Failing at a simple trend: black and white

A look that’s as simple as black and white can’t really be hard to master… Can it?

According to your votes, Thandie Newton’s off-the-shoulder black and white dress, this simple yet elegant outfit by Yeojin Bae, and Victoria Beckham’s horizontal black and white stripe dress are all hits. What do they have in common? They’re all simple, sleek, but with enough detail to keep them interesting.

So if simple and sleek sounds easy enough, why can’t can’t these next three celebrities get it right?

One of the biggest dangers of black and white is looking like a waitress, or like you’re just heading down to the office (in a totally boring ensemble). As we’ve mentioned previously that’s exactly what Katie Holmes did wrong. If wearing black and white corporately, add a splash of colour, a patent leather belt, SOMETHING to liven it up!

Ali Larter’s dress is a good fit, but the black die is where it all gets messy. Black and white work best as block colours or contrasted as patterns – and the heavy black boots aren’t helping her either.

Kate Bosworth on the other hand has taken a cute look and just missed on the cut. Rather than being sleek the dress is too baggy.

So just remember, as a colour combination black and white may be classic; but it can still come out less than great. Keep it simple and clean but with enough detail to give it flair!

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.