It’s always great when fellow blogger Anja is in town, as she likes to photograph and always manages to take some good photographs of me. And I’m particularly pleased with how these pictures turned out. Another great thing is that Anja also enjoys reading my blog, so it’s funny that when I meet her for lunch, she dresses completely according to an article of that day, which was my article on the black and white trend. I will show you some of the pictures I took of her later this week.

I too was inspired to do something with black, white and colour and try my own tips of combining all 4 suggested elements into one outfit. Alas, I’m still in colourful mode, so couldn’t resist adding more than one colour to the mix. Instead I used a big patterned black & white bag to add that element, as well as mixed patterns, 2 highlight colours, a hat and red lipstick!

Stripes and colours from Mango

You have the mixed pattern of my bag, the stripes of my hairband, my graphical silver & white watch, the red and black of my hat and the polkadots of my belt. Even though I have used more than just black and white and added 2 extra colours, it’s still a simple colour combi and putting these all together gives it a graphical feel. Of course I would have liked to add the lady like look into the mix, but couldn’t find a good dress for the occasion. So instead I really splashed on the lipstick (inspired by Isabella Blow) to give the look a little bit of a lady-like feel.

Furla Sunglasses and stripes

Top: MPhosis
Trousers: Mango
Necklace: Alldressedup
Shoes: Ecco
Sunglasses: Furla
Watch: Bruno Nimaber

Thanks so much to Anja for taking the photographs. Unfortunately, she is off to Holland again so no more lunches for a while, but she can still be found at totally wowed and Double Dutch in Singapore.

How about you? Have you been having fun with patterns, colours, black & white, hats and Jewelry this weekend?



Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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