Never underestimate the power of a classic. Black and white have been a staple in fashion for decades. International labels and designers such as Celine, Givenchy and Alexander Wang all showed the color scheme in a number of interpretations from elegant to edgy. Many celebrities have opted for black and white on the red carpet and earned best dressed for their famous ensembles. Never dull or boring, they are like a best friend that you can always count on and will always be in style. The colors are safe for every shape, size, height and look. Black especially is wonderful at covering up the flaws we may find unattractive. On their own, black and white are colors that almost everyone look good in.

Collecting monochromatic basics will also set you on your way to building a wardrobe that will withstand the test of time, so you can save your money from unnecessary spending to keep up with trendy fashions that are in then out in a blink of an eye. All you need is a right mix and match.Yes, one of the advantages of wearing black and white is how effortlessly they combine with any theme, patterned or color without going overboard. Go basic and chic with these tips in mind:

  • Pull of your all black outfit by playing with layer and textures. It's always more interesting when you have different materials incorporated in your outfit.
  • Please avoid heavy make up when in black, unless you're going to Halloween party or want to look like Marilyn Manson long-lost twin.
  • Experiment with bright color and patterns for a younger, modern fresh look
  • Shine in your own way with your statement piece. This can be anything from jewelry to a great shoes, or a fabulous unique handbag.
  • To improve your mix and match skill, watch fashion shows and read fashion magazines. Determine your body type to find the style that works best for you. And last but not least, where you go and what you do are major factor in dressing fashionably.
  • Black and white is always in fashion, but use your good style sense to play it up, down, formal, or casual. Are you ready to pack a punch with black & white ensemble?

Written by Arnold Tedja