Back to Basics

Fashion, as we know, tends to be a bit of a pendulum.  As soon as it swings far in one direction, you can bet it’ll start swinging back in the other before long.

You can see this happening now in fashion.  Whereas the past few seasons (or more– doesn’t it seem as though neon has been “in” for years now?) have seen loads of bright hues, wild pattern mixing, and new combinations of colors (pink and red, which for as long as I’ve been alive were conventionally assumed to clash have been all the rage together in the past year or so), now black and white are having a huge resurgence.

At first, I found this mildly depressing.  Though throughout the majority of my adult life I’ve been known to wear mostly black (people in New Hampshire, where I used to live, used to routinely assume that I was either from New York City or on my way to a funeral), I’ve spent the past few years experimenting with adding more color into my wardrobe.  While at first it really was a challenge, I’ve come to love color.

So to see it leave clothing, en masse, of late was a bit of a shock.  But as you may have noticed from my last few posts, even while I’ve been mourning the loss of color on the runways, I’ve been quietly going back to wearing more and more black, white and greys  (and really enjoying it).

So here I was this past weekend wearing the aforementioned color palette.  One of the cool things about it is that only the accessories are new– the pants and shirt are a few years old.  It’s so exciting when you can pull older things out of your closet and find them feeling new.  White shoes, by the way, are a great way to make a neutral color palette seem new right now.  I don’t think I’ve ever owned white shoes before, but lately I’ve bought a few pairs.  There’s something so fresh about them.

So here’s to the swinging of the fashion pendulum, to neutrals and basics, to good ol’ black and white.

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  • I love that more black + white + grey is out there in stores right now. It’s my “uniform” and I make no apologies for it! It’s just nice to have more options in that palette!

    • Alexandra

      That’s so great! And you’ll have plenty of options for a long time to come, because it looks like black and white are going to be sticking around for quite a while (beyond their inherent timelessness, of course).

      Enjoy!! 🙂

  • Brooke

    No matter the color you look FANTASTIC in everything your wear! I love this style of shirt on you ❤❤❤

  • Alexandra

    Wow, thank you so much Brooke! You just made my day. 🙂

  • Love this look on you! Very classic and chic. And btw, love your bag!


    • Thank you, Josephina!! I have a thing for Proenza Schouler. 🙂

  • That top fits you perfectly and the whole combo is just lovely! You look so pretty Ali! I totally know what you mean about white shoes too. I’ve been gravitating towards them a lot lately. 🙂


    • Thank you so much, Theresa!! I never thought I’d wear white shoes, but now I’m loving them so much! Now I just have to make sure I keep them clean. 😉

  • sandra

    cute outfit. i love how black and white never gets old.