The Chic Outfit Anyone Can Re-Create Right This Second

In fashion terms, when we use the word monochrome, it can mean two things: 1) dressing in one solid colour or 2) when black and white are paired together. Today, we're going to talk about the latter, which has made a comeback of late. 

If you've already consulted our new-season trend report, you'll know that Chanel, Max Mara, Rosetta Getty, Jil Sander, and Prada, to name but a few, all presented black-and-white monochrome outfits on the S/S 21 runways. But why now? 

Natalie Kingham, buying director at MatchesFashion, notes that this is the perfect backdrop to highlight bold accessories, another trend that's set to be big news this season. "Monochrome always works—anything black or white is a good investment, and you will always wear it," confirms Kingham. "Right now, it feels appropriate. It's also great for showing off all the hardware we're seeing everywhere and works very well with statement jewellery."

What we love most about monochrome outfits is that you can easily assemble such a look from basic items you already have in your wardrobe. From simple skirts to knitwear to trousers to blouses, we'd be amazed if you can't immediately style up a handful of monochrome ensembles from your existing wears. 

Needless to say, monochrome's broad appeal means that many of Instagram's best dressers are already getting in on the black-and-white action. Scroll below to see our favourite monochrome outfits of spring so far. Then shop the key pieces you need to re-create them for yourself.

1. ABISOLA OMOLE'S T-SHIRT AND STATEMENT SKIRT 

Monochrome Outfits: @abimarvel wears a white t-shirt with a fringed skirt

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@abimarvel

2. DAWN TAN'S PRINTED TROUSERS AND KNITTED TANK

Monochrome Outfits: @dawn.tan wears checkerboard trousers

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@dawn.tan

3. DÉBORA ROSA'S SLOUCHY TAILORING AND BRA TOP

Monochrome Outfits: @deborabrosa wears a blazer, bra top, and white wide-leg trousers

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@deborabrosa

4. MONIKH DALE'S PRETTY DRESS AND CHUNKY BOOTS

Monochrome Outfits: @monikh wears a white dress with black accessories

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@monikh

5. AMY LEFÉVRE'S CROPPED TROUSERS AND HIGH-NECK TOP

Monochrome Outfits: @lefevrediary wears cropped Capri trousers and a white high-neck top

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@lefevrediary

6. CAMILLE CHARRIÈRE'S MINISKIRT, JUMPER AND CALF BOOTS

7. TANDYA'S SWEETHEART TOP AND LEATHER TROUSERS

Monochrome Outfits: @simplytandya wears a white knitted top and black leather trousers

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@simplytandya

8. MARIANNE SMYTH'S WIDE-LEG TROUSERS, SHIRT AND TRENCH COAT

Monochrome Outfits: @smythsisters wears a black trench coat, black shirt, and white trousers

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@smythsisters
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