Whether you’re talking about leggings or full-length gowns, there’s nothing quite as timeless as black and white—it’s basically the fashion equivalent of avocados and toast, which is to say it goes really well together. But this spring the two-tone pairing gets a cool refresh in the form of graphic color blocking.
“[It] feels effortlessly contemporary,” says stylist and brand consultant Rachael Wang of the trend that’s appeared across the activewear space from high-end designers like Alala to mass market retailers like Target. “If you’re terrified of the thought of wearing color and prints, the combination freshens up solid wardrobe basics quite nicely, lending a bit of sportiness to any outfit.”
From performance pieces to athleisure staples, Shopbop’s fashion director Caroline Maguire says that black and white is always in style and an easy color combination that everyone can pull off. “The colors complement each other perfectly and are always flattering,” she adds.
Below are 11 black and white styles from bras to tops to leggings that are both trendy and timeless.
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