Black and white fashion has an extraordinary ability to defy time. This classy trend has a place in almost every genera of fashion, from business wear to swimwear, and everything in between. The chic contrast has been seen all over the runways of 2012, by designers like Diana von Furstenberg, Lela Rose, Derek Lam and DKNY.  The sophisticated style had been splashed all over dresses, skirts and pants in vivid and eye catching patterns.  This sleek go-to combo has been refreshed this year by the addition, of gold accents, lux patterns and interesting cuts, proving that the black and white look is far from boring.

For a fun and fresh black and white look, try pairing a black romper with a white blazer. This look is sharp and polished while still being youthful.  Add a black fedora and a long pearl bobble necklace to finish off your look.  For a more business appropriate outfit, try a high waist black tweed skirt, with a white billow sleeved bow blouse.  This look is ultra-chic, as well as, modest enough for the office environment.  Try adding cat eyed sunglasses and a large face watch to liven up the look.

Try The Trend Tips

Ready to master this monochromatic trend, well here are a few tips to help you along the way.

Embrace the androgynous nature of black and white. Since the androgynous trend is in right now, why not attempt a unisexual black and white look. Pair a structured white jacket or trench with velvet black pants.  This look is still feminine but with masculine sensibilities.

Try black and white swimwear, since black is always a slimming color it plays naturally into beach and swimwear. Try a black one piece suit with a wide white belt to cinch your waist.

Don’t forget the accent color; if you like you can add gold to your black and white ensemble for a modern baroque feel. Try wearing a white tea length dress with a black and gold baroque inspired jacket or trench.