What’s black, white and chic all over? A monochrome outfit, of course. From cool new tailoring to contrasting textures, discover ways to wear monochrome this season (and beyond)…
Utterly flawless and always on trend, a monochrome outfit is the choice of impeccably dressed women across the globe. Even the most colour-obsessed (aka us!) love the sleek simplicity of a black and white ensemble. It works with all skin tones and hair colours and makes getting dressed in the morning a breeze. So, if you want to streamline your look, read on for a masterclass in monochrome.
Head to toe
The quickest way to achieve a polished look with little-to-no effort? An all-black outfit. Ultra-flattering and stylish, top-to-toe black is a fail-safe option for any occasion. If you’re feeling a little more daring, try white-on-white. Tonal tailoring is the epitome of timeless elegance, while broderie anglaise dresses look so fresh in summer. For a more subtle approach, choose cream or ivory hues.
It’s all about checks when it comes to monochrome and it’s not hard to see why. From gingham to plaid, black and white checks are effortlessly stylish. Make this tried-and-true print the focal point of your look with a check dress or opt for smart separates like a houndstooth skirt or jacket. Your new 9-5 wardrobe? Check.
It might be easy to wear, but monochrome doesn’t have to mean ‘boring’. Feeling adventurous? Pick contrasting textures and on-trend details to elevate minimalist outfits. Semi-sheer lace, puff sleeves or a statement collar will add instant drama to white or black tops.
Give your trusty blue jeans the day off and opt for black instead. The perfect foundation to a multitude of looks, black jeans can be dressed up or down. Add a little edge to casual outfits with a biker jacket and boots or go glam with a silky cami and heels. On the other end of the colour spectrum, white denim acts as a blank canvas and will take your look into the warmer months.
Playful polka dots
We can’t talk about monochrome without mentioning polka dots – they go hand in hand! From work to weekend, this retro-style print is endlessly versatile. Mix and match supersize spots with small dots or put your outfit firmly in the spotlight (sorry, not sorry) with a standout polka dot midi dress.
A pop of colour
If you usually shy away from colour, a monochrome outfit is the perfect opportunity to try out daring shades without overwhelming the rest of your look. Go all out with statement piece like a brightly coloured coat or jacket, and keep the rest of your outfit neutral. And, why not let your make-up do the talking? We’ll take any excuse to don a bold lip…