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Office Glamour: Black and White

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What I love most about fashion is that it’s forever evolving, but for this year’s black and white trend, I wish it could stay. It just so classic, versatile and practical. As long as you pick the right shape and accessories, this combo really can take you anywhere.

Here, Cameron Diaz & Victoria Beckham showed us how to take this trend to the office with the right balance of subdued glamorous and fashion-conscious:

Black pumps and bags are work wardrobe staples, this season, change them into white. Team with a knee-length or below the knee dress. A gold belt or watch adds just the right amount of luxe touch.

Victoria Beckham exemplifies the minimalist chicness. Her ‘secret’ lies in the details: from a sexy heel with metallic accent and flirty V-cut topline, a understated luxurious clutch to a deep V-neck shirt and an impeccable tailored jacket tossed over her shoulders.

In Chinese: 虽然不断的更新与变革是时尚永恒不变的主题,但是对于我喜欢的潮流,有时候真希望它能永恒不变,比如今年大热的黑与白。只要找到对的剪裁和配饰,这个经典的色彩组合可以让我们游走于任何场合。

就拿我们呆的时间最长的办公室来说吧,把以往常备的黑色高跟鞋和公文包换成白色,加上一条黑白拼接的及膝或膝下裙 (Cameron Diaz所穿的这条现在三折!),既符合潮流又优雅端庄。以极简现代风格著称的Victoria Beckham则在细节上脱颖而出,比如她脚上的这双金属跟的鞋(最喜欢楦头的桃心设计!)和低调优雅的手包,披在肩头的外套,低开领的衬衫以及精致的细腰带等。

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1. Martin Grant Dana dress (70% off now!)
2. Gucci oversized cat eye sunglasses
3. Movado bracelet watch
4. Chloé Eau de parfum
5. Madison working bag (alternative here & here)
6. Topshop pump (on Cameron Diaz here)

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1. HELMUT Helmut Lang jacket (on Victoria Beckham here; similar here)
2. Equipment Brett Shirt
3. Jennifer Zeuner necklace
4. Casadei pump (adore the V-cut topline! similar here)
5. Halogen New Taylor pants
6. Illamasqua nail color in ‘Scorch’
7. Miu Miu Matelassé leather clutch

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Gingham Chic: Trendy Accessories & Classic Staples

How to wear gingham; Sarah Jessica Parker; Olivia Palermo; Street style;  On Sarah Jessica Parker: Splendid Gingham Button Down Blouse, MiH skinny jeans, jimmy Choo rebel crossbody bag, Jean-Michel Cazabat "Elba" white cut out pump, Ray ban Shield sunglasses; On Olivia Palermo:  Banana Republic Mad Men Collection Hampton-Fit Gingham Crop pants, Juicy Couture black shirt, menswear black oxford.Photos: Sarah Jessica Parker & Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of pacificcoastnews.comfashionbombdaily.com.

My fondness for anything gingham was literally revived when I spotted this photo from Vogue. Since Gustav III first created gingham as a style for interiors back to 18th century, this simple, minimalist print that combined Rococo with Neo-Classicism never goes out of style. Today, I featured two of my current favorite looks incorporated gingham, hope they inspire you to update yours.

Unlike the born-with-it modern vibe of stripes, gingham naturally has a retro, country flair. To make it fresh, style it with your favorite basic staples, be it skinny jeans, leather leggings, black cashmere sweater or sharp blazer, then spice up the whole look with trendy accessories, like the white cut-out pump and lace-up Oxford on today’s featured stars, both very of-the-moment.

These two looks are easy to adopt and very versatile: add a well-tailored jacket to SJP’s outfit, or change Olivia Palermo’s Oxford to a classic black pump, then add a structured tote, you can easily transform these two casual chic looks to polished, office-ready outfits.

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Top: Splendid (available here & here; $24 here)
Jeans: J Brand (on sale here!)
Shoes: Shoe Dazzle (great style here)
Bag: Asos (great style here; on SJP on sale here!)
Sunglasses: Versace (or this pair)
Nail: Deborah Lippmann ‘Fade To Black’

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Top: Kain (70% off! great alternative here & here)
Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)
Shoes: Asos (great style here)
Sunglasses: Topshop
Nail: Deborah Lippmann ‘Supermodel’

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Maternity Style: Modern, Classic or Edgy

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Photos: (from left) Kim Kardashian, Duchess of Cambridge and Miranda Kerr. Courtesy of eonline.com, instyle.co.uk, celebrityphotos.sheknows.com.

In my fifth month of pregnancy, my regular clothes don’t accommodate the growing belly any more, but I really don’t want to invest in maternity pieces that have limited options and can only be worn several months.

If you, like me, are hunting clothes, or considering reworking old pieces in your closet, to put together stylish outfits that can be worn in different occasions, during pregnancy and long after the baby is born, today’s tips are for you.

Being pregnant doesn’t stop Kim Kardasian from wearing curve-hugging clothes and sky-high heels. I do not recommend any mum-to-be wearing high heels, but I do find that after my belly getting bigger, compared to loose, shapeless pieces that are tent-like in profile, properly fitted garments are much more flattering.

This look of her nailed the hottest black and white trend. I love how she wisely chose black and white accessories to maximize the graphic effect. A scarlet lip is enough to brighten up the look. Instead of her high heels, I found this pair equally stylish and much easier to walk in.

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Dress: Emporio Armani (great style here
Bag: Sondra Roberts
Shoes: BCBGeneration (also here)
Accessories: CC Skye cuffM·A·C lipstick

Kate Middleton’s look (below) is an excellent example of how to rework the old pieces during pregnancy. As Pantone color of the year 2013, this understated, elegant emerald hue is not only trendy, but also universal flattering. Choose a belted or high-waist design which is comfy to wear during pregnancy. Both of the pieces picked below are so Kate-like, but cost much less!

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Coat: Target ($49!)
Dress: DKNY

Miranda Kerr’s off-duty look is always sleek and modern, with an edgy touch. This look is no exception. Loose shift dress doesn’t add pressure to the belly. A structured leather jacket and bare legs show off her figure. A pair of easy-to-walk-in ankle booties are must-have! I literally live in mine: with maxi dress, maternity jeans (the only maternity piece I bought) or knee-length sheath.

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Jacket: Alice by Temperley (similar here)
Dress: Mango
Shoes: Steve Madden

As you can see from all the looks above, being pregnant doesn’t mean that you need to completely change your personal style. All you need is some tweaking, to make your outfits flatter your new body, but still reflect who you are.