You'd be forgiven for equating a strictly black-and-white wardrobe with stark minimalism, but monochrome is getting a makeover for summer, and the new way of wearing the two (non) colors is decidedly more playful. The spring runways were chock-full of polka dots, stripes, and NASCAR-style checkerboard prints, and now, the trends have trickled down to the shelves of our favorite stores.
The best part? They look just as good worn head to toe as they do paired with, say, blue jeans or bold red accessories. Because though "summer goth" is a fun look for a little while, embracing something a little less stark is possible even if you can't help but gravitate toward all things black and white.
Click through to the gallery below to see how fashion girls are styling bold monochrome prints for summer, and the runway looks that inspired the trends—plus, shop the pieces you'll want to wear ASAP.
WHO: Camille Charrière
A voluminous dotted dress has instant ingénue appeal.
Play up the '50s vibe with some cat-eye statement shades.
Jacquemus S/S 17
WHO: Nicolette Mason
Monochrome + a red lip = perfection, every single time.
WHO: Romee Strijd
Aviators kick the NASCAR look up a notch.
Tome S/S 17
WHO: Ogo Offodile
You can't go wrong with stripes on stripes (on stripes on stripes).
WHO: Giovanna Battaglia-Engelbert
Don't leave for your next vacation without packing a chic striped cover-up.
Nina Ricci S/S 17