Mad For Monochrome

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Johanna Payton

monochrome trend miss selfridgeIt was a big hit in the 60s, and now black and white fashion is back with a vengeance. Armani sealed the deal in Milan this week, when his models took to the runway in stylish white jackets with a black trim; cropped black cigarette pants with a contrast white hem; black and white hats; wide-legged, black silk trousers with white-trimmed tunics; black strappy sandals with a white platform sole; flowing silk bandeau dresses with a subtle black and white colour block; and daring, plunge-neck bodycons with bold monochrome-blocking.

Flattering to most figures and skin tones, monochrome is a trend you can keep working through to Christmas – and beyond. Chic and sleek, it works best when you focus on clean lines and simple designs and either choose black and white separates, or a striking monochrome dress with a mixture of black and white accessories.

You can go wrong with monochrome, particularly if you dare to add a splash of colour to the mix. As a rule, monochrome is a strong enough statement on its own, and adding a colour pop bag, or even a bangle, can throw a monochrome outfit completely off kilter. Even make-up should be neutral to really carry off this trend.

If you want to bust-out the monochrome right now – in the midst of what promises to be an Indian summer – try a shift dress, like this pretty mini by Yumi. Wear it while the sun shines with white sandals, and then pop a stylish polo neck jumper underneath when the weather finally cools down (this is a look that totally captures the mod trend too).

For something utterly stunning that will rock the Christmas party, think short, revealing bodycons – the monochrome will only accentuate the daring style of the dress. I love Motel’s rose print dress and the chiffon-topped monochrome bodycon by ASOS.

And although it’s a stark combo, black and white can warm you up too – just a bit more stylishly than your bog-standard knitwear can. Pop on cooperative designs’ grid jumper, Warehouse’s beatnik jumper dress or Sass & Bide’s utterly gorgeous frill-shouldered top to keep toasty – and look phenomenal at the same time.

 

Luxe your monochrome

monochrome trend luxeShop the Look: Windsmoor tweed pea coat £199, Chesca spot flared dress £175, Jaeger blouse £115, Emilio Pucci slim printed silk scarf £92.75, Karen Millen patent Mary Jane £95.
 

Work your monochrome

 monochrome trend work outfit

Shop the look: Oasis gamine collar dress £50, Ann Harvey Women’s Contrast collar blazer £85,  L.K. Bennett Jane shoe £110, Burberry rectangular watch £225, ASOS oversized dog tooth tote £36.

Funk-up your monochrome

monochrome trend funk up outfitShop the look: Reiss Nopi fluffy crew knit £89, New Look Tall tie front starry top £19.99, Ted Baker checked pleated skirt £99,  Melissa stiletto print peep toe ballerina pump £42, Ann Harvey cube print scarf £7.50.

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