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There is no way around it, black and white color blocking is a major trend for Spring 2013. Almost every major designer has their version of the B&W dress, and why not? It’s super chic and flattering on almost everyone! Here is my favorite Runway version from the Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 RTW collection: I just love the asymmetric panels and the little burst of color right in the center.
Now on to the more affordable (and wearable) versions.
If you want to go for designer quality, I would recommend:
Rag & Bone Dupont Colorblock Dress – $450
Diane von Furstenberg Carmelle Sheath Dress – $425
Alice + Olivia Alberta Colorblock Dress – $297
Looking for more affordable versions of this trend? Here are some options:
White House Black Market Coloblock Sheath Dress – $79.99
You can get this HERE
Loft Colorblock Seamed Sheath Dress – $89.50
You can get this HERE
I have been hesitant to purchase any printed denim since the trend started for fear that I would instantly hate the print. However, for some reason I have an affinity for snake prints (especially for handbags and shoes). So, when I saw these French Connection pants on sale at Bloomies I decided to try them out.
Note: They are not denim, they are a stretchy legging – like fabric with a snake texture. They also have an elastic waistband, which I thought was strange at first, but I don’t really mind it that much. They only downside of the elastic waistband is that you can’t wear these pants with shorter shirts that end at the hip.
Fit wise, they are super comfortable and feel like you are wearing your PJs out in public. The high contrast print makes them super flattering, especially at the thighs. They are very versatile and can be paired with colorful pieces as well as neutrals. Since they end right at the ankle, they can also be worn with flats, which is awesome for running around in the city.
You can still get them on sale at Bloomingdales for $83.16
The ones I would buy:
Trend: Rag & Bone Newbury Booties
It’s pretty obvious why celebs like Sienna Miller, Rachel Bilson and Nikki Reed can’t get enough of these adorable booties. They are so versatile and easy to wear with thier mid-sized heel and simple design. Since I am not willing to drop $500 on shoes, I found a few “look alikes” listed below. I put in links to the originals, the mid-grade look alike (Steve Madden’s that I actually purchased today) and the super-cheap versions that give you the look without the price.
The ones I bought:
Perfect for the Summer, this multi colored dress by Hale Bob has a handkerchief hem and empire waistline making it comfortable yet flirty.
You can get a very similar dress at Victoria’s secret on sale now for only $45.
As seen on Kyle Richards from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, this sheer white lace trimmed tunic is a beautiful staple to any wardrobe this Spring. It has that hint of 70s style that makes it on trend, yet it is classic enough to look great tucked into a pair of straight legged slacks.
As much as I absolutely love this top, I can’t let myself spend $300 on it. So, I have found an alternative:
I have actually ordered this top myself, but unfortunately, it will not be available until May 7th. Check back to see my review of this top in early May.