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Aquilano Rimondi A-line
Framed in black, it draws in the eye as well as the waistline. $1,225. Holt Renfrew.
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Oscar de la Renta tweed dress
The inverted prints are an unexpected take on the theme. $1,625. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333.
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Anne Klein shirt-dress
It’s houndstooth and long-sleeved—and still sexy. $99. The Bay, 176 Yonge St., 416-861-9111.
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Word art T-shirt
Graffiti might be banned in T.O., but this Comme des Garçons shirt makes the outlaw art form downright fashionable. $220. TNT, 87 Avenue Rd., 416-975-1960.
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Brigitte Bardot nailed the ’60s sex kitten look in shades by Oliver Goldsmith—still the go-to for great sunglasses. $380. Josephson Opticians, 60 Bloor St. W., 416-964-7070.
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The easiest way for a man to up his style game is with a simple printed tie, no colour required. Left: Duchamp tie. $160. Right: Paul Smith tie. $135. Holt Renfrew.
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Patent leather, contrasting piping and bow laces—these Prada brogues are standout shoes that can carry a look all by themselves. $450. Holt Renfrew.
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The oversized Saved by the Bell–era sweater is making a comeback. Not for the fashion faint of heart. $35. H&M, 1 Dundas St. W., 416-623-2090.
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This unstructured silk Comme des Garçons jacket is the perfect way for guys to experiment with pyjama style—and not look like Hugh Hefner. $1,960. TNT.
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Smythe makes a hyper-tailored version of the quintessential autumn jacket, complete with leather elbow patches. $595. Holt Renfrew.
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These limited edition Chucks feature original illustrations by the comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. $80. Get Outside Shoes, 437 Queen St. W., 416-593-5598.
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Silk floral pants
J. Crew’s tailored silk trousers turn been-there-done-that florals into a starkly beautiful fashion statement. $600. J. Crew, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-785-3682.
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Leopard prints make an appearance almost every fall. The zebra deserves another crack. $85. Banana Republic, 80 Bloor St. W., 416-515-0018.
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Bo San Chan
25, sales assistant“The black and white stripes create the illusion of length, so it’s okay that the dress is short. Plus it matches my dog, Chase!”
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31, co-owner of the vintage boutique Pretty Freedom “I’m not afraid of colour, but I like this shirt with these black jeans—they’re my staples.”
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73, accounting at Ontario Science Centre“I like the pattern on this skirt and jacket. They’re easy to throw together and always look sharp and clean.”
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20, student“I always get compliments on these pants. My wardrobe is almost all black and white, so everything matches.”
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20, student“I love the zebra print on this dress. There’s actually a zebra in the pattern, which I thought was clever.”
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80, photo artist“I like the structure of black and white clothes. They look architectural. And they make a good base for accessories.”
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Francine Di Lorenzo
25, medical technician“The black and white in this dress is low-key, but the cut-outs make it unexpectedly sexy.”
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24, visual merchandiser, Topshop“Black and white is so easy to wear. It lets you mix random pieces like ripped shorts and long-sleeved shirts.”
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25, musician“I work in retail and see a lot of trends come and go, but I like black and white because it’s classic.”
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The Look: Opposites Attract