In the ever-evolving world of fashion, even “timeless” classic looks can go in and out of style. Of the hundreds of shows in dozens of cities, one trend stood out above the rest for this upcoming season – the classic black and white look dominated the runways for Spring 2013.

In a season that’s usually known for its bright coloring, does black and white sound a bit banal? We can assure you that this season’s bold, high contrast looks are certainly not boring, and that black and white stripes are looking to be one of 2013’s hottest trends.

The good news is that you probably already have at least a few black and white pieces in your closet. But to kick things up a notch, here are some simple outfit ideas and sleek, updated pieces to help you get in on 2013’s two tone takeover.

Outfit Idea #1 – Use Existing Wardrobe Staples

The simplest (and most affordable) way to get in on the black and white trend is to mix and match your existing black and white clothing, black and white handbags, shoes, and jewelry. Pair a plain white blouse with a black pencil skirt or match black pumps and a black clutch with a white dress. You can also pair up black tights with your favorite white jacket – try adding some black suede boots to complete the outfit.

You can also use accessories to achieve a modern two toned look – for example, a white sheath can go well with black sandals, a black clutch and a skinny black belt. Use some experimentation and a little creativity to put together that perfect black and white outfit from your existing wardrobe.

Outfit Idea #2 – Experiment With Classic Textures

Bold stripes dominated the runways, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with more texture in your own black and white outfits. Aim to incorporate a number of different textures to create your black and white look. Here’s an example outfit to give you some ideas:

Lace paneled blouse

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Leather coated super slim jeans

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Black Two Toned Printed Clutch

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Black Pointed Toe Court Shoes

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This pointed toe shoe can be a part of your collection.

Striped Pieces

Here are some trendy two toned striped pieces that you can use to spice up your current wardrobe.

Theory’s Tollie Evlan Striped Top ($265)

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This horizontal striped top will keep you looking trendy throughout the year. As the weather gets warmer, just wrap it around your waist or throw it over your shoulders.

Marc Jacobs Large-Stripe Satin Gabardine Skirt


This cute Marc Jacobs skirt features bold horizontal black and white stripes. The inverted pleats and low hemline make it look very feminine. Wear it with black heels and a white blouse for that classic retro look.

Paige denim Hoxton Striped Skinny Jeans ($139)

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If you prefer pants over skirts, then you might like these striped skinny jeans made of lightweight stretched denim. You can dress them up by wearing them with heels, or go for the casual look by pairing them with flats.

Dolce & Gabbana Striped Cotton Poplin Dress ($1,125)

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At $1,125, this two-toned Dolce & Gabbana isn’t cheap, but it will certainly be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. Wear them with black pumps and try cinching with a red belt if you’re looking for a bit of color.

Alice + Olivia Cady Cuff Shorts ($165)

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When summer rolls around, this chic pair of shorts will look great with a white top, black sunglasses, and a pair of black sandals. While you’re waiting for the sun to start shinning, they can also look great over a pair of black tights and black patent boots for the colder months.

As always, the key to finding the right look is experimentation. When it comes to black and white pairings, you’re only limited by your own imagination and creativity – there are virtually unlimited ways you can craft eye-catching looks and a fashion forward aesthetic for 2013.

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