So color’s not really your thing—not a problem. Courtney Trop of Always Judging wants you to know that black and white doesn’t have to be, well, so black and white when it comes to your fall wardrobe. It’s all about mixing in interesting prints and cool textures, or making sure you have that one standout piece. Trop has plenty of experience with a neutral closet—just check out her blog for proof—so when we challenged the Los Angeles native to assemble four noteworthy black-and-white looks, we knew she’d pass our test with flying, er, colors.
Photographer: Justin Coit
Market Editor: Nicole Akhtarzad
“My goal is to travel to colder cities, so I can dress for fall. Tibi is my favorite for coats; every season, I invest in one.”
Credits: Wildfox Winona Sunglasses ($199) in Silver & Black; Tibi Kai Boiled Wool Coat ($595) in Ivory; IRO Carline Print Dress ($619) in Black & White; Gabriela Artigas Infinite Hook Earring ($187) in Gold; Gabriela Artigas Infinite Tusk Earrings ($330) in Gold; Astley Clarke Giant Astley Locket ($450) in Silver; J. Hannah Pinky Signet Ring ($535) in Gold; Jennifer Meyer Yellow Gold Cone Ring ($675); Alexander Wang Pelican Clutch ($895) in Embossed Matte Black; Hue Scalloped Pointelle Socks ($7) in Black; Zimmermann Keltie Low Chelsea Boots ($495) in Black.
“I actually saw these shoes on the runway. I remember sitting there and snapping them at the show, thinking ‘I really need these shoes.’ They were the first things I grabbed when I walked in [the Who What Wear closet].”
“When it comes to jewelry, I keep it dainty and I wear a lot. Almost all my jewelry is real. I am all about investing, because as much as I love my costume jewelry, it’s just not as timeless. Gabriela Artigas is one of my favorite brands.”
“My favorite music changes every single day. I love the DJ Flume and have an account on Hype Machine, so anybody can follow me and have my playlists. The song I’ve been listening to a lot right now is Lemaitre’s “High Tide.”
Credits: Alexander Wang Cotton Burlap Top with Frayed Hem ($325) in White; Equipment Betsie Shirt ($148) in Bright White; Elizabeth and James Mercy Leather Skirt ($895) in Black; Gabriela Artigas Infinite Hook Earring ($187) in Gold; Gabriela Artigas Infinite Tusk Earrings ($330) in Gold; Luv AJ Dagger Huggies ($35) in Silver; IPPOLITA Sterling Silver Stella 3-Part Ring with Diamonds ($3,295); Gabriela Artigas Infinite Tusk Ring ($132) in Yellow Gold; J. Hannah Pinky Signet Ring ($535) in Gold; Mansur Gavriel Mini Backpack ($585) in Black; Alexander Wang Natalya Open-Toe Slingback Leather Pumps ($595) in Black.
“This would be my Fashion Week look. It’s the most put-together outfit out of the group.”
“I have been looking for this bag for a year and a half, and finally got my hands on it. I haven’t taken it off since I got it; it’s going to come to Fashion Week with me.”
“I can’t leave home without my Chanel Rouge Coco Baume ($35). I used to be a big lipstick girl and wear all these crazy lipsticks, but ever since I got that lip balm, it’s the only thing I wear.”
Credits: RAEN Arkin 47MM Sunglasses ($120) in Black; RtA Leather Industrial Shirt ($635) in Black; Etre Cecile French Fury Long T-Shirt ($135) in White & Black; Sandro Jones High Waist Flounce Skirt ($245, similar style); Eddie Borgo Bicone Gauge Earrings ($200) in Silver; Gabriela Artigas Infinite Tusk Earrings ($330) in Gold; Luv AJ Saber Palm Cuff ($99) in Silver and Dagger Huggies ($35) in Silver; Jennifer Fisher Double Ball Ring ($400) in 14K White Gold; Zadig and Voltaire Bim Deluxe Camera Bag ($480) in Black; Aquazurra Sexy Fringe Snakeskin Cutout Sandals ($945) in Black.
“I usually wear graphic prints with something clean-cut and dressier. I like that the leather piece is a button-down and not a jacket, because it could be too cookie cutter and put-together otherwise.”
“I think there has to be one piece in [your look] that really stands out, like one piece that is actually really cool, but a neutral color. The shoes really make the outfit pop.”
“I feel like there is a little bohemian in all of my outfits, but not too much.”
Credits: Janessa Leone Vincent Hat (price upon request); IRO Abril Blazer ($639) in Ecru; Reformation Cardamom Dress ($198) in Black; American Apparel Dahlia Lace Bra ($20) in Baby Blue; Mother The Looker Crop Jeans ($195) in A Model Spy; Gabriela Artigas Infinite Tusk Earrings ($330) in Gold and Men's Tusk Tie Pin ($125, worn as an earring); AS29 Wing Pinky Ring ($3,960) in 18K White Gold with White Diamonds; J. Hannah Pinky Signet Ring ($535) in Gold; Luv AJ Dagger Huggies ($35) in Silver; Bionda Castana Erika Two Tone High Sandals ($332).
“Los Angeles makes me super casual. Put me somewhere else outside of LA, and I definitely dress up.”
“My style in three words: basic, clean, and innovative.”
“Anyone who follows me knows that I wear a hat like five times a week.”
Alexander Wang Cotton Burlap Top with Frayed Hem ($325)