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Spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Black & White


Black and white on spring 2013 runways
Black and white looks from Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Moschino and Lela Rose Spring 2013 RTW | ELLE

After being featured on multiple runways (from Alexander Wang to Michael Kors), head-to-toe black and white is slated to be a huge trend for Spring 2013.

Although the idea may seem a bit banal, rest assured that this season’s high-contrast looks are anything but boring. In fact, we’re here to show you how to pair white and black this season to create eye-catching looks with a distinct, fashion-forward aesthetic. Read on to learn more:

Get the Look: Black & White Finds Under $50

Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of our fave black and white finds in stores now. The best part? Each item costs less than $50!

Black and white clothes and accessories under $50
Product Info: Pants- Forever 21, Striped Top- Mango, Blazer- Dorothy Perkins, Dress- Dorothy Perkins, Crop Top- Topshop, Coat-, Scarf- ModCloth, Earrings- Betsey Johnson, Shoes- Target, Bag- White House | Black Market

Outfit Ideas

Need some outfit inspiration before you rock this trend? Just scroll down to check out four stylish ways to wear black and white:

Outfit #1: Keep it Simple

The absolute easiest way to wear this trend is to use the black and white wardrobe staples you already own. Pairing a white tee with a black pencil skirt or accessorizing a white dress with black pumps and a matching clutch are sleek, simple, and surefire ways to stay on-trend this season.

For this look, pair a basic LBD with a white moto-style jacket for a comfy and cute outfit. Add a pair of black tights to streamline the look, then pull on some stylish, Kate Middleton-esque suede boots. Add some sparkle by accessorizing with a set of gold bangles.

Black and white outfit 4
Product Info: Dress- Dorthy Perkins, Jacket- Kohl’s, Tights- Topshop, Bracelets- Forever 21, Shoes- Macy’s

Outfit #2: Play with Texture

If you’re ready to move beyond your everyday wardrobe, try incorporating several different textures into one cohesive black-and-white look. Mixing sequins with leather or tweed with lace not only adds visual interest, but also creates a very on-trend look.

In the outfit below, we’ve paired a lace paneled blouse with leather-like coated jeans for a classic look with an edgy twist. Sculptural pointy-toed pumps add interest, as does the black-and-white printed clutch. Accessorize with a few simple rings to complete this look.

Black and white outfit- lace panel top, coated jeans, printed clutch
Product Info: Top- Kohl’s, Jeans- Mango, Rings- Guess, Bag- Dorothy Perkins, Shoes- Forever 21

Outfit #3: Try Something Colorblocked

If you’re a minimalist when it comes to style, then you’re going to love all the black-and-white colorblocked pieces cropping up in stores this season. These understated, yet chic clothes and accessories will give any outfit an ultra-modern aesthetic.

Create a winter-appropriate look by pairing this sleek, colorblocked frock with a feminine collared coat. Opaque black tights add warmth, while these chain-adorned, studded booties lend a fashion-forward vibe. For the finishing touch, accessorize with a white stone statement necklace.

Black and white outfit- colorblocked dress, white stone necklace, black ankle booties
Product Info: Dress- ModCloth, Coat- Forever 21, Tights- Miss Selfridge, Necklace- Nordstrom, Shoes- YesStyle

Outfit #4: Go Graphic

Feeling bold? Go all out this season by incorporating several black-and-white printed pieces into one look. Whether you opt for a classic florals or cool abstract prints, these neutral-colored graphics are sure to be noticed.

In the look below, we’ve paired two different printed pieces to create a casual, yet ├╝ber-stylish outfit. Start by mixing a simple black sweater with a pair of bold, checked trousers. Next, add these black-and-white oxford-style flats for a hint of menswear inspiration. Grab a cute, polka-dotted cross-body bag, then finish the outfit with stud earrings and a long gold necklace.

Black and white outfit- checked pants, black sweater, polka dot bag
Product Info: Earrings- Kate Spade, Sweater- H&M, Necklace- Stella & Dot, Pants- Topshop, Shoes- ASOS, Bag- Target

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this trend? Will you be wearing black and white this spring? Which outfit is your favorite? How would you wear this trend? As always, remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Posted on on January 27, 2013 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , ,

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25 Responses to “Spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Black & White”

  1. 1
    January 27th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Looks like I’ll be on trend for a season. Black and white is the majority of what I wear. I like to mix patterns in black and white. It’s a lot easier to do when you only have two colors to work with.

  2. 2
    January 27th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Love the dres from D. Perkins, a great layering piece, seasonless. Great post =)

  3. 3
    January 27th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I noticed a lot of black and white items at Kohl’s the other day and wondered if it was a new trend – thanks for confirming it! Like Sarah, most of my wardrobe is black and white already, so I’m really happy. :D

  4. 4
    January 27th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Looks like I’ll ACTUALLY be participating in a trend this year! Woohoo!

  5. 5
    January 27th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    YAY! :) Black and white is my favorite, and always has been.

  6. 6
    January 27th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Love black and white, so classic. Great ideas.

  7. 7
    January 27th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Love this trend, so classy. The outfits are great!

  8. 8
    January 27th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    great post as usual. very practical.

  9. 9
    January 28th, 2013 at 2:29 am

    The second outfit is something I would totally wear <3

  10. 10
    January 29th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Nice Post.. I like these spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Black & White

  11. 11
    February 3rd, 2013 at 5:01 am

    BLACK and WHITE is eternal, never boring, never fading, always amazing.

  12. 12
    March 8th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    the damask print dress on the top pic would look fab with a black obi belt

  13. 13
    March 13th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    cool, love the THE art of contrast trend, love the black and white prints, love the outfit design…….

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