Monochrome madness

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MONOCHROME is the one wardrobe essential which can always be relied upon.

There is something rather sleek about merging the ever timeless black and white. It’s classic, it’s cool and timeless.
The stark contrast of the two shades combined brings a fresh and bold statement without being too try hard. So as predicted, monochrome is set to see yet another successful revival throughout the whole of 2014.
The good news is, most of you will already have some form of monochrome lingering within your wardrobe. And not only is it the perennial style pairing which can take you from work to play, it’s also effortless to pull off no matter what your age, body shape or skin tone. The power is all in the uni-colour.
From the beatnik look of the 1960s to a slightly more futuristic take on the trend, the black and white combo can look supremely stylish if worn the correct way.
My main piece of advice would simply be to avoid trying out this look head-to-toe — no-one wants to resemble Michael Keaton’s titular character in Beetlejuice.
A black and white jacket is one way to ease yourself into this trend whilst still making a statement. Pair a biker jacket or blazer with a zesty top and jeans for a bold but laid-back look. Say no to combining black and white fur in order to avoid stepping on Cruella De Ville territory.
This biker jacket from Pied a Tierre is chic and cool at the same time. Throw on over a playsuit or dress to add instant edge to an outfit.
As well as being a great look for evening, monochrome can also be easily worked into your office attire. A simple blouse teamed with trousers and a statement necklace will show you mean business. Head to Zara or M&S for some tailored pieces which won’t break the bank.
On the spring 2014 catwalks, Missoni embraced the brand’s traditional prints in shades of black and white. Eclectic patterns emulating waves or abstract shapes stood out when smattered across dresses and tailored trousers.
This is a look which has already filtered to the high street, with the likes of H&M and Primark releasing mod-inspired collections just in time for spring.
This check-print shift dress from George at Asda nails two trends at once and exudes modern-femininity. This could also be dressed up for evening with some high heels and statement jewellery.
But if all else fails and you still find a monochromic outfit a bit dull or daunting, then a black and white tote bag paired with a classic LBD can also revamp your look without seeming overpowering.
Channel the French Riviera look by going glamorous with sunnies and a breezy sailor striped top. If it’s good enough for Coco Chanel…

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