Frugal Snob Simpson Sisters: A Bold Contrast

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Guest blog by — Julia DiNardo , the founder/editor of Fashion Pulse

Although I wouldn’t quite call myself a huge fan of Jessica or Ashlee Simpson’s music or general fashion choices, I do have to remark that when they are dressed casually, in a simple, paired-down, yet stylish way, I think they look at their best. Case in point is this image of the two sisters; I wouldn’t be surprised if they had purposely coordinate their outfits to match, but either way the looks come across as laid-back, put-together chic. Who can really go wrong with a lot of black mixed with some black and white pieces?

To get the “Simpson sisters black & white look,” start off with a great black handbag. Either choose from the framed, reptilian sort, or a slouchy hobo will do the trick. Anya Hindmarch for Target Small Python Hobo Bag in Black ($34.99, Target) or the Quilted Faux-Leather Hobo ($10, Old Navy). If you want to splurge– check out the Anya Hindmarch Vigo Python hobo


simpsonsis4.jpgNext on the list would be a black cardigan or shrunken blazer to wear over your high contrast top. Stay relatively warm and stylin’ In this Priorities Black Wool Blend ‘Luella’ Cropped Jacket ($69, Bluefly.com) or add a touch of refinement with this & Simply Vera Vera Wang Solid Blazer ($61, Kohl’s).

simpsonsis3.jpgAnd now, for the most integral part of the look: the black and white shirt! For a casual take, go with the Eco-Ganik Black and White Striped Racerback Tank ($85, Singer22.com) or the JoyRich Black and White Three-Quarter Sleeve Top ($48, RevolveClothing.com). What also would work is this Michael Stars Heather Stripe Turtleneck ($36, Nordstrom) or the Tory Burch Abby Boatneck Top ($81, Tory Burch). This look is also attainable by simply wearing a white long sleeve crewneck or v-neck tee paired with a black and white scarf. If you opt for this route, try the Black & White Plaid Scarf at Oak for $42 or the inexpensive Buffalo Plaid Scarf for $6.99 at Charlotte Russe.

simpsonsis2.jpgAlthough the picture doesn’t quite show what pants the ladies are sporting, we would recommend some black leggings if the tops are a moderate, tunic length, or skinny black jeans, like the J Brand Stockholm Jean in Noir ($196, Singer22.com). So as you can see, you can totally hit the mark with “Simpson sisters black & white look” and still have some money to shop those post-holiday sales!

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— Julia DiNardo is the founder/editor of Fashion Pulse — visit the site for daily updates on trends, runway collections, industry buzz, beauty, and more.

Images via instyle.com

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