Spring has sprung and its time to get all the graphic details – in black and white 

Top: Country Road dress, and above, Country Road top and print pants

ITS described as monochrome: that classic combination of black and white. However, consult a dictionary and youll find monochrome means  “different shades of one colour. How black and white can be described as different shades of one colour, beats me. 

In fashion terms it has come to mean white and one other colour. Generally black. So navy and white, brown and white, beige and white can also be technically described as monochrome.

Im pretty much a black and white girl – and not just sartorially speaking – as the two colours form the backbone of my wardrobe. Black in winter and white in summer. And, of course, worn together. However, I do wear colour – sometimes!

Black and white never goes out of fashion. Every year it is heralded as this seasons must-have, or the “hot new trend. It was last year and the year before that. And the year before that too!

The pairing is one of those sartorial constants, a fashion compass you can set your style course on, things that never let you down. The combination is dependable, accessible and crosses all cultural and style bounds. Thats why black and white are wardrobe essentials; every woman needs classic basic black and white pieces in her wardrobe. 

This season, rather than err on the side of plain solid offerings, take it up a notch or two and go graphic. Look for windowpane checks, spots, stripes and abstract designs. If youre still feeling a little bored, spice it up with an eye-popping colour – red, emerald green, cobalt blue, bright yellow or fuchsia pink.  Need more inspiration or style tips then look here and here.

Country Road and Trenery have the trend in spades. So what are you waiting for? 

Trenery print shirt dress (top) and windowpane check shorts and silk shirt

Now shop the look

1: Country Road dress  2: Saba bag  3: Wittner shoes 4: Illesteva sunglasses  5: Sportscraft dress  
6: Oscar De La Renta grosgrain spot shoes  7: Witchery dress   8: Oroton bag 9Ancient Greesandals 

Do you love black and white? See yourself wearing the windowpane check shorts? 
What colour would you wear back with the classic combination?
Would love to hear from you.

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