March 26, 2013 12:00 AM | by Mimi Raad - Styling Coach
The Monochrome Trend
I’ve always said out loud that I’m not a black or white person. I like grey shades and grey areas where nothing has to be really definite, if you know what I mean… But right now, black and white are the transition double act to ease you between seasons. If you haven't joined the monochrome movement yet, it's one of the chicest and easiest trends to work for both day and evening-wear. The monochrome trend is an enduring classic. A splash of white, whether as part of a pattern, or as separates mixed in black, instantly lifts an outfit from boring to lively and chic. It screams simple and sophisticated.
There are few rules when it comes to making monochrome work for you. The first is that your whites must be utterly, dazzlingly white. Secondly, crisp, clean lines are key. It’s not just about finding something black and something white and throwing them together. Part of the problem is that the monochrome look is such a sharp one that floaty dresses don't work.
So, stick to simple, tailored shapes and since there are no colors to help out, it is important that a black and white ensemble is tailored well and draped right Black with white accents or white with black accents - it's a simple but bold combination that works every time with color blocking. The higher the concentration of white, the fresher your look will be for spring/summer.
This season's modern stripes are big and bold, creating an almost nautical look - minus the navy, of course. Stripy trousers or skinny jeans are a big statement if you dare. A dress is a much more versatile piece but beware of the direction of your stripes. Aim to create curves with bold, horizontal stripes and minimize them with vertical, skinnier stripes. If you're wearing a voluminous dress or top, stick to vertical lines to avoid unflattering optical illusions. Keep your look unfussy and accessories to a minimum to let your stripes do the talking. Super-sized polka dots are another monochromatic option. It has this sixties vibe that designers adopted.
When you wear black and white, it is important to work with your body shape. A pair of white pants, for instance, can add girth while black is very slimming. The key is to wear black wherever you need to look slim. If you are heavier on the lower half of the body, wear the darker color in this zone and the whites elsewhere or vice versa. And why not wear a total white outfit with black shoes and accessories? That’s going to be my next monochrome look. Will post it soon!
First Look: I'm wearing a Farmeta jacket, a Rodier top, a pair of Elizabeth & James leather leggings, Barbara Bui booties and a Saint Laurent tote.
Second Look: I'm wearing a Warehouse jacket, a 3.1 Phillip Lim t-shirt, a pair of Tibi trousers, Jimmy Choo shoes and a Saint Laurent tote.