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Black and white as a “trend” is kind of like Motley Crue’s “farewell tour.”

It doesn’t have an ending date.

It comes to a nearby city, infiltrates your social media, leaves for the next one, and comes back in a few months. You aren’t thinking of it, but you know it’s still going on… somewhere.

Sure, black and white has moments where it becomes a documented “trend,” but can we call it a trend if it will never actually leaves?
n the word of the great Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” I don’t see black and white fading out any time soon so, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that it falls into the latter category.

One of the key factors in the development of personal style is that it fits a person’s lifestyle comfortably and makes them feel confident enough to conquer their goals.

The ideal personal style makes you feel like the best version of yourself. For me, that’s incorporating a lot of black and white in my wardrobe.

The color combination makes me feel instantly put together—It’s nearly impossible not to match. Since I don’t have to fuss with what I’m wearing, I can spend time focusing on my work.

In fact, a lot of successful people choose to stick with one color scheme for the same reason.

Take for instance President Obama and his gray and blue suits. In his own words, “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

Or Grace Coddington and her penchant for black. As she puts it, “I want a clean palate. I don’t want to think about what I’m wearing in the morning; I want to put all of my focus on the clothes I’m shooting.” It seems like it’s worked well for her

Although, as an aside, i’ve seen her picking up her laundry. She was wearing cobalt.

Yes, my inclination towards a simple palette may stem from convenience. I’m not going to lie, picking colors takes effort. However, the truth is that I feel a bit inauthentic if i’m wearing too much color. I just don’t feel like myself.

That doesn’t mean I stick to black and white as a rule. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good floral— I just much prefer how black makes my red hair stand out.

I’m interested to know, do you tend to stick with one color scheme? Or do you find pleasure in mixing it up? Is black and white a sign of laziness, or its inherent simplicity the ultimate manifestation of chic?
Madame Ostrich

Blazer, Helmut Lang. (Over $200 off – Seriously amazing deal!) Shirt, Madonna & Co. Boutique. Pants, J.Crew. Belt, Asos. Bag, Chanel. Boots, Ann Demeulemeester.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

XxMO

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