Trendy or timeless: Black and white prints

Black and white prints straddle the line between trendy and timeless. They are currently having a surge in popularity, but they'll never really go out of style. You can always count on simple stripes and polka dots to make you look chic and classic.

Black and white prints can feel less overwhelming to wear than colorful ones, but you'll still want to create balance. Here are some ways to make them work for you:

If you're doing an all-over print in a dress and worry about it being too busy, pick a print that has more black than white and finish with black layers and accessories. 

A black and white striped shirt is a classic piece, and can be styled in almost infinite ways. It's also a great platform for print-mixing, so try yours with a colorful printed scarf with an organic irregular print. 

If you want to go with color, pick one that's cool and bright like fire engine red, hot pink, or turquoise.

To ease into black and white prints, try a scarf. Pair with lots of black, cool brights, or a neutral mix. 

Any black and white print will help you cash in on this trend: Dots, stripes, houndstooth, abstracts, anything. Here are some fun and unusual options you can buy now:

1. Kate Spade Saturday Canvas & Leather Satchel, $225 at 

2. Dr. Scholls Really Polka Dot Flat, $49.95 at DSW

3. Tasha Square Boxes Scarf, $28 at Nordstrom

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