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Style story: Summer’s magnificent monochromes

Monochrome is having something of a moment in celebrity circles right now

  • By Lucy Wildman, Fashion Editor, Scene magazine
  • Published: 10:41 August 1, 2012
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Colour blind

It’s been a very colourful season. But if you’re suffering from rainbow-induced fashion fatigue, how about rekindling your relationship with a decidedly less eyepopping pairing?

Monochrome is having something of a moment in celebrity circles right now, and whether or not it’s got more to do with trans-seasonal wardrobe dilemmas than colour-clash overload, seeing the world in black and white makes for a refreshing change of focus.

But while this timeless combination is one of the simplest style formulas, this
summer’s monochrome mash-up is far from predictable, or, dare we say it, dull. The key colour palette of summer’s effortlessly elegant Armani catwalk, black and whites make for super-slick, hotweather cool.

And whether you go bold and graphic or pared down and minimalist, rest assured
that this is one fashion look that’s virtually impossible to get wrong.

Style notes: How to wear monochrome

Mixing prints is a huge trend, and is virtually impossible to get wrong in a monochrome palette. Stick with similar sized patterns for the sharpest look.

Spots, stripes and checks are classics, but monochrome florals, photoprints and
digital patterns look super-fresh and modern.

Avoid looking like a waitress by not choosing a plain white shirt and black bottom half, and accessorise with tonal pieces to add edge to a basic look.

One single pop of colour looks awesome with a monochrome outfit. Red is a
given, but orange, pink and turquoise look particularly dazzling.

For more on what's in style this week, pick up a copy of Scene

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