Black and White Patterns for Fall

Brooke and I are really big fans of the black and white trend. What could make this trend even more fabulous? Patterns! It feels fresh and modern, but it’s still classic enough to last in your wardrobe for years. Here are a few tips for working the black and white pattern trend into your wardrobe for fall, and a few options from our favorite places to get you started.


Picture Credit: Chika Okazumi

In our looks above we paired basic jeans with graphic black and white patterns. These are great casual looks for running errands or lunch with friends. The key is to let the patterns be the star, which is fitting since my pattern is literally stars. Keeping the prints paired with a solid color is an easy way to translate this trend into the real world. It makes it more accessible for everyday wear. Brooke’s Zebra sweater could become overwhelming if not paired with something more simple. A little animal print gives you an edge, but too much can get out of control.

If you are ready to take your style to the next level, instead of black, white and grey, you could try bold colors like fuchsia, teal or mustard. This pairing could be great for work, or a fun date night.

Finally, if you are really looking to have some patterned fun, find two complimentary black and white patterns to mix. The simple and neutral color palate makes finding items that work together easy. All you have to do is look for opposing sizes, maybe a thinly striped shirt with a large floral skirt, or a big polka dot dress with a small geometric print cardigan.

Whether you are looking to be adventurous this season, or just want to play it safe, black and white patterns will fit the bill. Check out ten of our favorite items to start the black and white pattern trend in your wardrobe, or to pair with what you already have.


The Girls With Glasses


  • Dot Blouse 1 of 10

    This Kate Spade blouse is cute as a button, a hundred little black buttons.

  • Heart Sweater 2 of 10

    I heart this sweater. With jeans or a patterned pant, you'll be sure to fall in love. If it's love at first site, head over to Nordstrom to buy it.

  • Striped Trousers 3 of 10

    These striped trousers from Free People will make your legs look longer than long.

  • Black and White Houndstooth Shirt 4 of 10

    This houndstooth blouse from Anthropologie would be a great piece to build an outfit around.


  • Striped Blazer 5 of 10

    Stripes are the most classic black and white pattern ever! Pick this classic little number at Nordstrom.

  • Polka Dot Skinnies 6 of 10

    These black skinnies with white dots are just about perfect, No dot about it.

  • Patterned Flat 7 of 10

    Your feet don't have to miss out on this trend! Kate Spade created these adorable flats.

  • Tribal Dress 8 of 10

    This Lula Roe dress is not only black and white, but also tribal. Win, win, or should I say trend, trend!

  • Black And White Skirt 9 of 10

    This Zara skirt is sure to bring out the wild side of any outfit.

  • Black and White Bird Dress 10 of 10

    You don't have to be bird-brained to see how adorable this black and white patterned dress from Banana Republic is!

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