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STYLE GURU STYLE: Opposites Attract

A.L.C.’s pre-fall 2015 collection was a monochromatic dream. As someone whose entire wardrobe is comprised of black, white, gray and even more black, I loved the super simple styling and neutral color scheme. Some of my favorite looks contrasted structured black trousers with crisp white feminine blouses; I was immediately inspired to recreate a similar look that would translate to the freezing Wisconsin weather.

If you’re anything like me, during the winter months, there is an entire section of your closet devoted to “summer items.” These pieces are generally ignored for the winter season and only pulled back out when the temperatures start to rise. I normally don’t give this section a second thought when I get dressed from January to March. To recreate an A.L.C.-inspired look, I dug out a couple of my favorite summer items—like my white linen shirt and wide-brim hat—and paired them with some of my winter essentials.

The result was an easy, clean winter look that is both laid back and polished. When I was younger, I mistakenly believed that “no white after Labor Day” was an absolute rule, but winter whites have become a staple of my wardrobe. An oversized white button-up paired with black skinnies and boots strikes the perfect balance.

An all-black and white color scheme provides an excellent opportunity to play up your accessories; if you’re worried that this look might be too dull, simply add a fun necklace or bag. To complete my look, I incorporated my favorite wide-brim hat, black tote and sunglasses. The possibilities are endless when you’ve got a blank canvas.

Get My Look: 1. A black tote. 2. An oversized white button-up. 3. A wide-brim hat.