Monochrome has hit the nation, with many fashion retailers pushing statement pieces as part of the trends for this Spring. We originally saw the black and white block look back in 2009 but within just a space of a few years it’s experienced a major revival.
We all seem gripped and top designers are helping to make it more accessible to the masses, with Motel Rocks
for example offering a 30% discount on all pieces within the monochrome collection online. It has in fact become so big that it was even the inspiration for the décor at the Elle Style Awards 2013. Most attending didn’t disappoint and a lot of celebrities wore black and white too.
It is, in fact, the perfect trend while most people are finding less disposable income available to spruce up the wardrobe. Why? Because even though there are some great new pieces on the market, most of us already have a few plain items lying in the closet, whether it’s a black skirt or smart white double-cuff shirt (yes – guys can get involved as well). This means by picking up a new piece to couple up with what we’ve already got, we can keep up with the hottest trend without it costing a fortune – it is probably the easiest trend to execute. It is also one of the most chic of looks out there and never fails to gain attention.
So how do you get the monochromatic look? First you need to decide how much of each colour you want to incorporate – perhaps a mainly white outfit for a sunny outdoor event, or something generally darker and focusing more on black for the office. Then you need to look at introducing some texture behind the look – whether it’s done with a checkered box design on a belt, or a zigg zagg pattern within a top. Simple is best here – treat it like you would a canvas. A simple background, with further details on top based on your personality.
If you’re now ready to embrace the trend yourself you can pick up inspiration from what celebrities have been seen wearing at the London Fashion Week, before checking what you’ve got in your wardrobe and deciding what’s needed to complete your monochrome look. Set yourself a budget and then make sure you stick to it – luckily most clothes can be worn after the trend dies down so it should be more cost effective than keeping up with other Spring/Summer trends.