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When it comes to your wardrobe, it’s easy to fall into a style conundrum of owning mostly minimalist monochrome outfits. It’s just simpler this way, you think to yourself, especially when you’re rushing for time every morning. Still, injecting a little vibrancy into your drab apparel does not have to be a daunting process. We offer you some simple solutions that can get you out of that style rut. You’d be surprised how a dash of colour can brighten up your look and your day.


1. Shades of blue as an alternative

If you’re hesitant to do anything too drastic too quickly, the family of blue is always a great choice when it comes to replacing the blacks in your closet. Think of hues of denim — from light washed to dark — or even navy: They are a safe bet, yet they’re not miles away from your monochromatic shades.


2. Go for neutrals as your secondary colour option

Like blue, neutral colours are a safer choice if you’re not looking to venture too far. Compared to your sunshine yellows and baby pink, these shades are subtler, while still adding a brighter tint to your typical whites and greys. Think of tones that fall within the hues of your skin-tone — from nude, to sand, to camel and chocolate brown, these add an earthy spin to your outfit without being overly conspicuous.


3. Add a printed scarf

For something a little more effortless, you can complement your existing outfit with a sassy scarf. It will make a world of a difference and add contrast to the crisp monochrome aesthetic. Simply don it in the style of the French by knotting it around your neck, or tie it around your purse handle for a quick update to your carryall.


4. Be experimental with your accessories


Go bold with your accessories instead; it’s an easy way to revive your outfits without needing to do an extensive wardrobe overhaul. Some carefully placed earrings or chunky bangles can instantly give your monochrome look a contemporary edge.


5. Carry two-toned bags


Choose to stand out with a statement clutch or sling instead. We suggest an #armcandy that comes in two-tones, because colour-blocking is uber cool. Besides, a sophisticated blend of both bright and neutral colours makes it more intriguing and less daunting than a full-on neon green purse.


6. Paint your nails or lips to a Moulin Rouge hue

Do not underestimate the power of a punchy lip colour. A red lippie will instantly liven up your look, making you look both elegant and put-together. Go for bright red if you’re aiming for playful confidence, or a darker hue if you’re going for sultry and mysterious. Having a fresh coat of nail polish also adds sophistication to an otherwise dull outfit.


7. Bonus: Go for different fabric textures

If you still insist on black and white being your go-to colour palette, then we suggest jazzing it up with different textures. Experiment with silk, velvet, suede or even sequins — they will instantly elevate your outfit and give an added dimension to an otherwise simple look.