“Women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony” – Coco Chanel
Monochromatic styling is nothing new, yet it remains one of the top global fashion trends today. Why? Because monochrome is anything but boring. The trend dates back to 1926, when the introduction of Coco Chanel’s ‘Little Black Dress’ transformed the world’s perception of black. It transformed from being a symbol of mourning to the epitome of modern-day chic.
Now, almost 90 years later, monochrome styles continue to make regular appearance on runways and even more so in our day-to-day lives. It’s perfect as casual wear, work wear, formal wear - basically, perfect for any occasion! The simplicity of black and white provides an endless array of options for minimalist style enthusiasts, who find joy in simple, clean, and neat fashion.
For top tips on how you can master the art of monochrome with contemporary flair, make sure to read on!
A Monochromatic Palette
Traditionally, black and white have taken centre stage as the dominant colours of monochrome styling. While this continues to be true, monochrome definitely does not stop there. The introduction of accent colours, such as grey, navy or blush, immediately creates a more youthful look. You can bring these colours easily into your existing palette by adding textures such as a knit cardigan, jumper, or scarf.
Tailored vs. Oversized
The 'tailored' look has been a long-standing feature of the monochrome trend, taking form as pieces that look as though they were made just for you. The sleek silhouette of tailored pieces exudes modern-day chic, and is ideal for work, as well as for more formal affairs. Oversized pieces, on the other hand, create draped silhouettes that are made for off-duty style and comfort. So, for more casual occasions, you can swap out slim-fitting shirts and trousers for a new ensemble of oversized button-up shirts and loose fitting culottes.
Bring Back the 'Mom Jeans'
Ladies, it's time to bring those 90s jeans back! What used to be regarded as the most unflattering style of denim in history, is now all the rage. The high-waisted, tapered straight leg 'Mom Jeans' is the perfect addition to any modern monochrome ensemble. The relaxed cut of denim oozes effortless off-duty street style, and provides a much more comfortable alternative to ultra-stretch skinny jeans. So mums, what are you waiting for? It's time you show those hipsters and child-free super models how MOM jeans should really be worn!
One of the best parts about monochrome fashion is being able to mix and match pieces with minimal effort. We suggest you go through and declutter your existing collection, whilst picking out a series of staple pieces that you could use as the foundation of your wardrobe. Although you may not need to go to the extremes of creating a capsule wardrobe, try to prioritise pieces that are functional, versatile, and comfortable. These staples should eventually become the select pieces that you use on the daily to create a number of different outfits, whilst staying true to your lifestyle and personal taste. Perhaps, you could consider using a separate clothing rack to hang your staples and use as a guide to mixing and matching your collection. Remember, quality over quantity!
The key to making your monochrome ensemble more practical is none other than pairing it with comfortable shoes that will make your feet happy! We know very well that being a mother requires a lot of physical work, which makes the type of shoes you wear an important part of maintaining good health and posture. There are plenty of chic yet comfortable kicks out there that will go easily with the monochrome style - white sneakers, loafers, and slip-on sandals being a few of our favourites!
What's your favourite monochrome ensemble? Share your tips in the comment section below!