Spring 2013 has given life to a myriad of diverse editorial and street style-worthy collections. With sculpted swirls at Balenciaga, sharp slices at Alexander Wang and thick, bold stripes at Marc Jacobs, the collections were worlds apart. Conversely, there is one common thread connecting the three: their stripped down, muted color palette. Whereas spring usually brings about a range of brights and pastels, these designers chose to revert back to a classic black and white combination.
Although the designs are striking as they come stomping down the runway, the streets of a college campus may be a different story. Today’s Fashionista, Sara, shows UCF how to rework the runway looks into a real-life version perfect for a day of classes. The trick is to balance out the lack of color with pieces heavy on style to create a timeless outfit with daring accents. Case in point: the polka-dot peter pan collar, which heightens her delicate white blouse. This Fashionista pairs her top with high-waisted, curve-hugging black shorts that pay homage to decades past. She carries hints of this retro flair on through her sunglasses and cross-body bag. Lace-up ankle boots with a slight heel complete her black and white look.
For your own take on the look, begin with sister jane’s Faux Leather Collar Blouse detailed with a spike chain. Then, tuck the blouse into NASTY GAL’s Scalloped Trim Shorts and finish off with Miista’s White Toe Cap Platform Boots from Pixie Market. Both have a black base and white elements that help drive the color scheme home.