There’s nothing more striking than a bold monochrome look. Using just black and white as the main palette for an outfit may sound a bit boring, but trust us, it’s a definite head-turner in the style stakes. The key with this look is not to over-do it and to use your accessories to style to perfection…

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1. Do it the 60s Way

No where in fashion history can the monochrome look be more prevalent than in the 1960s. Think Twiggy and the Biba look that the counter-culture of that generation took as their style saviours.

60s monochrome looks

The simples way to do monochrome is with a shift dress  or a mini dress that incorporates both black and white. This might be a geometric pattern, popping polda-dot prints or clean lines. Houndstooth is a print synonymous with 60s style.

Pair with a nude lip, some eyeliner and a PVC, slightly heeled boot and you have the 60s look down to perfection.

2. Mix and Match

Keep things simple and don’t burn a hole in your purse. Buy staple pieces that you can mix and match into your monochrome look.

Monochrome Mix and Match

For example, buy a button-up shirt or black / white top that you can either pair with a black (or white) skirt or pair of trousers. Mix and match for a chic, almost Parisian feel.

3. Go for Striking Print Trousers

There are so many monochrome options out there where trousers are concerned. Be brave and go for a striking print.

Monochrome Print Trousers

It could be a harlequin print, a polka dot or an elaborate print on a loose fitting trouser. Choose the shape that’s right for you, go wild on the print and opt for either a black or white top to pull the look together.

4. Choose Just One Colour

Monochrome Looks

Don’t be afraid to wear an outfit that is all one colour. This look, if done right, is one of the strongest you can wear. An all-white gives the feel of old-style Hollywood glamour. Wear an all-white dress with a long white coat or jacket and style up with gold accessories for the starlet look.

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Alternatively, pair a black trouser and top combination with a black boot and oversized blazer or leather jacket for a rock chick feel. Silver accessories will work well with this look and in both instances, a red lip.

5. Keep Accessories Bold

One way to wear the monochrome look is to style it with primary coloured accessories. This way, you off-set your outfit with bold detailing.

Primary Coloured Accessories

This might be a brightly coloured heel, a stylish primary coloured coat or jacket or a really bold bag.

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