January 14, 2013

Black and White Monochrome Magic


ith the monochrome trend taking over the NYC and Paris catwalks, the black and white trend for Spring 2013 is back – bigger and better than ever before. Whether with graphic prints or stark contrast blocking, the spring runways have proven that everything really does stand out more in black and white.

It is refreshing to see monochrome styles after the festive season and its typical sequin-drenched outfit and the best thing about this trend is that if Christmas has blown your fashion budget, you may not even have to buy new clothing or accessories to achieve this look, as it is probably already hanging in your wardrobe!

Why wear monochrome?
Jessica Alba shows off how to pair black and white clothing together for a smart evening dress code.  (Photo credit: Entertainment Media Association, AP)

Jessica Alba shows off how to pair black and white clothing together for a smart evening dress code. (Photo credit: Entertainment Media Association, AP)

The new colour code is easy to emulate – it’s as simple as black and white.  It is a great clothing investment to make, as any new purchases will remain chic, timeless classics and black and white colours can be worn individually or incorporated into other fashion trends without too much difficulty.

Monochrome is great to wear when creating an elegant look or a bold edgy look.  This sculptured style is one of the easiest trends to execute and will definitely draw attention for all of the right reasons to flatter any body shape and size.

How to wear monochrome

Bright white and charcoal black is one of the simplest trends to embrace.  Regardless of the season or the store of purchase, black and white clothing and accessories are easy to come by and usually have a style to suit everybody.  Embrace the monochrome trend by sticking to stark contrasts of black and white and decide how much of which colour you wish to incorporate into your outfit, or opt for an equal balance.

For more formal looks for the office, clean-cut shapes, presenting a black and white collection filled with black tailored trousers are a must-have. Try combining a classic black jacket with white accessories or vice-versa for an on-trend bold statement. A simple top and trouser ensemble is an easy look to create and the monochrome look will be achieved.

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham has been enjoying  the monochromatic style in a white shirt and fitted black trousers. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham has been enjoying the monochromatic style in a white shirt and fitted black trousers. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Evening looks with white or black blazers over a dress are a night-time must have, or pair a jacket with a pretty all white fitted strappy bodice and skirt or trousers for a more chic, girly look.

For a more casual evening look, a fitted white shirt paired with black skinny jeans or leggings is a fail-safe look for a more relaxed style.

As we are looking forward to saying goodbye to winter and welcoming spring, incorporating more white into an outfit, with black accessories could be the perfect option for staying on trend and brightening up your look as the season continues.

Which celebrities are fashion forward?

Award season is in full swing and after the Golden Globes and the Oscars just around the corner, the A-list celebrities have been experimenting with their style and embracing the monochrome look.

Julianne Moore, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day-Lewis’ partner have all enjoyed wearing monochrome on the red carpet and no doubt there will be more revealing this look during the forthcoming weeks.

The celebrities look great wearing this trend and you can too as the style is so easy to emulate and even more easier to experiment with at little expense.  Worn individually as a block colour or together to complete the monochromatic style, be prepared to see the world in a new way – in black and white.

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