Rethink: Black & White Stripes

Moving past the zig zag & zebra

I’m a big fan of sophisticated, high-contrast black & white, especially in its simplest form: stripes. And I’ve been so thrilled to see the black & white stripe reinvented with a twist — diagonal, calligraphic, banded, thick/thin, and offset, it’s all eye-catching and Sexy with a capital S.

Rethink: black & white stripes

1. Burberry canvas printed tote, $595
2. Diagonal striped pillow, $22.50
3. Black stripe pillow in canvas/linen, $60
4. DVF striped Leigh dress, $325*
5. Kate Spade Earn Your Stripes Idiom Bangle, $48
6. Emilia Ceramics zebra vase, $110
7. Nicole Cohen “Black Star” series, 36″x24″, $250
8. Selamat Rio Lounge Chair, $999 — on One King’s Lane NOW!
9. DVF Home Mashiko medium platter, $110
10. Carven striped canvas pumps, $595
11. DVF Jessalyn dress, $325*
12. Lauren Merkin Iris clutch, $295
13. Missoni Ina beach towel, $205

This roundup has actually inspired me to attempt a single black diagonal stripe treatment in my powder room! I figure if it doesn’t work out, I can always go all black. What do you think, should I go for it?

Oh and don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you haven’t already!

*Seriously, Diane von Furstenburg has outdone herself lately — an entire post on her collections alone is definitely in order!


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. Do it, girl – my header is a closet I did in a zig zag pattern with a yardstick and sponge brushes. I know you can do it! Where the #%$!@ is your rug???
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    1. Ha ha just checked on it today. Post office there has been on strike! I’ll let you know when I get it, for sure!

  2. Please, please, please snatch up that diagonal pillow! LOVE it! Everything in this roundup is amazing! And clearly DVF can do no wrong!