Mad for Monochrome

30 Jul 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Black and white and cool all over is the trans-seasonal trend to try, says Penny Fray

Have you heard? The pairing of black and white may be easy, but it’s definitely not dull. This summer, the classic combo comes in a striking array of prints, textures and quirky accessories.

Stand-out styles on the catwalks range from sophisticated at Balmain to a more relaxed, global traveller vibe at Isabel Marant.

Try the head-to-toe trend with a bold-print dress or playsuit paired with a statement sandal. Remember, the more graphic the pattern, the greater the impact. So max out on minimal monochrome in stripes, geometric and check prints.


Etro’s monochrome dress is designed with the label’s signature paisley motif on one side and an exotic leaf print on the other. It’s cut from silk crêpe de chine and has split sides that emphasise its fluid feel. Highlight the mini hemline with bare legs. From RO593


Back to front earrings are seriously on-trend at the moment and have finally filtered down from the catwalk to the malls. This pair from Wallis ooze retro chic and cost from RO4


The gladiator is the season’s chic sandal with a short hemline. This Zara version is accented with fringing for extra fashion points. From RO60


Mango’s leather sash belt is the perfect way to accentuate your waist and add a little structure to an otherwise boho outfit. From RO18


Fringed bags may have been big news this summer, but they also top the list for autumn. This textured hobo version by Orsay is roomy and can be worn across the body. Practical and pretty. From RO21


1. Who says a playsuit should be reserved for the young and slender? Look for a structured all-in-one with a flattering A-line shape. Add a blazer and heels if you want to go from beach to boardroom in a flash.
2. Feeling brave in your fashion quest? Clash your monochrome prints. Think stripes with florals and checks with spots.
3. This season, anything goes. If you have to add a pop of colour, go for citrus hues like orange or yellow.

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