Bringing Classy Back

This week, I’m channeling some classic, French-inspired style.

With the holidays almost here and the complete craziness of the season in full swing, I’m resorting to my classiest – but most seriously simple – go-to fashion combination. Black and white everything.

You really can never go wrong with this utterly timeless pairing, which is why I was so totally thrilled to come across this week’s gorgeous Goodwill gem – a beautiful beaded cuff bracelet in clean, classic black and white. While the strands of inexpensive beads can make this item feel a bit casual, since they’re strung on stiff wires and woven together, rather than on loose string or elastic, this cuff has an interesting and very clear structure that makes it seem a bit more polished.

IMG_4815-smAn accessory you can wear for years to come, this slightly iridescent black-and-white woven cuff bracelet is a piece that perfectly walks the line between laid-back and luxurious.

Have fun with it!

Like all of my favorite thrift store finds and accessories, this bracelet could complement a wide array of styles – you really could put this on with almost everything currently in your closet, I’m sure. So if, unlike me, you’re not feeling the stress of a packed schedule and hectic holiday season, and want to steer clear of the basic (but always fashionable) black-and-white color combo, by all means – go for it! This bangle would look really lovely against a strong pop of color, like a rich red or vibrant Kelly green. But here, I’ve gone to stick with the timeless, traditional, and always flattering – opaque black tights anchor the look and keep my legs toasty, while a solid black long-sleeved top gives the whole ensemble a effortlessly cool and streamlined look. To break up all the black a little and add some interesting detail to this outfit, I’ve chosen a skirt in a big, bold, black-and-white print, which brings a touch of fun to everything, without injecting any color whatsoever.

IMG_4817Sophisticated and timeless, a completely black-and-white outfit (even down to the accessories) is a tasteful way to make a statement this season.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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