Fall 2013 fashion trends: black and white continues

Black and white is a classic and natural color combination. Although traditionally thought of for spring, black and white together is one of fall 2013’s hottest trends from the runway. And you thought you couldn’t wear white after Labor Day?! Ha!

Black and white worn together was spotted all over the runways for fall/winter 2013/2014. This classic color combo has shown itself in every way possible for fall including prints, color blocking, stripes and more. Designers have even created handbags and shoes which feature both black and white. Many shoes and handbags for fall are being shown in white with black piping; or vise-versa. The combination evokes a vintage, 1960’s “Go-Go” vibe, yet many of the silhouettes are more reminiscent of the 1970’s and early 1990’s. If you have been wearing black and white through the spring and summer seasons, there is an easy way to spice up the color combination for the fall 2013 season; with sparkle! One of the big trends from the runways was sparkle. While this trend has been around for a few years, it is an easy way to update a black and white look you may have sitting in your closet from a past season. Sparkling tights can update a black and white striped dress from spring. A black cardigan with silver threading can update a black and white ensemble from summer. All it takes is one piece with sparkle and voila! You are hot for fall 

Another trend which has been around and is continuing into fall 2013 is the rocker-chic trend. This trend has merged with the black and white trend for fall 2013. You will find many handbags and shoes studded with silver spikes, studs and crystals. This is a new way to wear black and white for fall 2013 and also an easy way to incorporate the color combo into the emerging grunge trend. Yes, I said grunge again.

The key points to remember when wearing the black and white trend this fall are which decade to look for in each piece. Shoes and handbags are being shown in 1960’s and 1970’s silhouettes; they also tend to be color blocked or piped. Apparel is softer and there is a big 1970’s and early 1990’s influence. Look for baby doll dresses, wide leg trousers, soft flowing skirts, sparkling tights, studded everything, fringe and fabulous t-strap shoes color blocked in black and white. It is almost as if the lead singer of a heavy metal band went into a thrift store, purchased a bunch of black and white items, and then added some spikes to them.

So make sure you download Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana from your CD collection onto your iPod. When you’re done, come back here and check out the shopping widget below with “Jeremy” playing in the background. I have assembled together a few fabulous black and white items for fall 2013. Hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous