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Vive la contrast

Vive la contrast: Successful dressing formula


Dramatic and chic are two words for the black and white aesthetic. If you want an easy yet successful dressing formula, this is it.

 

Vive la contrast

 

However, colour theorists and stylists might add a note of caution. First, make sure your colouring suits black and white. You might look ideal alongside soft off-whites or cream, but become very wan in the presence of whiter-than-white. Or you might once have suited black, but not these days, at least not near your face. Grey, silver and creamier-whites might be the flattering version. Trust the mirror’s take on it.

Street style fashion shots plus current window displays are featuring black and white combos plus a single bright or a single pastel. If you want to wear your bright red and white patterned pants and white sneakers with a black-and-white striped shirt, go for it. Pattern clash equals sass – in a good way.

 

Black and white are the basis for a whole heap of great outcomes

 

Large prints (largely floral this season) featuring black and dusky pink, or black and turmeric are another current piece of sartorial goodness. There are exceedingly pretty options in the shops right now. If sticking to just black and white, why not do it in style with extravagant detailing like ruffle sleeves, a sequinned scene, or broderie anglaise milk-maid styling?

Or introduce wow-factor with fancy footwear like a see-through or crystal-encrusted heel. Try the outfit with a belt. Experiment with narrow and wide cinching, and vary your shoe height and style to alter the look comprehensively.
More might be more, one day; less might be more, the next. Ring the changes, because black and white are the basis for a whole heap of great outcomes!

 



 

MISSGUIDED CHECK CROP SHIRT

Checkmate: Checking out the checked prints for this season

If you’ve been ‘checking out’ Metropol – see what we did there? – for the latest looks of 2018, then we’ve got you covered because checked prints have been winning hearts all across the world, while plaids and tartans have also made the cut this sartorial season.

This is one look which will have you putting your hand up and calling ‘checks please’ and not because you want the bill!
The true beauty of these pieces is that it takes little persuasion for them to make their way from high-end to high street, integrating into the wardrobes of the masses with stylish ease.
Shining through from the fashion weeks of New York, London, Milan and Paris, the checked print has put our early-adopter radar into overdrive.
If you’ve checked out some of the recent fashion shows, you’ll see no garment has been left untouched, with the big names in fashion rocking out the checked trench coats, skirts and pants; Burberry took it one step further with a tartan stiletto x sock combo!
So check out our mood board of inspiration – puns always intended!

 

GENERAL PANTS COMPANY APRON
GENERAL PANTS COMPANY APRON
MISSGUIDED CHECK CROP SHIRT
MISSGUIDED CHECK CROP SHIRT
T.M.LEWIN SCARF
T.M.LEWIN SCARF
COTTON ON CHECK PANT
COTTON ON CHECK PANT
MLM HOUNDSTOOTH BLAZER
MLM HOUNDSTOOTH BLAZER
Mad for Monochrome

Mad for Monochrome: A fashion love affair with black and white

The perfect partnership, black and white are a sartorial staple, offering a stylish selection to suit almost any season. It’s a dichotomy that doesn’t date, after all, black and white is always right.

Mad for Monochrome
The perfect partnership, black and white are a sartorial staple, offering a stylish selection to suit almost any season. It’s a dichotomy that doesn’t date, after all, black and white is always right.
BLACK LEATHER BELT
The perfect finishing touch for a polished aesthetic. BLACK LEATHER BELT. www.villageleathercraft.com
INLACE DRESS
Monochrome makes an unforgettable impression in this elegant piece. INLACE DRESS, MADE IN STORE IN NZ. www.ingridbrook.nz
ACNE STUDIOS MUSUBI BAG
Small in size but super sassy in personality. ACNE STUDIOS MUSUBI BAG. www.workshop.co.nz
WHITE JASMINE BLOUSE AND SILVER FOUR CORNERS NECKLACE
Channel an effortlessly chic aesthetic that transitions from day to night. WHITE JASMINE BLOUSE AND SILVER FOUR CORNERS NECKLACE. PROUDLY NZ MADE. www.bettiemonroe.co.nz
KATIE DRESS IN PENCIL SKETCH
Black and white work in perfect harmony in this darling dress. KATIE DRESS IN PENCIL SKETCH. www.smithandboston.co.nz
ACNE STUDIOS TINNE LACE UP BOOT
Bless your feet with these fashion powerhouses. ACNE STUDIOS TINNE LACE UP BOOT. www.workshop.co.nz
FREYA MAKING WAVES BIKINI
Make a sophisticated statement in this striking print. FREYA MAKING WAVES BIKINI. TOP, 8-14 DD-G AND BRIEF, 8-16. www.thefittingroom.co.nz