Here is another piece I wrote for Fashion Global, a blog featuring articles written by bloggers from all over the world.
Monochromatic – the art of wearing black and white
Just like taking black and white photos, putting together a monochromatic outfit is an art form very different from its more colorful alternative. I love the challenge of constantly reinventing this classic combination through new and exciting looks. I have to admit that most of my clothes are black, white or black and white with the exception of a few nude and neutral pieces.
A monochromatic scheme can convey so many different moods depending on the way the two colours are combined and what proportion of each is used. If you’re still not convinced that you can pull off a non-color look, allow me to guide you!
In my opinion, elegance is best achieved when using a monochromatic pallette. A black blazer, white shirt, black tuxedo trousers and a black bow are the epitome of effortless chic and the ever fashionable black pencil skirt never fails to add a touch of class. Pair it with an interesting top and monochromatic shoes to achieve an elegant look.
For a simple yet classy look, combine solid black and white pieces. Make sure to get the balance right by wearing a white top and black trousers or a black top with white trousers to which you can add as many monochromatic, silver or gold accessories as you like. Add some flats for a really casual look or heels to dress up the outfit.
Polka dots are one of my favorite patterns ~ they can be as smart or as casual as you want them to be. For a light and airy feel, try black dots printed on a white flowing material. For a more striking look, opt for white spots on a black background. This print can either be worn as a total look or combined with other plain items. If you want to be really bold, why not try combining polka dots with other patterns: heads will turn!
Stripes can be both classic and bold. Wear them with black trousers and loafers for the typical marine look to which you can add a leather jacket for a bit of edge. Use it as an all-over pattern or combined with other designs if you seek a bit more attention.
A pop of colour
If you’re still not convinced that a monochromatic outfit can be exciting, why not add a pop of colour? I especially love the way red enhances black and white: a pair of red suede pumps, bold red lips or some statement red nails. Feel free to experiment with other colours as well, but be careful not to overpower the black and white ~ limit it to a mere accent.
These are by no means the only ways to wear black and white. My challenge for you this week is to go monochromatic at least once and in a way that best reflects your personality.