Splurge: Ridiculously Luxe Black & White Classics

Thursday, January 16, 2014

If you are going to splurge on a serious designer find, it’s a good idea to choose wisely. There’s nothing but regret waiting on the other side of that $3,000.00 lime green neoprene mini dress, I promise.

So, what should you pick instead? This season, it’s all about a versatile luxury piece in classic black and white. A quick run through the newest spring arrivals at online designer shop Net-a-Porter reveals a bucketful of black and white finds that will serve you well for years and years to come. Check out my top picks…

This Lanvin Trilogy Shopper is the kind of bag that you will love, and adore, and nurture… and then pass on to your grandchild. While that’s all playing out, you will also take this bag from the office to the opera without missing a beat. The black and white color block design nicely updates the classic Trilogy bag for the spring 2014 season.

Lanvin Trilogy Leather Shopper

→ Buy the Lanvin Trilogy Leather Shopper, $2,330.00, at net-a-porter.com.

The beauty of this Band of Outsiders dress is that it is a floor length satin and crepe gown that happens to be laid back enough to wear with sandals. It’s perfect for cities with a vibrant social scene, but little use for fussy frocks.

Band of Outsiders Satin and Crepe Maxi Dress

→ Buy the Band of Outsiders Satin and Crepe Maxi Dress, $895.00, at net-a-porter.com.

It’s hard to advocate for paying top dollar for a white button-down when there are so many fabulous, super affordable versions available. But, the dolman sleeves on this Vivienne Westwood shirt make for an interesting silhouette that would be hard to get just right on a budget.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Dolman Sleeve Shirt

→ Buy the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Dolman Sleeve Shirt, $315.00, at net-a-porter.com.

A tuxedo jacket pairs well with everything from jeans to cocktail dresses, and partnered with a pair of slim trousers creates a chic alternative to black tie. A high quality jacket, like this Dolce&Gabbana option, will last for a lifetime.

Dolce and Gabbana Wool and Silk Tuxedo Jacket

→ Buy the Dolce&Gabbana Wool and Silk Tuxedo Jacket, $2,295.00, at net-a-porter.com.

Owning a Roland Mouret dress is very high up on my fashion to-do list, and for good reason. These sleek dresses flatter like nothing else. This white basket-weave paneled version is both classic and super on point for spring.

Roland Mouret Wezen Stretch Crepe Dress

→ Buy the Roland Mouret Wezen Stretch Crepe Dress, $2,215.00, at net-a-porter.com.