TREND: Black and White Hot

Is there a better way to start the New Year than with a fresh take on classic black and white? A monochromatic look is right for any occasion and always looks chic.

Take a cue from Chanel, the company that pioneered Coco’s “little black dress” in 1926. Thanks to head designer Karl Lagerfeld (who has made the black-and-white suit his own signature), this classic pair ruled the runway at the spring 2011 ready-to-wear show.

This Fashionista perfectly exemplifies this wearable trend. Her contrasting pieces are sophisticated, balanced and well-styled. The white blouse, black blazer and knee-high boots from this classy look are three key items every Fashionista should have in her closet. Each is a refined basic that will complement any outfit with which it is worn. Stitch detailing on her leggings and riding boots are subtle nods to the equestrian-inspired trend that completes this look. A cross-body bag is equal parts fashion and function. Try this bag and breeze through your day without the burden of a heavy tote. Don’t worry about matching the metallic hardware on your boots and bag: black and white can always use some extra sparkle! 

Hint: Give these classic colors an edge by accessorizing with a cool, menswear-inspired watch. Try the designs by Michael Kors or a similar style to complete your look. A neutral watch (like silver) is worth the investment – this trend shows no signs of slowing down. 

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