Nothing indicates the arrival of spring more than the vibrant citrus and candy-colored hues that confront us everywhere, from the produce provided at the local grocery stores to the appearance of the first bloom. However, this season, designers chose to break free from the norm and embrace a simpler palette of black and white. The two were last seen gracing the spring/summer 2013 runways at shows including Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney. Designers revamped the classic palette by using the colors to create geometrically graphic and optical prints.
This week’s Fashionista shows fashion enthusiasts one way in which black-and-white optical prints can be incorporated into a look that is stylish and campus-appropriate. The Fashionista’s bold harem pants can be found here online at Forever 21. For a look that is similar but offers a different print try these black and white tribal harem pants, also sold at Forever 21. When wearing these bold bottoms let the print be the focus of the outfit and pair it with solid colors coupled with boots or strappy sandals. For the ultimate spring day where the sun is radiant and abundant in its glow, try wearing a black and white dress. This Mimi Chica tie-dye dress is perfect for a day at the beach and can easily be taken into any nighttime events when paired with a structured denim or leather jacket. For a look that is more refined try this black and white chevron tank top sold at Urban Outfitters. This top incorporates the black and white graphic trend in a simplistic way, which makes it a great foundation for bolder pieces. Pair this piece with a pair of vibrant skinny jeans to achieve a casual look for the classroom.
Although our parents and professors would often advise against using graphic content in the classroom, you can be rest assured that the incorporation of black and white graphics in your spring wardrobe will not get you sent to the Deans. Experiment with black and white geometrical and graphical prints this spring to create optically appealing outfits.