Monochrome – the trend that never goes away

Salt and Pepper. Laurel and Hardy. Ham and Eggs. Strawberries and cream. All great partnerships, together in perfection. And when it comes to colour combinations, the classic, the epitome of the perfect combination has to be black and white. Just this week, supermodel of the moment Gigi Hadid, showed how classically elegant black and white can be, teaming a white silk blouse and cigarette pants with strappy cage heels. The look was both timeless and current and showed why this is one style combination that will never go out of fashion.

As well as Gigi, many other style icons and celebrities have recently ignored the lure of a colourful wardrobe in favour of monochrome. From the effortless Diane Kruger, to Lupita Nyong’o, black and white is again becoming a major choice when it comes to the red carpet dressing, whilst current fashion collections, from High end to High Street, are following suit, and showing that monochrome can work well for boho styles and daytime looks, as well as glamorous evening attire. Paulie, which is currently offering free UK delivery and returns, has some fantastic monochrome pieces, including some included in their current sale. I am totally in love with Plein Sud contrast seamed dress which is currently half price and is just beautiful.

Also embracing the monochrome trend are ASOS, Dorothy Perkins and ASOS, who are all offering their own unique trend on a style classic. From stripes to stars, jumpsuits to animal print, there is sure to be a way to add black and white to your wardrobe without abandoning your own style.

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Get Monochrome style

 Plein Sud Contrast Seam Dress in Ivory now  £238.00 Click to visit Paulie

Plein Sud
Contrast Seam Dress in Ivory now £238.00 Click to visit Paulie

 Paulie Contrast Cashmere Jumper now £137.50 Click to visit Paulie

Paulie
Contrast Cashmere Jumper
now £137.50 Click to visit Paulie

 Hale Bob V-Neck Beaded Blouse £280.00 Click to visit Paulie

Hale Bob
V-Neck Beaded Blouse
£280.00 Click to visit Paulie

 Carley Textured Jacket Sale £48.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Carley Textured Jacket
Sale
£48.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

 Textured Spot Dress Sale £29.50 Click to visit Phase Eight


Textured Spot Dress
Sale
£29.50 Click to visit Phase Eight

Black and white Sleeveless Top     Price: £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and white Sleeveless Top
Price: £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Petite Black And White Dress     Price: £20.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Petite Black And White Dress
Price: £20.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and white heart snood     Was £10.00     Now £8.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and white heart snood
Was £10.00
Now £8.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

ASOS CURVE Twist Bardot Skater Dress in Ditsy Star Print £30.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS CURVE Twist Bardot Skater Dress in Ditsy Star Print
£30.00 Click to visit ASOS

Lost Property of London Arlington Saddle Bag £260.00 Click to visit ASOS

Lost Property of London Arlington Saddle Bag
£260.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Striped Tee With Am I French Yet Slogan £16.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Striped Tee With Am I French Yet Slogan
£16.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Longline Top In Stripe With Side Splits and Long Sleeves £18.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Longline Top In Stripe With Side Splits and Long Sleeves
£18.00 Click to visit ASOS

What are your thoughts on monochrome – fashion do or fashion don’t?

 

 

Monochrome Chic at Coast

For many of us, Summer is the season where we truly embrace colour, littering our wardrobe with pretty pastels and citrus brights that seem to shimmer and sparkle once we have some gorgeous sunshine. But another chic option for Summer dressing has to be the always classic monochrome.

Black and white are timeless and stylish. It has been a popular choice for some of the most famous style icons of all time, from Audrey Hepburn, who first immortalised monochrome in a beautiful Givenchy gown in Sabrina, and then sent it to new heights in Cecil Beaton’s Royal Ascot gown in ‘My Fair Lady’ (Although Eliza shouting ‘move yer bleedin a*** may have spoiled the effect slightly). Grace Kelly and Princess Diana gave it the royal seal of approval, a seal which has continued through the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. Today monochrome elegance is as popular as ever, with Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba just some of the stars who wear this look, both on the red carpet, and off.

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Grace Kelly in Rear Window – Edith Head

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Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs

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Coast has just unveiled a gorgeous new collection that is made up of monochrome pieces. There are full-skirted designs that Grace Kelly would’ve been proud to have in her wardrobe, neat shift dresses and pencil designs similar to those sported by Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham, and chic separates that would easily grace a working wardrobe, or look amazing for evening attire.

Here are some of the best pieces from the Coast monochrome collection – do you have a favourite?

KIRA CHECK DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

KIRA CHECK DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

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IRRIS CHECK SKIRT £85.00 click here to view
QUEENS SHELL TOP £35.00 click here to view

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MILLAS LACE SKIRT
£65.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI £35.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI
£35.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS £135.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS
£135.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

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Wallis Definitives Collection – Monochrome Magic

I love colour in my wardrobe, but sometimes it is good to see the world in black and white. And that may be why I am in love with the latest collection from Wallis. Called the  ‘Definitives collection’, this is a range of black and white pieces designed to be mixed and matched for the ultimate in minimalist, elegant styling.

What is the collection like? This collection seems to be inspired by the Kings of minimalism- Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, with lots of clean lines, sheer panels, and some great jackets. Add in some elements of Donna Karan and Victoria Beckham (the lace insert dress reminds me of the last collection from Victoria Beckham) and what you get is a versatile collection that is ultimately very wearable.

Of course, sometimes even the most monochrome of fashion needs a shock of colour, and that is what you get on the black sequin palm print dress, with a dash of neon yellow on the hemline, and the palm print jersey dress, which has soft brown mixed in with the black.  (perfect with tan leather accessories). But, on the whole, for me it is the stark white and black pieces that stand out. Effortless, timeless and managing to be fashion forward, and yet classic at the same time, these are pieces that you will be wearing year, after year, after year.

Black And White Sequin Palm Tunic Dress     Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Black And White Sequin Palm Tunic Dress
Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Lace Insert Dress     Price: £55.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Lace Insert Dress
Price: £55.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Utility Jumpsuit     Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Utility Jumpsuit
Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Lace Insert Camisole     Price: £28.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Lace Insert Camisole
Price: £28.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Stripe Knitted Top     Price: £26.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Stripe Knitted Top
Price: £26.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Satin Back Long Jacket     Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Satin Back Long Jacket
Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Printed Tapered Trousers     Price: £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Printed Tapered Trousers
Price: £30.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Wide Leg Trousers     Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Ivory Wide Leg Trousers
Price: £50.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Sleeveless Jacket     Price: £55.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Sleeveless Jacket
Price: £55.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Crochet Lace Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Crochet Lace Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Palm Print Shift Dress     Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Palm Print Shift Dress
Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Palm Print Dress     Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Palm Print Dress
Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

 

To view the whole collection, click here to visit Wallis.

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