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Thursday, September 24th 2009

Base Camp: Fall is Built on Black and White

I sang the praise of grey accessories, am in the middle of a love affair with navy, and have yet to meet a pair of red shoes I didn’t like. Still, year after year my fall wardrobe always comes back to black and white. This isn’t a stretch, I know that, but it does speak volumes (or perhaps merely squeaks out an observation) about the timelessness of the contrasting duo.

Take as example two simple studies in men’s shirting from Victorialand (queen of shirts) and Haute Hippie. The former black with white accents, the latter white with black buttons, they’re each the kind of fall goodness that says “I’m sophisticated, serious, chic.” And, they each let the accessories have a little fun without feeling over the top. We toss around the blank canvas moniker pretty freely, but there’s really no other color combo that embodies it so well.

With the black button-down (worn with black skinny jeans, of course), I’d don jewels with a natural inflection, like a turquoise Alex and Ani ring and a beaded Julie Rofman cuff, and with the tuxedo-inspired shirtdress, a luxe painted eel Gryson handbag and a clever Deepa Gurnani headband that might have otherwise stood outside my comfort zone.

But I want to know what your autumn uniform is. Do you fall into two-toned style like me, or do you take a more vibrant approach, like Maureen’s fall florals?


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