12 inspirational ideas for wearing black and white this Summer

Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Balmain SS2015 ready to wear collections
Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Balmain SS2015 ready to wear collections, from www.vogue.co.uk

Can We Lesser mortals wear black and white, without looking like a negative?

First of all, those of you who grew up with digital cameras, probably haven’t got a clue what I mean by a “negative”, but then again, you probably aren’t in the “Lesser Mortal” bracket (age 30-60, less than perfect body, less than full bank account). Black and white may strike you as not being very summery, but it does have the advantage of never dating and working well in the colder months (spring or autumn). It also has the advantage of being very striking, so it works well if you are a complete exhibitionist! (like myself). If worn at a summer wedding, you could well get the award for “best outfit” as everyone else tries to look stylish in pastels and florals.The other thing is, there is masses of black and white out in the shops at the moment. Let me know what you think in the comments box at the bottom- would you wear it or not?

black and white reiss outerwear


  1. 1971 Radzi trench coat £245. Reiss. 100% lyocell. Dry clean only. Sizes XS to L. The belted style and wide lapels, mean this would suit pear shape, hourglass and boyish figures best.
  2. Pisa floral patterned trousers. £120 Reiss. Sizes 6-14. Polyester cotton nylon mix. Machine washable. Be aware they will look a bit longer on you, as the model in the photo is 5’10”!! The loud pattern means this will suit boyish and top heavy ladies best.
  3. Stripe textured blazer £79.99  Zara. Sizes XS to XL. Polyester viscose elastane mix. Dry clean only. These kinds of jacket are easy to sling on with jeans. The stripe pattern would suit top heavy ladies, apples shapes and boyish figures.

black and white floral skirts

  1. Floral pleat printed skirt £39.99. Zara. Size XS to L. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. If you carry any weight over your tummy, avoid this, as the pleats around the front, will make you look bigger. However, if you have a flattish tummy, even some slight pear shapes can wear this, as well as top heavy and boyish figures.
  2. Mono floral cropped top £25 and skirt £32 Next. Sizes 6-22. 100%polyester. I do like a nice matching skirt and top – 3 for the price on 1, when worn as separates. This probably suits boyish figures best.
  3. Striped sarong skirt £39.99 and top £29.99 Zara. Sizes XS to L. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. This is really striking, and the diagonal stripes on the skirt, will make  legs look slimmer, with the top making your top half look wider. So worn together this will suit pear shapes, and boyish, but just worn on its own, the skirt may help slim down slight apple shapes.

black and white dresses


  1. Anna dress. £79. Phase eight. Size 8-20. Viscose elastane. Machine washable. This has a tiny white palm tree print on it. It has flattering rushing around the waist, and a generous V neck, so this would suit hour glass and large chested ladies best.
  2. Mira print Layer Jumpsuit. £129. Mint velvet. Size 8-16. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. This comes with a short sleeved gauzy cover up crop top, for evenings or for modesty!! This will suit most body shapes – belt it in if hourglass, boyish or apple shaped. Wear with the top, if pear shaped, and for top heavy, you’ll need some good bra support.
  3. Celina check dress £79. Phase eight. Size 6-20. Viscose elastane. Machine washable.  The waist gathering will flatter an hourglass best, but it may also work for boyish figures too.

black and white accessoires

  1. Monochrome striped tote bag. £49.50. Marks and Spencers. 100% polyurethane. Although it’s not leather, it is a very striking bag, for work and weekends.
  2. Top with bow £29.99. Zara. Size XS to L. 100% viscose. Machine washable. The vertical stripes will help slim down a broad top half, so will suit some apple shapes and broad shouldered ladies, as well as boyish shapes.
  3. Buckle wedge sandals £39.95 Gap Sizes 4-8. Available in blue floral, grey marl and cream canvas, as well as tan and black leather. As they are a wedge, they aren’t too high and they look adjustable over the toe. Avoid if petite or short legs.

 I hope this has given you some food for thought. Do you like the new way of showing the outfits, or do you prefer the old way? Put a comment down and let me know which you liked/didn’t like and whether you would wear or not. If you’re not sure whether you can wear black and white, and want to get your colour analysis done, you can contact me through my web site by clicking here.

Further reading:

Get bold in black and white:whowhatwear

31 ways to wear black and white: Faux pas.

monochrome fashion trend: Just the design

The thing about stripes and tops: fashiontag

How to wear black and white stripes: natalieast


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