Back to Basics : Monochrome

Black and white makes the biggest statement, whether its for the home or for your wardrobe. If you’re colour-shy or looking for a chic and stylish new update, here are our top monochrome picks…

Mary Portas ticks all the boxes once again with the Black & White Colour Block Top – oversized in shape and slimming in design, when paired with some skinny black jeans you’ll be instantly transformed into a new woman. Add a touch of silver into your monotone methodology with the Label Lab Delyth Bowler Bag. This can be worn on your arm or over your shoulder, and adds a hipster edge to your outfit. Keep it cute with this Therapy Lace Skater Dress – while the skirt remains a slimming plain black, the overlay of lace on the top adds a whimsical and girly touch to a staple wardrobe piece.

Believe in Paul Smith Jeans, as their quirky printed tee will be the perfect addition to your updated wardrobe. Whether you’re planning on going camping, or you’ll be kipping on a friends floor, the Anorak Kissing Stags Sleeping Bag will attract the right kind of attention with it’s original design – and it will keep you cosy too! Or if you’re looking for a slightly more classic design, the Hugo Boss Striped Polo Shirt is great with a pair of jeans for a drink in the pub or with smart black shoes for a dance in the club.

Add a modern twist to your dinner party or simply your breakfast, with Kenneth Cole’s Black & White Text Serve-ware. As they say – Better plate than never! Treat the little ones to this adorable Hamleys Zelda Zebra – they’ll love the safari addition to their soft toy collection. And complete your dinner party with these beautiful Pied a Terre Elise Glasses – a modern update to a classic chalice design.


Will you be sporting the monochrome look this year?

Alice Carroll

I'm Alice, Al or, if you are the five year old me, Ice (yes, I did want to be a member of Kris Kross, and yes, I did wear my jeans backwards). Womenswear Editor at House of Fraser Online, I've grown out of backwards clothes and instead chose to invest my money in vintage sportswear and bomber jackets, while inking my body with unnecessary tattoos and rapping along to every word of The Streets - Original Pirate Material. My proudest moments were seeing a shoot I styled in my favourite magazine and getting a three-dart-finish in a game of darts. Oh, and Bart Simpson was my first crush.

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