Trending Black and White

Any analysis of spring ’13 will find the reemergence of a black and white color schemes. After seasons of moody neutrals, this may be disconcerting for some. Fashion minimalists, however, are jumping for joy. Before you write it off, remember the words of Miranda Priestly: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Miranda is telling us to embrace what feels counterintuitive, different. So take notes from Giambattista Valli’s Spring ‘13 Collection and look for menswear-inspired black skinny pants, white trim sheer tanks, or color blocked blouse and pencil skirt combinations. For more graphic inspiration look to Balmain. Their Spring ‘13 Show, filled with geometric shapes mixed with white lace, was coolly aspirational. Black and white underpins any wardrobe; in juxtaposition, the two shades feel invigorating, and you’ll never look like you’re trying too hard. For more tips on putting together salt and pepper, click style notes.
1. Due to minimalist roots, this trend requires little effort. (Meaning no more having to do our makeup on the subway.) The key word is fresh.
2. The less fussiness, the better. Stick to the basics. If your blouse is elaborate, the pants need to be simple. Don’t add additional fussiness to your look. One piece of jewelry, not four.
3. Makeup should be minimal. Use a concentrated serum and then a tinted moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and glowing. Use a highlighting pen to bring attention to eyes and cheekbones. Swipe your favorite lengthening mascara on top lashes, and dab on some rose-colored lip balm.
4. Minimalist hair is easily attainable. Prep hair with Hydro Mist to avoid tangles and condition. After blowdrying, apply ReFinish dry shampoo to add texture. Secure length into a low-slung ponytail or braid. Make sure to leave framing bits around the face to create a lived-in appearance.
5. Give yourself a once over in the mirror. Are you wearing needless embellishments? Take off accessories –– belts, hats, scarves, jewelry, hair clips, etc –– one at a time to see how minimal you can go.
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