Runway to Real Way: Life in Black & White

Runway to Real Way: Black/White

 

Black and white is one of my all time favorite outfit combinations… there’s something about it that’s oh-so-chic.  Black and white stripes are on the top of my list, but there really are so many ways you can wear this trend, as seen on the Spring 2012 runways.  For our current look I thought I’d throw in a hint of a stripe and mix it up with some other possibilities… 

Athletic chic is one of the top trends for Spring 2012, so what’s better than an amazing pair of side stripe leggings like this style from David Lerner.  The vertical stripe is incredibly flattering and in this case a little bit edgy (the insets are 100% leather).  Pair your leggings with an equally sporty, slightly slouchy racer-back tank, which acts like a great layering piece under a lightweight biker jacket like this investment piece from Karl by Karl Lagerfeld.  Black on bottom with white on top works to slim your lower half, but feel free to switch it up if your top half is where you would like to minimize.  Use this color combo to your advantage and balance out your proportions however necessary! 

Glam up this outfit with a pair of black stilettos – the metal heel style maintains a sleek, sporty vibe while adding a hint of sass.  And as amazing as black and white is, I can’t help but add a pop of color to liven up the look.  Vivid blue is the color of the season and this luxe looking cross-body from Vince Camuto is completely on point.  Throw on some eclectic accessories – how cute are Betsey’s blue bird stud earrings?  They provide a nice contrast to Monki’s mixed metal ring trio.  Finally, top off your look with a killer pair of cat-eyed sunnies – our pick from Jessica Simpson is a steal compared to designer versions.  You’ll be sure to turn heads in this sporty chic ensemble… in fact I can’t wait to wear it myself!    

Luisa LuciaMeet Luisa Lucia! My current (and awesome…) assistant, and now officially a LaurieBstyle contributor! Have a question for her? Want to talk trends? Want to talk style on a budget? Email her! Luisalucia@gmail.com