"Too many shoes? I'm not sure I understand the question..."

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What’s your advice for someone trying to define their style?

"It's tempting to want to define things because that makes it easy to categorize, but I don't think it's necessary to ‘define’ your style. I wear lots of things that don't necessarily fit into a certain definition (rock chic, femme, etc.), so my advice is to wear whatever you like whenever you like! Having said that, it is helpful to have a clear idea of the type of clothing you tend to be drawn to, so I usually advise people to find images of items they like and look for common themes. Are you attracted to a certain silhouette or color or print? Figure that out and keep those things in mind when shopping or getting dressed.”

Tell us about an ensemble you regret wearing.

"Hmm...I don't really regret wearing any one specific outfit (jams shorts and push-down socks were in style then, okay?), but I usually regret dressing to suit someone else's expectation of the way I should look, or trying to make myself feel better by dressing up--that almost never works.”

Do you ever go out without accessories?

"No! I always wear earrings. I mean always –and a watch. I think the earring thing is due to my mom --she'll change her earrings just to go to bed! The watch is a control issue; I always need to know what time it is, even when I'm running late (approximately 70% of the time).”

What is your personal style philosophy?

"I dress to suit my mood and I always want to feel like what I'm wearing complements and expresses who I am --even if ‘who I am’ evolves and changes regularly. That's my personal style philosophy, too: dress how you feel and you'll always look great!”

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

" I probably own about seventy pairs, including boots and sandals. Too many shoes? I'm not sure I understand the question....”

Anything Else?

"I'm the editor of Style Sample Magazine a magazine by, for, and about fashion bloggers--you should check it out! There's always lots of great information online and in the magazine--fashion, shopping, designers, photography, illustration, blogging advice--I'd love for you to visit!”

Today we will explore one of the signature color combinations in all of fashion –black and white. Earlier we discussed wearing this duo separately here and here, now it’s time to turn our attention to the myriad of style possibilities unleashed as these two classic hues merge.

In her first look, our lovely nista takes this ultra hot color combo to the next level. Sporting an elegant cream mini dress with contrasting ebony over the knee socks, she’s sure to register on the style radar. Forget those thigh high boots; as this nista shows, towering socks are where it’s at. She rounds out this contrasting color outfit with several chic, multihued accessories. The voluminous coffee shawl draped around her décolleté makes a dramatic sartorial statement, while those adorable cognac ankle strap heels leave an especially memorable impression. Finalizing this get up, the super trendy striped belt effortlessly cinches her waist and the espresso clutch is just right for a romantic evening with the beau.

Our beautiful nista’s second pick proves exclusively wearing this opposing color couple above the waist still gives oodles of panache. Her vertical striped black and white tank is a great addition to any wardrobe. Wear it for an understated look on a muggy day like this nista or vogue it out in fabulous layers on a crisp autumn morning. Merging the banded shirt with a dazzling high waisted flower-patterned skirt is sure to make any woman feel extra glamorous. Completing this ensemble, we spy strappy black heels –fashionable for any occasion and a sensational oversized belt, which looks right day or night.

In her final ensemble, this nista demonstrates black and white make a powerful visual statement. Sporting a cropped ivory blazer equip with exaggerated shoulders reminiscent of another era, she tempers it with an urbane pair of sable pencil pants. Continuing the theme of contrast echoed throughout this look, the slim fitting trousers beautifully offset her inflated upper sleeves; as the slender two-tone belt not only adds definition to her figure, but also reinforces the devastatingly sharp color scheme. Topping everything off with a pair of snakeskin stilettos, this winning combination will seamlessly take her from the desk to dinner.

Do you enjoy pairing black and white?
What are your favorite color combinations?


Emilie said... [Reply to comment]

waauw gorgeous, I love your outfits, you look very classy darling :-)



Ife' said... [Reply to comment]

I recently discovered The Style Sample and I LOVE HER! she is gorgeous, stylish, and SMART! triple threat.Great interviee. Absolutely love the black/white combo. always chic, always classic...but never boring. You can easily add a little edge to black/white ensembles, which is shown effortlessly here!

GFS said... [Reply to comment]

I adore that she mixes patterns like the striped shirt and floral sirt! Great style!

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i love her style. very chic

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xoxo Kellz* said... [Reply to comment]

wow all thes elooks were amazing love it

Ayanna Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

she looks awesome. love that white jacket, black pant combo on her!


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

She is beautiful!


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Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

absolutely love these looks..especially the first one!
youre beautiful and u have a great body. i just found my new fave closet blog


Fajr | Stylish Thought said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats on the feature T!

Coy Fallacy said... [Reply to comment]

Oh the reasons that I love this post. She helped decide to stop trying to put a label on my style. Thanks chic!!!

Reason 2: the white jecket gave me the perfect idea of how I need to reconstruct something that I have been thinking on for quite some time. Thanks chic!!!

Reason 3: I love the classic silhouettes that she displays in her style. Kisses

And thanks for doing this post. We, the people, needed it. At least I did.

La Petite Fembot said... [Reply to comment]

i absolutely love the floral skirt!

Annnd.. I do love pairing black and white but only when the peices are very solid and structured like the outfit above.

Im not a huge fan of 'flowy' peices in black and white. Im not sure why :S


Jonathon Pedrozo said... [Reply to comment]

WOW! soooo beautifully dressed woman! i love her style!


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Tamia is a TRUE fashionista!

The Style Sample magazine for fashon bloggers is ALL THAT! I've been a fan for over a year now, and EVERYTHING she does is beautiful. Yes, girlfriend has the gorgeous good looks and attitude to pull it all off. I'm older, yet she reminds me of ME in my 20s. And she is teaching me yet! KUDOS, Tee for your elegant use of black & white - and all else.

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