Our obsession with monochrome

We seem to have somewhat of an obsession with monochrome this season, and although neon shades are big for 2013, they’re not exactly everyday wear. Black and white hues are two of the easiest trends to master, so it was only natural for them to transpire together.

This particular trend boasts a timeless elegance, which means that it will stick around for longer than just the summer. Combining both of these sophisticated shades together adds a certain element of interest, whist creating a sharp silhouette.

Monochrome attire can be worn in one of two ways, either without any jewellery or alternatively, teamed with bright, over-the-top neon accessories. Neon, when combined with black and white adds a retro edge and one that is certainly proving popular on this season’s runways.


This simple styling is now prevalent with designers including that of Hobbs, who now make it a huge part of their occasion wear section. As well as being in style for 2013, monochrome is also a very flattering colour with certain styles creating the illusion of a slimmer waist. This is usually achieved through the use of cleverly placed shapes, stripes and lines.


Depending on the cut you choose, certain outfits can be dressed up or down. This can usually be achieved with the help of a few accessories, including shoes, tailored jackets and jewellery. You can also go one step further by applying dramatic make-up or alternatively, a daring hairstyle.


Lace was seen everywhere last season and when it comes to the monochrome trend, it’s often added as detailing to cocktail dresses. Instead of buying into a dress boasting head to toe lace, opt for a style that reveals just a hint of this fabric.


Diagonal lines have also gone mainstream this season and act as a clever way to create form-flattering precision. A dress featuring a crepe cowl neck in white that finishes on an angle and leads into a black skirt creates the illusion of body-lengthening symmetry across the waist.


Heels as always are still going strong and those that wish to create the appearance of longer legs quite simply need to invest in a pair of killer heels. You should however watch out for ankle straps, as these can often cut the leg off at the ankle, making legs appear shorter than they actually are,


We’d certainly recommend investing in this trend, especially if you have any smart events jotted down in the diary.




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