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Zebra and houndstouth look surprisingly great together

#fashionover40 mature woman in zebra print with hounds tooth work outfit
Newport News leather pants with hounds-tooth blazer over GNW zebra print cardigan worn as top, Paloma Picasso x belt, 3.1 Philip Lim bag, and Ivanka Trump cap-toe pumps (all own)

Styling the black and white trend

One of this fall/winter season’s big trends is black and white. Actually, I think it is not a trend, it is a classic. I would go even further to state it is a world classic. When I was a teenager, I had to use public transportation to get to my school in the next town as there was no high school in that German village of 2000 inhabitants I grew up in. In the west end of that city a woman in her 30s boarded the bus every morning. All clothing she would wear was either black or white. She was the master in creating interesting de-saturated classic outfits that looked very posh, sophisticated and put together. Every morning I was looking forward to see what she would wear. Today I wonder whether she was the ancient form of a fashion blogger. LOL 🙂

#styleover40 woman with work outfit with zebra with hounds tooth pieces
Side view of hounds-tooth blazer with zebra print cardigan, and white leather black and white with pops of color Casual Friday outfit

Black and white pattern and print mixing

Here is my take on the black and white classic. I mixed a hounds-tooth wool blazer with a zebra print cotton cardigan that I wore as top. I added my white leather pants as they keep me warmer than the white jeans because they have a lining and keep the wind out. Moreover, they are more appropriate on a rainy day. I can just wipe off the splash water from the back of the legs when coming to work, while with a pair of white jeans I would have spots all day. I call such splash spots on white denim the Dalmatian look. 🙂 As I like a pop of color I put on my nude pink-orange cap toe pumps and added an orange belt and a pink bag.

Do you like the black and white trend? How do you style it? Do you add a pop of color or keep it just black and white? Do you mix black and white prints and pattern? Let me know by email, I am curious.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2013)

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