So we are officially in Spring, although the weather is not playing along yet, we can look forward to, hopefully, some great summer weather. But while we are not there yet, and we are still working on our bikini bodies. HELLO!! Monochrome, one of the best styling tricks to hide those pesky areas that you are conscious of, while at the same time adding inches and making you appear leaner.
Monochrome is often associated with black or white but there are more colors that you can wear to create that elegant monochrome look. Here are my favorite 6 colors, that if chosen in the shade that compliments your skin tone, will carry you through spring and summer for all those cool monochrome looks.
Cool and tranquil the perfect color for your casual street style, as we all have a denim jacket, cutoff shorts, jeans, chambray shirts, and button-down skirts in our closets.
Light Blue / Indigo Playsuit @ www.laredoute.co.uk
Denim Blue @ www.eu.riverisland.com
Pink for a feminine, romantic and flirty monochromatic look.
Pink @ www.eu.riverisland.com
Green is great if you want to refresh your look. And as we are seeing a lot of the khaki safari trend this season. Pulling of the green monochrome look will be a breeze. Choose hues of green like khaki, hunter green, olive green, and forest green for a fresh chic look.
White, the classic summer color. Although most women find it challenging to wear because the all-white shade, as it is not very flaw flattering. The trick is to pick the right fabric and to make sure that it fits your silhouette and that the design flatters your shape. So if you do have a muffin top, pair a structured vest with a dress, as the lapels of outerwear slims down your shape and defines your waist.
Grey, not always a summer color, but definitely a good choice for a slimming monochromatic look. Just be sure that the color does not drown you out so add splashes of complementing color like blueberry blue, red or fuchsia.
Nude, depending on your skin tone this is a very flattering monochrome look. But like grey it can drown you, so make sure that you pick a shade that is in contrast with your skin tone.
Are you looking to inject some color into your wardrobe? Then look no further than the new La Redoute SS16 collection for chic, sleek French inspired fashion.
Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection. Bold and bright, in colours ranging from zingy lime, sea green, must-have mustard, bright lemon, true blue and tangerine to liven up any day time look.
Full skirt, belted Red shift dress @ £39
Bomber Jacket in yellow @ £49
Full skirt in green @ £29
Checkered tunic dress in green @ £35
Floaty dress in pink @ £45
Peter pan collar cape in pink @ £55
SUNCOO shift dress in Mustard @ £59
Pleated drop waist style dress with 3/4 length sleeves @ £35
All items available @ www.laredoute.com
Plan Your Look The Night Before
Planning your outfits the night before safes you loads of time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear. To make planning your outfits even easier you will need a super organised closet.
Organizing Your Closet
One of the best ways to organize your closet is to keep all of your pieces together and colour coded, meaning tops together followed by pants, jeans, skirts and dresses.
Try and keep your shoes in one place and your tights and socks in one drawer. Jewellery on a stand or in a compartment drawer. Scarves and belts on racks.
Keeping your wardrobe organized gives you more control of your clothes and accessories which makes planning your daily looks stress-free.
Seasonal Pieces And Trends
Once you know what it in your closet you can identify what is missing, according to the seasons or specific trends and styles that you like.
When you are planning your look according to current trends, do not do the copycat version especially if you are using fashion magazines as a guide. Rather pair pieces in a way that makes it your own and select details from the current fashion trends that accentuate your personal style and turn it into something unique, and completely you.
This would be the last step in planning your look, pairing your shoes, handbag and jewellery with your outfit pieces. Dress up simple pieces with bold shoes and accessories.
Categories your accessorize according to;
• Classic accessories: pearl or diamond-stud earrings, silk scarf, leather clutch and classic black pumps
• Glamorous accessories: chandelier earrings, bib necklace, large cocktail ring, crystal-embellished clutch, oversized sunglasses and sky-high heels
• Playful accessories: chunky jewellery, boho bag, and headbands
• Edgy accessories: thick cuff bracelet, choker necklace, studded handbag and black leather booties
• Workday accessories: delicate necklace, classic watch, large satchel or shoulder bag and kitten heels
• Casual accessories: candy-coloured bracelets, cross-body bag, floppy hats and espadrille sandals
This makes planning a look easy so if you a 9-5 office kind of girl. Your go to combination would be the tailored pants and Blouse. This outfit combination can take your from day to night. Your capsule wardrobe should at least have one pair of tailored pants and a silky blouse. You can re-style this combination by wearing your blouse buttoned up and with a cardigan for a simple office-friendly look. For a night time look and then unbutton the top buttons of your blouse and add some bling. Alter the, at the office look, by switching between heeled and flat shoes.
Looking for comfort, but you still want to be on trend then Block heels are the way to go. A chunky block heel can make a bold fashion statement.
Dorothy Perkins white block sandal & Blue tailored trousers and Blue swing top
Denim button down shirt dress and Tan block strappy sandal @ Dorothy Perkins
Khaki printed jacket, white vest and printed shorts with black open toe block heel @ Dorothy Perkins
Dress, belt and chocolate suede block heal sandal @ Dorothy Perkins
Shop now @ www.dorothyperkins.com