Spring Fashion Trend: Black and White

Winter’s over, so it’s time to stash the black, right? Uh, no—but it is time to change it up for Spring. This season, that means pairing it with blindingly-crisp whites, either as separates or in eye-grabbing patterns. Our favorite ways to keep it fresh? Try these:

~ Florals. Some of us shy away from florals because blooms combined with bright color seems like just a little too much, but don’t skip floral altogether. Instead, choose a floral in black and white—especially one that’s big and bold—to up the sophistication level, like this one from JC Penney, on sale for $53.99.

~ Stripes. Horizontal is hot, but any black and white stripe right now looks clean and fresh for the season. Try a black and white striped tunic top with denim, platform sandals, and a wristful of bangles for an easy going out look.

~ Big Polka Dots. No, we’re not going to add more than one black and white giant polka dot piece to our wardrobe, since the look will be dated before you can say, well, giant polka dot three times fast. But we still think it’s pretty cute—especially in the form of this sleeveless tie-neck top (pictured) from Newport News, on sale for $29.

~ The White Pant. Abandon those old ideas about white pants—you can wear them, we promise. As always, the key is fit—if you’re worried about looking bulky, pick a cut that is clean and close to the body, with a straight leg to give you length—and then pair it with a not-too-long black top that floats slightly away from the body for balance, like this Sailor Top from Charlotte Russe, $17.99.

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  1. koriellis says

    That’s a fabulous top. I have a lot of black and white sandals and pumps, but not tops too much. Polka dots are great!

  2. CaitlinV says

    Oooh, a pair of tight white jeans is the reason I have been doing all these squats and stairmaster all these months! I’m hoping Old Navy will come out with some in their short length.
    On another note, I love black and white as much as the next girl but I have never understood the store White House/Black Market – they only sell black and white things! It just seems so… limited…

  3. SafariSister says

    Hola de Mexico City Fashionistas!

    My name is Jacky Powell, I am an American living and working as a Jewelry Designer here in Mexico City. I have a huge new Black and White Jewelry collection for Spring 2009!!!


    NEW SPRING 2009 “Negro y Blanco” COLLECTION
    Inspired by drawing with a nice soft graphite pencil and design that surrounds me here in Mexico City i’ve created this collection of over 70 designs of one-of-a-kind, limited edition and production pieces incorporating a tactile mix of materials and techniques in the full spectrum from black to white.

    Have a lovely day and dream BIG :]


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