One colour scheme; endless possibilities. We’re talking about the most understated colour pairing we know. Subtle and sleek, a black-and-white monochrome ensemble is a sartorial look that will hardly ever go out of style.
Besides being the default “uniform” of numerous fashion editors and designers, we know we’re certainly not alone when we pick this monochrome combination on a what-should-I-wear morning.
While the sans couleur outfit is generally a fail-safe choice for both work and play, this ensemble can be just as easily be spruced up for a statement-making outfit of the day; just think sixties-inspried prints or an artful use of colour-blocking with these two staple colours.
It’s easy to see why designers always offer at least one or two black and white outfits every season; and even why some labels only ever use monochrome tones.
From left to right: Seen on the Spring Summer 2014 runways of Fendi, Victoria Beckham, Marni and Ralph Lauren. Images: Showbit
As seen on the Spring Summer 2014 runways of Victoria Beckham, Ralph Lauren and Max Mara, this sleek style is so easy to wear.
Even maximalist fashion houses Missoni, Marni and Fendi have leapt onto the stylish mania for monochrome, in their own ways; think exaggerated silhouettes and graphic prints aplenty in this stark colour scheme.
You can also add a touch of colour to your look via your arm candy of choice, a la Fendi, or else go strictly black-and-white in preppy chic and matchy shoes and accessories; as Ralph Lauren chose for Spring Summer 2014.
Graphic fantastic: Inspired by Missoni Spring Summer 2014 (far left), we picked the Raoul bell sleeve dress (US$540, approximately S$688.12), Karen Walker floral tee (US$120) and kilt skirt (US$225), Headline Seoul organza top (US$70) and Fleamadonna cropped shorts (US$305) from the SheShops Online Store. Images: Showbit, SheShops
Besides playing with sheer layers, contemporary and loose-fit styles give this cleanly monochrome aesthetic a fresh new look.
The cape for instance, becomes everyday wear, when meshed with a top from Singapore fashion label Panayo. Another Singapore label, Pauline Ning too, gives monochrome style an unexpected touch, with her asymmetrical top and origami-inspired skirt.
Simply does it (L-R): Inspired by Victoria Beckham Spring Summer 2014 (far left), we picked Panayo cape top (US$80), Pauline Ning top (US$160) and skirt (US$160), Youyou culottes (US$145) from the SheShops Online Store. Images: Showbit, SheShops
Shop the look now at the SheShops Online Store:
Panayo Dhonka Cape Top
Pauline Ning Lopsided Top
Pauline Ning Trapeze Skirt
Karen Walker Blooming Tee
Karen Walker Kilt Skirt
You You Gauze Culottes
Bless’d Are the Meek Jacket
Raoul Aria Bell Sleeve Dress
Fleamadonna Cropped Shorts
Headline Seoul Organza Top