Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Spring Trends: Monochrome

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Is it just me or does it feel like only yesterday that this trend was a hot topic of fashion conversation?  That said, it is a pretty easy one to wear for any age group and doesn't have to break the bank if you already own a classic white shirt and either a black skirt or trousers and as you can see from the celebrities above who were all front row at Marc Jacobs last week, it is a trend that works equally well for both dramatic evening as well as more laid back daytime looks.  For me the key is not to add a pop of colour like you normally would to give your outfit a different dimension, but stick purely to black and white whether it be in blocks, stripes, checks or zebra prints.

Monochrome will definitely be around next season and was featured at both the New York and London shows, so you needn't worry about wasting your money on a one season wonder and if you don't wish to go the whole hog and be mistaken for a zebra crossing, there are loads of gorgeous monochrome accessories around at the moment that will work wonderfully with red, yellow or cobalt blue. Sass and Bide have incorporated yellow alongside monochrome for their autumn/winter collection, so if you want to be one step ahead, just add a large bright envelope clutch to your look.


Sergio Rossi £530.82 at Farfetch. Jigsaw silk collar knitted dress £139. Karen Millen cardigan £85. Warehouse jacket £75. Oasis Clutch £25. Asos Trousers £35. Planet zebra print jersey dress £79. Mango Houndstooth pencil skirt was £29.99 now £14.99. Kurt Gieger sandals £195.

Do you plan on wearing monochrome this season? Are there any pieces you have your eye on?

Karen Millen Fashions Limited


  1. Love the Kurt Geiger sandals! I think monochrome can look very classy...just depends on how you style it!
    ~Anne xx

  2. This so reminds me of the Mod era when I was growing up (now I've really given my age away ;-)
    Both are my fav colors but separately; I live in white in the summer and black in the winter. I guess that doesn't count ;-)

  3. I love the monochrome look and for me its a great way to sneak a little black into my wardrobe!

  4. I'm not a massive fan of monochrome as I feel it's to 'easy' I prefer a bit of a challenge matching colours or wearing contrasting colours but having said that its a easy look for anyone to pull off so I can see it being very popular.

  5. Love that Jigsaw dress and the KG shoes - although I'm not a big fan of the monochrome look, especially for spring when I'm thinking of a splash of colour creeping in to the wardrobe.

  6. You know my thoughts on Monochrome, classy, stylish and fabulous - worn correctly that is. Pleased you liked the Sass & Bide post, thank you Sharron x

  7. Hi there! It is a nice trend and if I do see something I really like, maybe a bag or shirt then I might go for stripes in monochrome xx

  8. Hi Sharon,

    Great blog post, as always!

    I’m particularly like the Warehouse jacket and Oasis trousers.

    I think along the same lines as you, that the look is best achieved without any colour, just black and white.

    I’ve also been posting about the latest trends for Spring/Summer ’13, including the monochrome look, on my blog, www.lukesutton.net/blog.html.

    Take a look! And feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to read your feedback.



  9. Some body types work with certain dress styles. Take photos of dresses you find to stores to give the consultant a better idea of what you want or something similar.


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