Classic Monochrome 2021 trend

by | 22 May 2021 | Fashion and style, style tips

a woman wearing classic monochrome black jacket and white dress

Written by Moira O'Toole

I am a part time milliner and colour and image consultant with an interest in all things fashion related.


The monochrome trend

Classic monochrome looks are a big trend for 2021, but does monochrome ever lose its’ appeal, I don’t think so. It has been an iconic fashion look for years- with the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel , to name just a few. The trend was on the Chanel runway this season with floral dresses and boucle jackets and Dolce & Gabbana and Gabriela Hearst also showcased their monochrome looks.
Monochrome can mean wearing one solid colour (different shades and textures) from head to toe or black and white paired together. Both are popular with designers this season but it is the classic monochrome scheme of black and white that I am focusing on here. It radiates sophistication and style simultaneously.

How to wear it

Natalie Kingham, buyer for Matches fashion, says “Monochrome always works- anything black or white is a good investment and you will always wear it. Right now it feels appropriate- it’s also great for showcasing off the hardware we are seeing everywhere and works very well with statement jewellery.”
Whether it’s stripes, polka dots, floral or colour blocking, the monochrome look is easy to put together, as black and white are the perfect pair. Different textures of materials will make your overall appearance more original. You can add print or texture to areas of your body that you want to highlight or play down. With black and white colour blocking, you can wear white on the areas you are confident about and black where you would rather draw less attention.

Add an extra dimension

To keep the monochrome look from appearing too uniform like, you could add a striped or print scarf or collar with a mix of black and white to add an extra dimension and link the whole look together. Gingham or check, geometric shapes or stripes can all be very striking with a little pop of colour in your accessories or with a red lipstick to suit your colour tone.
There is a monochromatic style for everyone- it can be sophisticated, daring and sexy as well as chic and classy.

Try out the classic monochrome trend if you haven’t yet, and make it work for you with your favourite prints or accessories.

“Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means”.

Karl Lagerfeld.

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