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Monochrome Madness

Come A/W cute pastels and neon brights begin to disappear and are replaced with a much darker and more muted colour palette – including the classic combination black, white and grey. Monochrome is one of those trends that will never grow old, no matter how many seasons it has been around for – and trust me; it has been around for quite a few! As we all know, black is timeless, perfect for little dresses, skinny jeans, and leather biker jackets. However, white can be much harder to pull off, especially if like me, and you’re more milk bottle than bronzed goddess. When paired together though, black and white look classy, cool and stylish. Monochrome is a great way to introduce more versatility into your winter wardrobe, with bold block colours, houndstooth prints and amazing separates all making an appearance on the high street this winter.

Monochrome colours (we’re going to include grey here too, just to give you a few more options) were all over the A/W 14 catwalks this summer, with designers showing us exactly how to wear the trend. Balenciaga teamed oversized grey knitwear with statement black pieces, such as skirts and trousers, a perfect way to incorporate this trend into your day-to-day campus wardrobe. Jessica Alba recently wowed in a grey fisherman knit jumper, layered over a white vest and teamed it with a killer pair of black leather trousers, an exquisite example of how to add an edge to your look! Celine, Louis Vuitton and DKNY also featured a monochrome palette in their A/W shows; ranging from furry black and white coats, to pleated leather skirts, to beautiful printed dresses. These looks were more over-the-top than the understated simple sweater-and-skirt combo, however a statement black and white dress paired with some stroppy blackheels will never fail to impress! Team with a red nail polish and lipstick, and you’re ready to go! Red lipstick and/or nail varnish always works well with monochrome looks, adding a pop of colour without taking any attention away from the outfit itself. Check out Sarah- Jane Crawford, Xtra Factor host and Radio 1 DJ, for inspiration on how to rock a red nail and lipstick combo!

Taking inspiration from the catwalk, the high street stores are packed with monochrome looks just waiting to be worn, at very reasonable prices. New Look has nailed the trend effortlessly, with monochrome houndstooth co-ords (as seen above) for under £30, cosy blanket wraps in Aztec prints for £19.99 and glam shift dresses, perfect for a night out, at only £25! Although many of these items may initially be seen as evening wear, it only takes a small change to completely transform an outfit. Take for instance, the skort and crop top set that our model is wearing; pair it with some thick woolly tights, a cute pair of chunky ankle boots and an oversized boyfriend coat, and you have a stylish yet comfy campus-appropriate outfit! Or, add some platform heels, a black clutch bag and some statement jewellery and you’re ready to hit Prince of Wales Road! A simple white, or black and white striped shirt, paired with a pair of skinny black trousers/ jeans is also an easy way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe. Gold jewellery, such as the chain necklace from River Island in the photos, will add an extra hint of glamour to your look.



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September 2021
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