Emerald green is the color of the year, but if there’s one color combination you need to embrace, it’s black and white. The pairing was seen on the runways of countless designers, including Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang. Of course you’ve probably paired a black and a white piece together, but the update on the trend pushes the envelope, combining the two hues in one single garment. Whether you choose to opt for a patterned dress or statement blazer, the look is certifiably chic, a bit funky, and can even be figure flattering. Check out our top picks, all under $100.
For the Show Stopper
Dorothy Perkins Black and White Rose Dress ($75, dorothyperkins.com)
Show off your curves (or give the illusion of them) in this bodycon dress. The contrast between the floral pattern and black panels flatters all body types.
For the Style Maven
BB Dakota Palio Colorblock Crop Jacket ($88, nordstrom.com)
The black sleeves and angled lapels give this jacket a luxe feel that can dress up basic jeans and a tee.
For the Risk Taker
Topshop Moto Stripe Leigh Jeans ($80, topshop.com)
Think wearing stripes make you look bigger? Not when they’re vertical, which actually elongates the figure.
For the Super Trendy
ASTR Faux Leather Front Peplum Tank ($56, nordstrom.com)
Combine several trends in one with this faux leather peplum top. In spite of the trend factor, it has a classic feel and is work appropriate.
For the Chic Businesswoman
Mossimo Vinta Ankle Strap Heels ($30, target.com)
These sandals will pair with everything in your closet, and the adjustable ankle strap and padded insole makes for easy walking.
—Patrice J. Williams
Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is “your style is never determined by your wallet.” Follow her on Twitter @FlyonaDime.