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Monochrome Chic: Printed shorts & Polka Dot Skirt

How to wear monochrome look; Black and white trend; how to wear printed shorts/skirt;  On Olivia Palermo: Givenchy Antigona Satchel Bag, Banana Republic Milly Collection Elephant Print Short, YOiM patent leather black oxford, Wunderkind cat eye sunglasses, white printed blouse, black blazer;  On Zoe Saldana at 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival:Oscar Tiye orange suede ankle-strap pumps;Emanuel Ungaro Fall 2013 collection black and white two-tone printed dress with polka dot skirt.

Photos: Olivia Palermo & Zoe Saldana; Courtesy of fashionbombdaily.com.

As the mainstay this season, black and white are everywhere. Since the monochrome palette can be a little bit heavy and boring, I featured two looks (above), hope they can give you some idea for staying fresh, cool and stylish.

Olivia Palermo kept her black and white combo season appropriate with whimsical elephant print shorts and a light weight, breezy blouse. The shorts are fresh from Milly for Banana Republic collection that just hit stores last week. As a master of vintage-inspired, Hamptons-ready patterns, Milly designed 60 pieces that are ideal for the coming vacation season and beyond. I have been eyeing the Medallion print top, color block maxi dress and the gorgeous coral bib necklace.

Right-on-trend Oxford can instantly give any outfit, either a lace dress, a tee-and-cropped-pants combo or the classic blazer and button down shirt look on Olivia Palermo above, some street cred. A pair of embellished cat-eye sunglasses add a luxurious touch to her look. This outfit is great for women of all ages and can be transformed for many occasions simply by changing the shoes.

How to wear monochrome look; Black and white trend; how to wear printed shorts/skirt;  On Olivia Palermo: Givenchy Antigona Satchel Bag, Banana Republic Milly Collection Elephant Print Short, YOiM patent leather black oxford, Wunderkind cat eye sunglasses, white printed blouse, black blazer;  Alternatives: Express SHAWL COLLAR black tuxedo JACKET,  J.Crew Collection jeweled boyfriend white blouse,   Tildon 'Astoria' patent leather black Oxford, GIVENCHY Antigona Medium Stamped Tejus in Black,  Karen Walker The Number One leopard cat eye Sunglasses,  Deborah Lippmann red Nail Color "supermodel",

Jacket: Express
Blouse: J.Crew
Shorts: Banana Republic (similar here & here)
Bag: Givenchy ‘Antigona’ (featured here; similar here)
Shoes: Tildon (great style here)
Sunglasses: Karen Walker (similar  here & here)
Polish: Deborah Lippmann ‘supermodel’

Zoe Saldana also opted for a fun print–polka dot, which brought a flirty and youthful vibe to the sober palette. Her bright red pumps and lips make the look iconic. The piece on her is actually a dress from Emanuel Ungaro‘s Fall 2013 collection. We can easily recreate it by using this polka dot mini skirt and flowy color block top. The key is balance: use oversized top to balance the sexy, exposed legs. The high contrast shapes and classic color scheme make this look an understated statement choice for those special summer events!

How to wear monochrome look; Black and white trend; how to wear printed shorts/skirt;    On Zoe Saldana at 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival:Oscar Tiye orange suede ankle-strap pumps;Emanuel Ungaro Fall 2013 collection black and white two-tone printed dress with polka dot skirt.  Alternatives:Vince Camuto Split Neck black and white colorblock Blouse,  JOSEPH black and white polka dot Mini skirt, tibi Daria ankle strap heels red,  Marc by Marc Jacobs Huggie Hoops,  Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ - Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15,

Blouse: Vince Camuto (similar here & here)
Skirt: Joseph ($14 here)
Shoes: Tibi (on sale; great buy here)
Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Lip color: YSL ‘#17 Red Muse’

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