Sometimes the simple things in life really are the best and it doesn’t get more simple than monochrome. On days when I’m feeling fashion brain-dead and haven’t got a clue what to wear, that would be most days to be honest, I instinctively reach for black and white basics. That’s when the subtle beauty of monochrome kicks in. It does the hard work so you don’t have to.

A minimal monochrome life doesn’t have to be boring. While the palette is limited that doesn’t mean the overall look has to be. For one, you don’t have to wear block black and white. Choose a stripe, print or geometric pattern to break up solid colours and consider mixing up textures and details. Go for shirts and blouses with a bow, high neck or embellished sleeve. On the bottom half take your basics further with rips, frays, asymmetric hemlines and flared styles.

How to wear? For the office add a black double-breasted blazer to a white shirt and black pants. Wide palazzo or capri trousers are my favourite. If white is too stark just opt for a cream or off-white top. Dressed up monochrome is undeniably cool with a silk shirt and black leather pants or a pencil skirt and heels. When it comes to casual monochrome nothing beats dark denim with a white cotton t-shirt.

You know I love an off-duty look and my current favourite consists of an oversized tee, soft denim, throw-on jacket and textured loafers. Recently I’ve been living in a white v-neck tee and beautiful black lace bra by Anine Bing that I picked up in the Anderswo store last month. I do love shopping in high street stores but you can’t beat a well-stocked boutique with warm service and lust-after brands. For those in the area you have got to drop in. Anderswo stock amazing brands including Anine Bing, Sincerely Jules, Ragdoll LA, Solidos, American Vintage, Hironae, Kimye and so many more. No need for international shipping with this treasure trove just minutes from home. Check out their website here.

Outfit Details

T-shirt ♦ Anine Bing  (I’m wearing size XS)

Bra ♦ Anine Bing (I’m wearing size XS)

Faux Leather Jacket ♦ Zara (similar here and here)

Ripped Jeans ♦ Topshop (low stock, similar here)

Leopard-print Flats ♦ Aldo (similar here and here)

Bag ♦ Furla (sold out!) white version here, similar here

Photography by Jennifer März 

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