Copy Paste: black top and white bottom – an infallible fashion combination
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Copy Paste: black top and white bottom – an infallible fashion combination

Translation: Eva Francis

Black and white looks are timeless, elegant and virtually foolproof. Here’s a trick to spice things up.

A white top and black trousers is one of the most classic fashion combinations ever. It creates an elegant, clean aesthetic and is a great and neutral starting point for a variety of style interpretations. If you’re a fan of this formula but are looking to mix it up a bit, here’s a simple tip: just reverse the scheme. The black-top-and-white-bottom combination is similarly timeless and simple, but a bit more exciting and fresh.

Influencer and designer Mel, who posts minimalist outfits under the handle melo_and_co, has showcased this combination several times.

No frills, but beautiful: Mel’s black-top-and-white-bottom look.
No frills, but beautiful: Mel’s black-top-and-white-bottom look.
Source: Photo: Instagram @melo_and_co

The strong contrast between the white trousers and the rest of the black look creates visual tension, making the look interesting. However, a bold contrast can also look harsh. If you’re looking for a smoother transition, I recommend using off-white instead of pure white – just like Mel.

Her combination of wide trousers and a classic coat looks particularly elegant.
She’s also wearing a simple black top and classic loafers. Like heels? Feel free to wear ankle boots. Into sneakers? A delicate sneaker such as the Gazelle or Samba by Adidas works, too.

For the finishing touch, Mel has opted for no-frills black accessories to match her minimalist style, including a belt with a silver buckle and cat-eye sunglasses.

Get Mel’s look:

Selected Femme Single breasted wool coat
Suit

Selected Femme Single breasted wool coat

Vanzetti Belt Casual (80)
Belts
57.95 CHF

Vanzetti Belt Casual

80

Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses YS000128 black used
Sunglasses

Yves Saint Laurent Sunglasses YS000128 black used

Cash-Mere Gloves Long (One size)
Gloves
59.– CHF

Cash-Mere Gloves Long

One size

Calvin Klein GRACIE SHOULDER BAG
Handbag
173.90 CHF

Calvin Klein GRACIE SHOULDER BAG

In the Copy Paste series, I share outfit inspirations which you can shop right away. Plus, there are styling tips! Follow me so you don’t miss the opportunity to copy the next look.

Header image: Instagram @melo_and_co

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