A monochrome look, styled in two ways. Are you Romantique or Rebel?
Trends come and go, black and white will always stay. It’s the most classic and uncomplicated combination of colours. Style it romantic like Romantique or cool and minimalistic like Rebel.
Romantique: Black and white can look severe and quite grown up. I wanted to give the monochrome look a playful note by adding a bow jumper and vichy checked trousers, paired with easy to wear moccasins.
Romantique is wearing: Bow Cashmere jumper from Antoni & Alison. Gingham woolen trousers from Max & Co AW2013. Moccasins from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Woven patent bag from Falorni. Wayfarer sunglasses from Ray Ban.
Rebel: My Black and White Outfit looks clean and minimalistic. To break up the strictness of the look, I added stripey socks and open sandals to give it a fun notion while still keeping the style simple.
Rebel is wearing: Jeans by J Brand. Turtleneck sweater by Stefanel, white blazer by H&M (from the men’s department), stripey grey socks by Falke, sunglasses by Anna Sui.
Black jacket by Closed.
Romantique: White ballerina bracelet by Les Nereides.
Rebel: Striped Falke socks and TK Maxx sandals
We love monochrome and the look often featured at Romantique and Rebel: From 60s geometric black and white checks to block stripes. The Salt and Pepper Style looks pure in stripes and lend themselves to be paired with a bright lip, neon shoes or a bright handbag. Let your imagination run free!
Above: I am wearing a black and white striped dress from Max & Co, fitted at the top with a puffy, pleated skirt. Keeping in the with the minimalistic tone, I chose a white mini bag and a breton striped boucle jacket.
Black and white Stripes at Dolce & Gabbana SS 2013
The Monochrome trend was seen everywhere this summer SS2013, from Moschino to Marc Jacobs to Dolce & Gabbana. The Sicilian designer duo created a block striped collection inspired by Sicily’s striped sun loungers and sun umbrellas. Rich fabrics such as brocade give the casual look a luxurious feel.
Street style London in my favourite summer trend: black and white stripes
My dress is made of a stiff kind of polyester which makes the pleated skirt look puffy and voluminous. Usually I shun 100% polyester garnments but I liked this dress so much that I had to made an exception. After all, the new generation of well made polyester are not as sweaty and itchy as they used to be years ago.
Metallic sandals from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni.
Salt and Pepper look in a black and white checked dress
Black and white monochrome, the most classic of trends and so easy to wear. After all, I don’t know a single person who doesn’t look good in those timeless colours. Add pattern like oversized checks or checkerboards, stripes and polka dots for a playful twist.
Keep it classic and stay in the black and white area or add accessories in pop colours!
Above: I love this black and white checked dress I am wearing from Italian designer Max & Co as it reminds me of Megan Draper from Mad Men (love new season 6 !). The length is work appropriate and accessorizing is fool proof. Tights from Burlington, pointy flats from BCBG.
From left to right:
Alexa Chung proving once again she’s a quirky cool London gal. She accessorised her Paul Smith plaid dress with chunky oxfords, grey socks and a black belt.
Peggy Olsen from Mad Men in a fitted 60s plaid dress with boat neck. Classic!
French actress Marion Cotillard in a black and white geometric dress, mixed up with bright orange heels.
Diane Krueger rocks the Parisienne look: Black and white plaid tweed dress from Chanel with Peter Pan collar. She accessorised with a black beret and classic chain cross-body mini bag. J’adore!
One of my favourite dress shapes because it is so slimming (takes off 5 pounds!), the 60s A-line dress. Stripes mixed with white always look fresh and young. Dress and beige platform ballet pumps from Max & Co
What do you do on yet another rainy summer Sunday in London? The answer is simple: You dress as if it is warm and have a gelato pretending you’re in Italy!
I snapped up this dress in Berlin at Max & Co., one of my favourite Italian stores. With it’s straight 60s shift shape and the geometric pattern, it looks like it’s come straight out of Megan Draper’s wardrobe. Straightly cut shift dresses are great to hide a gelato tummy while you can still show your legs. Monochrome is an eternal classic look and becomes irresistable with a flash of yellow colour.
As this dress is such a statement with it’s graphic prints, I toned down accessories and just teamed the dress with flat yellow Pretty Ballerinas.
This sweetly decorated gelato shop (Dri Dri) is located at the tube station High Street Kensington. Their gelato is made fresh each morning and only contains 8% fat for guilt free pleasure . If you’re at Portobello Road, make sure to pop into Dri Dri’s sister’s store.