Five ‘Must Haves’ Monochrome Pieces


Today I headed into London to visit the V&A as they have the Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition on; which by the way was brilliant. His work was truly amazing with the shapes that he cut, the draping and most of all just how feminine his looks were back then that can truly be worn, today! If you fancy going, it’s £12 admission.

Here are a couple of my favourites from the show, starting with The Envelope Dress; it was an experimental design with both form and fabric – whilst it was a hit with the press (I get it, it’s a statement dress, everyone will notice you) it was really impractical to wear, apparently one wearer could not go to the toilet! (and they say jumpsuits are difficult 😉 )

I love it!

The other was all about draping, they had a film where they showed how all the fabric of this dress was draped to make its beautiful shape, but the hidden secret was underneath – basically the underskirt was tied around each knee to ensure the shape remained whilst in movement. Again, I think the wearer would need a little help in the powder room for sure!

My look today for London was all about monochrome, which is a big trend this summer – it’s a great way for those that love to wear black, to look a little more cool and refreshed on hot days.

With white jeans this season, it’s not about the tight skinnies, the laid-back and loose is where it’s at right now, and to be honest far more flattering in my opinion. I have to belt mine as they are a little loose around the waist, which tends to be typical if you are an hour-glass shape, so if you are like me, then make sure the belt is black or white to keep to the look.

This season if you are wearing block monochrome this comes with a 1:2:1 rule: you either opt for black-white-black, like I have done; or you wear white-black-white – thus making the look stylish and neat. This is such an easy look to shop your own wardrobe – I bet you could easily pull this together from what you already have.

However if you fancy wearing monochrome items to freshen up your look, here are my five key pieces that I think you should consider should you wish to embark on this trend.

The Shirt

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Oversized Buttoned Top
(which by the way comes with matching short-shorts, which looks divine together!)

The Trousers

Now with the trousers, there are lots of stripy versions out there – be warned, not all shapes can carry this off. If you want to opt for patterned monochrome trousers, try polka dot or these geo-shape trousers from Oasis, and with their side sporty stripe it gives a tailored trouser a more weekend feel.

Side Stripe Geo Trousers

The Dress

I can’t quite get over the price of this dress!  Zara have some great pieces at the moment, but I’m finding there is much more to them online rather than in store, so do have a noisy there too.  This dress is only £12.99, you can’t go wrong with this, for a summer day, team it up with black sliders and a black sun hat and you will be good to go, anywhere!

Off-The Shoulder Dress

The Shoes

These are super cute from Dune, and they are currently in the sale, but looking today they still have popular sizes of 5, 6 and 7 that you can order.

Even if you wear all-black and put these on, it’s still a nod the monochrome.

Magpie – Black/White
Was £80, now £32

The Bag

And finally… there are no words, just love! But there is a surprise, inside!

Ted Baker at Selfridges
Large Natasha Woven Tote

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