Monochrome collage

Monochrome chic from head to toe

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In our current culture of more-is-more and fast fashion, chic and simplistic designs are often thrown aside in favour of excess. A quick poll around the Q Towers office revealed that 99% of us admit to impulse buying at least one slightly ridiculous item of clothing which matches nothing else in our wardrobes, in the past 12 months.

We can save ourselves money and stress by simply putting a little more thought into what we buy, and choosing classics we can mix and match to our heart’s content. The perfect place to start is with some monochrome staples – a great dress, some cover-ups, and statement jewellery – all in brilliant black, wintry white and all the hues of grey in between.

Printed dresses

Monochrome collage

Have an important meeting at work? Need to look great for a lunch date? These dresses are fab little multi-taskers that will look equally gorgeous with heels and your best jewels, as with trainers and a denim jacket for a day of shopping.

Here we have four gorgeous options with a style to suit almost everyone. On the far left, we have this bold geometric style from Yong Kim, perfect for going from desk to dancefloor. Next to this, the classic polka dot dress from Grace is a more subtle option, with a flattering mock-wrap fit. On the centre right, the Tammy dress from Onjenu London features pretty detailing with a tulip-shaped skirt and fluted cuffs. Finally, on the far right, this classic shirt dress from Ronni Nicole is just the right amount of 1970s glam.

Glamour from head to toe

Monochrome collage

This look is all about clashing styles, but it works thanks to the simple colour palette. Starting with this Join Clothes dress, we’ve added some classic creamy-coloured pearls from Frank Usher and a clutch bag with similar pearl detailing, also Frank Usher. To add a more modern touch, this lacy Chelsea Muse bomber jacket is just the ticket.

Mixing up textures

Monochrome collage

Starting with this floaty and fabulous black Ronen Chen skirt, we added a simple white top from Quacker Factory, and continued the floaty look with a sheer duster coat from MarlaWynne. Finishing off the outfit are these Taxco Traditions earrings and Clarks Susie Deva sandals, they would look gorgeous with a pop of red nail polish on the toes. The overall effect is light and perfect for the warmer weather, showing that black and white needn’t be reserved the winter months – it’s a year-round fashion winner.

Lighten up

Monochrome collage

Moving towards the brighter end of the spectrum, this outfit features lots of white, starting with the MarlaWynne trousers. Adding a pop of pattern with a gorgeous array of monochrome shades is this check top from Joe Browns. Some bright accessories finish the look – this structured Radley bag and gorgeous sandals from Clarks.

Visit our fashion department now for plenty more style inspiration, and even a splash of colour if you really feel you need it!

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