We’ve all tried at some point in our lives to stay on trend with what the fashion world has to offer. All of you fashion conscious individuals out there know that it’s like trying to catch quicksand. The minute you actually have enough money to buy something, a new trend gets thrown at you faster than you can say Coco Chanel. I think you can agree with me by saying it’s an absolute nightmare on your bank account and your soul.
Without even trying, you can easily get intimidated and lost with what you should and shouldn’t be wearing. We’ve all gone out and purchased that top because it’s so “in” right now. I feel like we all fall into the trap of looking to the hottest trends in a desperate attempt to feel inspired. Especially as we enter that uncomfortably awkward transitional phase from winter to spring. Right now, the weather can’t even make up its mind, so how on Earth do you expect me to do the same?
More often than not, I’ll find myself staring aimlessly at a wardrobe full of clothes, claiming that I don’t have anything to wear. Yes we’ve all done it before. We’re girls, it’s what we do. Sometimes when you hit that crisis, going back to the basics is the best way forward. There is nothing more striking and self-empowering than a monochromatic look. It’s sophisticated, confident and classic. These are three things that every women should aspire to be.
As elegant as it can be, some might consider it as “playing it safe”. There’s that underlying fear that a monochromatic look will come across as boring and flat. Realistically no girl wants her outfit to resemble a matching tracksuit. We’re not in the 90’s anymore, let’s put that away please!
It’s so easy to pair your favourite black skirt with your favourite black top and your favourite black shoes…
…Been there, done that. Yes it happens to the best of us. In my defence I did play up on the accessories!
An all black outfit is every girl’s saving grace. It’s an easy compromise when your feeling lazy as f*ck to scavenge through your wardrobe. Trust me I would know, it’s evidently saved my ass on numerous occasions. It’s simple, convenient and you instantly look (and feel) sophisticated. Can you really blame me for being so predictable?
Seeing as it’s 2017 I think we can do a little better, don’t you?
Here’s my attempt at upgrading the all black outfit and going monochromatic this season:
Monochromatic looks don’t necessarily have to be black and white. It’s easy to think that a monochromatic look means only wearing one shade of one colour. Hello! There are multiple shades in the spectrum, don’t be lazy.
When attempting a monochromatic look, you instantly sign yourself up for the potential criticism of trying to make a fashion statement.
So you know what? You’d better do a damn good job and commit to it.
Luckily monochromatic looks allow you the freedom to experiment. Here are my key tips to mastering monochrome:
1) Balance is essential
Culottes are definitely not an item of clothing that I feel 100% comfortable wearing. I’m more of a skinny jeans wearing kind of girl. Once upon a time, I said that I would never be caught dead in wide legged trousers (I know what you’re thinking. You’re starting to see the pattern here. I really need to stop making such bold and definitive claims!). Never say never because adding these to my wardrobe has been a breath of fresh air. My looks were becoming predictable. Ripped skinny jeans are great but fashion is all about being bold and daring.
With this outfit I thought I’d play around with different silhouettes. It’s clear that culottes are anything but structured so it’s easy to fall into the mindset of feeling frumpy. To avoid feeling like I was strutting around in my pyjamas, I chose a classic structured long black coat. This not only adds definition to the overall look but it balances out the movement of the culottes (I don’t advise you wear these when it’s windy, they’ll constantly flop about and piss you off. It’ll be the biggest regret you make of that day. Trust me!).
2) Don’t be afraid of pattern
Adding pattern in any shape or form can be intimidating to anyone, myself included. You would probably never ever see me in a leopard print anything so I thought that I would start off with stripes (baby steps!). I liked the stripes on the culottes because it breaks up the black visually but also adds some dimension to the look. We all know that vertical stripes are the way to go when you want that extra height (definitely an extra added bonus to my fellow 5’4″ girls out there).
3) Bring your look to life by adding texture
Ruffles continue to reign as one of this seasons hottest trend in the fashion game. If you haven’t seen it then go into Zara and I assure you that it will be impossible to miss. You literally can’t turn your head without seeing an item of clothing without ruffle detailing. I absolutely love it because it’s feminine and it can bring an essence of haute couture to high-street fashion. This ruffled jumper minimises the overall look from becoming flat. It adds just a touch of femininity that complements the bow on the trousers.
4) It’s all in the details
These have been blowing up all over my Instagram feed over the past few months. I guess it’s an acquired trend, where you’ll think they’re either stylish or slutty. Of course my initial reaction and opinion was the latter of the two. I was not keen but like everything I see on Instagram, it’s definitely inspired me. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I think it’s subtle enough in the overall look that it adds something unique.
Keeping with the classic theme, of course I had to add a touch of Chanel. With accessories you don’t want to add too much if you’re going crazy with texture and pattern. That’s not to say that accessories aren’t important but subtlety is essential. Plus you can never go wrong with pearl details or a Chanel GST!
There’s literally nothing that beats a pair of over-sized sunglasses to help you maximise a killer look.
The Classic Red Lip
Instinctively, when I wear black and white my go to lip shade is red. For me it adds that pop of colour to make a statement! Go big or go home right? I went with a deeper shade of red and chose Kat Von D’s Everlasting liquid lipstick in the shade Nosferatu.
5) Confidence is key
Even though your look will speak for itself, be confident and sell it with conviction.
I hope that I’ve managed to somehow inspire you to try the monochromatic look this March.
See you all in my next post!
Lots of love,
Coat: Zara | Jumper: New Look | Culottes: Zara | Boots: New Look | Tights: ASOS | Bag: Chanel GST (discontinued) | Brooch: Chanel (past season) | Sunglasses: Dior SoReal | Lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Nosferatu.