The Art of Black and White

IMG_3775There’s no other combination that’s cleaner, chicer, more graphic than black and white. However you put it together, it just works. You can dress it up, dress it down. You could probably wear black and white every day of the week and never wear it the same way twice. (Hmmm…possible future blog post?)

As for Art? Black and white makes a powerful statement there too. Yes, the messaging in this streetwise piece is pretty heavy, but I’m glad its creator found his voice.

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IMG_3789IMG_3928IMG_3900IMG_3920IMG_3866This look basically boils down to four versatile pieces that could each be a building block for lots of other looks. The faux leather skirt was just featured in my First Fall Haul post, and I could not wait for it to make its fashion debut. It is going to be in heavy rotation…starting now! The designer tee is pricey but perfect. I recently read that Anna Wintour NEVER tucks her tees into skirts. Good enough for Vogue’s own, good enough for me. And let’s talk accessories. Love love love my new embroidered top handle bag. It actually holds more than you’d think and looks much more expensive than it actually is. And converts to a crossbody! Playful leather slides that combine fringe-y raffia and a comfy block heel are going to make an easy transition from Summer party sandal to Fall statement shoe. (As long as I keep the pedicures up…) All in all, this look required minimal effort and delivered maximum impact. What more could you ask for?

Tee: (Commes Des Garçon Play) (a splurge for sure, also runs small) More affordable options here and here

Skirt: (Zara) also like this, this and this

Bag: (Zara…yes…again) Check this (genius!) and this out too

Shoes: (Madewell, on sale!) Stylish closed-toe versions here (great price!) and here (if you want to go for broke!)

Photos by Chris & MP Allegaert

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