Monochrome - get the look for less

We’ve been soaking up all the Spring/Summer looks that have been on all the glossy mags for ages now and can only wait with anticipation for that wonderful heat to kick in….so that we may ditch the extra layers and tights and embrace some fresh style. Somehow it doesn’t look the same when teamed with a duffel coat and snow boots…

We’ve been soaking up all the Spring/Summer looks that have been on all the glossy mags for ages now and can only wait with anticipation for that wonderful heat to kick in….so that we may ditch the extra layers and tights and embrace some fresh style. Somehow it doesn’t look the same when teamed with a duffel coat and snow boots…

My gut tells me that we may have to wait just a little longer though. So, to help coax us into a new direction from the head to toe black comes the very appealing Monochrome Trend. Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Moschino and Chanel had a graphic bonanza as print, stripes, dots and graphics in black and white hit all the designers mood boards for a fresh take on Spring.

It’s perfect for us Irish girls as you can stick with your reliable black skinnies and boots and just inject some style with your top half until you are either ready to embrace the trend full on or are ready to peel off another layer.

If you are a classic girl then you will find some delicious pieces in the guise of coats and bags that will give your wardrobe the perfect twist. Marc Jacobs had some fab coats that were very covetable but if your ‘Designer’ fund has now become you ‘Property Tax’ Fund you may prefer the high street version from Savida (Dunne’s Stores).

There are some fantastic pieces on the High Street that are perfect for giving your look the designer cred without the tag. Next have a cute print clutch that takes it inspiration from it’s twin at Marc Jacobs.

It can sometimes be hard to source slimming vertical stripes as seen on Marc Jacobs models as the Breton look takes everything horizontal… But, River Island saves the day with their fine knit jumper that will look great layered with a shirt for now and on it’s own in a few weeks time. It would look very ‘rock chick’ with a leather skirt or jeans.

For the more adventurous try a bold striped skirt or jeans. Moschino had some strong, sixties styled looks that can be interpreted perfectly into your every day wear. Check out Warehouse for their great Striped jeans and pair it with their White Biker jacket for a new take on Mod. I love the look topped off with fine red heels for the perfect antidote but it will look just as good with Canvas runners or boots either.

So… look to the catwalk for inspiration and to the High Street for some very wearable pieces. It’s up to you whether you pitch it as designer or not…. As long as we look good!