Dec 15, 2012

Posted by in Dress for Success

Monochrome Trend: Figure Flattering Black & White Dresses! Inspired by Jessica Alba, Alicia Keys and More!

Contemporary. Intriguing. Simple.  No two hues contrast more vividly than black and white!  This bold combination will always rank high in sophistication and elegance because of its minimal yet striking appeal.  Bright whites temper deep blacks creating a look that stands the test of time, which is why the monochrome trend is here to stay!

It’s always fascinating to see the way fashion designers cleverly use dark against light to celebrate our curves.  Constantly reworking the yin and yang of these two dominant hues, creative minds discover a plethora of design concepts to make us look like goddesses.  Imagine a fitted black dress with a white figure eight panel placed at the center.  This will make you appear more curvaceous.  Now turn that white panel into a vertical line, and suddenly you appear less curvaceous.  Stark contrasts of black and white can either accentuate or minimize curves, and in fact, it’s the most powerful way to do so.

Variations of the look include curve hugging silhouettes with sharp angles and wavy contours, bateau and plunging necklines, pleated and fitted hemlines, elasticized and cinched in waists and more!  If you like to show off your curves choose dresses made of stretch jersey or cashmere.  If you like softer looks that graze over your figure opt for silk instead.

All skin tones, ranging from porcelain to deep brown, look smashing in black and white!  Pair the look with your favorite shade of red lipstick and all eyes are on you!  And since the style statement is in the garment there is no need to over think accessories, keep it simple just like these celebrities!

Jessica Alba stuns the room in a black and white color block mirror effect dress, quilted clutch and platform peep toe pumps.

Kim Kardashian is wearing a long sleeve black and white color block dress that flares from the waistline and features an elongating black panel down the center along with black knee high boots finished with a sophisticated tote.

Curve hugging color blocks add a seductive contrast to Alicia Key’s stretchy  sheath.  She teams the dress with sharp cut black and white blocked platform pumps and an understated clutch.

The body trimming silhouette of a long sleeve sheath is intersected by angular color blocks on the lovely Cat Deeley

A plunging V neck cradles black shades and points to Olivia Wilde’s tiny waist

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