jacket. Some of our favorites this season are oversized metallic clutches, hammered satin bomber jackets, and metallic ankle boots.
Bonus Tip: If you have light or olive skin tone, wear something black to separate your face from a white or light colored blouse to avoid looking washed out. It can be a scarf, chunky necklace, or a color block top like this one.
Want more inspiration? Click here to receive our free printable mood board created by our in-house designer, Sarah.