I am seriously swooning over black and white stripes at the moment. Black gives you the touch of drama we all want, while white is forever clean and elegant creating the perfect contrast. When these two colors meet you instantly create a classically striking visual that is perfect to transcend from dawn to dusk. These distinguished stripes are the perfect breath of fresh air from summer's bright pallets and always give you a timeless appearance. Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Fendi are just a few of the designers contributing to the massive amounts of stripe lust going on this summer. Above I freshened up one of my favorite pair of black shorts with a BCBG Max Azria diagonal striped top. I finished the look off with my go-to black pumps and a fun array of black and sliver accessories. Now I know there are girls that swear by either silver or gold, but if you're a lover of both, like myself, remember when pulling for a look silver is black's best friend as gold is to brown. This summer be sure to add thick bold stripes to your wardrobe for a dramatic pop or thinner stripes for a more subtle design. And ladies, don't frighten yourself out of a killer trend by demanding there's no way to wear stripes without looking rounder than Violet Beauregard. For a more slimming look opt for vertical stripes which will draw the eye up and down instead of around or break up the look with solid colored blazer or a chunky belt. Below are some of my favorite celebrities rocking black and white stripes. I simply adore Olivia Palermo's blazer as well as Kim Kardahsian one shoulder dress and Nicole Richie's ultra fierce top. Are you loving stripes too?
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