“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Coco Chanel built her entire brand on the absence of color and it is gorgeous! There is something so simplistic and elegant about the black and white combination that she completely embraced in her styles. We can all emulate her fabulous look.
I recently attended a Photo Walk with FAB Latinos at The Orange Show/Smither Park. I had seen the gorgeous mosaics that filled the park and I immediately knew I wanted to wear black and white. When you wear black and white you don’t have to follow some of the traditional rules of fashion and here’s why!
3 RULES OF FASHION TO BREAK WITH BLACK AND WHITE
1. Don’t wear the lighter color on the bottom.
Wearing a darker color on the bottom can have a slimming effect but you can achieve the same result with wearing black on the top. The trick is to make sure the length of the shirt is past your waistline. This will still give you great lines and not accentuate your bottom half.
2. Don’t wear horizontal stripes if you’re not a size 2.
I struggle with this one a lot because I love stripes and most them are horizontal. Maybe it is easier to cut horizontal stripes and not vertical, who knows? The trick to wearing them is to break up the stripes with color or use an accent piece like a vest. This will help with reducing the lines the eye sees in the horizontal direction.
3. Don’t mix too many patterns.
The beauty of black and white is that it does provide a blank canvas and can be combined with many different patterns and not look too busy. The trick to this is to keep most of the patterns black and white and add one colorful piece.
Black and white is an easy wardrobe combo for any season, don’t let the Labor Day rule get to you! Chanel had such an art about combining these two and so can you. What is your favorite black and white ensemble?