PICKED up a fashion magazine lately? Did it happen to mention that black and white was on-trend this season? Well youd have to be living up a rock if you didnt know that! But lets be honest, is black and white ever out of fashion? 

The monochrome palette is a constant in the seasonal fashion cycle and should be a staple of every womans wardrobe. Black and white is seasonless, timeless and ageless. It is also the most versatile and easiest of all colour combinations to wear. Youll never go wrong. Some might suggest its too safe; others will find it boring. But one thing youll never hear anyone say is its lacking in styleBlack and white is absolute. 

Some women have made the classic combination their signature. Most notable of all was Coco Chanel. From the creation of the Little Black Dress, her use of white collars and cuffs, and reinterpretion of the humble black and white-striped T-shirt, black and white was her personal style, her personal uniform.

An honourable mention must go to our own style doyenne Sheila Scotter AM OBE (left). The former editor-in-chief of Vogue who passed away in April last year, championed true style and challenged sartorial codesAffectionately known as the "Silver Duchess", she famously only wore black and white garments throughout her adult life. The only exception was when she was persuaded to wear red for an occasion believing no other colour would be appropriate. It turned out to be a surprise 70th birthday for her, at which all the guests wore black and white!

Black and white is the perfect blank canvas
I, too, have fallen for the sartorial simplicity of these wardrobe essentials.  A rather large portion of my wardrobe (Id say about 80 per cent) is black and white. Its just so easy to wear, so easy to get dressed in the morning, and so easy to shop for. I dont have to think too hard about what will work with what. And every woman needs simple but consistent wardrobe solutions for getting dressed. 

The neutral tones are the perfect blank canvas upon which to create hundreds of looks. Everyone has a selection of black and white pieces in their wardrobe so no one has any excuses. But if you like to play it safe, now is the time to switch it up a notch and try something a little different. Its time to inject a little attitude and mix back with unexpected colours, textures and patterns. 

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Traditionally, most wear in colour blocks – black bottoms and white top or vice versa. As for introducing a third colour, red is the first choice for many – even if it is just a slick of red on lips and nails. For something a little less traditional but no less chic, is navy. Or try the noble hue of cobalt blue or face up to the fuchsia of fashion. Anyone up for trying a floral or graphic print with stripes or spots? Or make like New York style icon Iris Apfel (above) and layer on lots of fun with print, patterned or colourful accessories. 

But the true beauty of versatility? Anything you wear a lot – no matter how expensive – will get cheaper every time you wear it = the cost per wear ratio. It really is as simple as black and white! Now lets go shopping!




TOP ROW (from left): Michael Kors top / Rag & Bone jacket / Cue shirt 
MIDDLE ROW (from left): Marni skirt / Marc Jacobs skirtMiu Miu skirt
BOTTOM ROW (From left): Marc Jacobs shoes / Sergio Rossi heels / Country Road flats

Do you too love black and white? What colour to you like to mix back with it? 
Do you have a favourite pairing? 

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