The Beauty Of Monochrome9/22/2016
The Beauty Of Monochrome
Monochrome has been in fashion for a long time. The combination of black and white in clothing makes a powerful statement, while still being appropriate for a number of occasions and environments. The monochrome trend can also be worn alone or incorporated into a look that encompasses other trends. Wearing it is easy once you understand the basics.
Black tends to be the go-to color when it's difficult to find something to wear. Mixing black and white adds another dimension to the look, making it fun but still wearable. You can blend the two as much or as little as you like in this trend, whether you decide to add just a touch of the mix in your accessories, or go full blown monochrome from head to toe.
Another great thing about monochrome is that it's a great way to try patterns if you aren't usually someone who leans in that direction. Patterns can be very tricky to wear, especially in color. Breaking it down to simple black-and-white makes it a whole lot easier to see what works and what doesn't for your shape and size. That being said, however, certain monochrome patterns can be extremely bold and eye-catching, so it's a good idea to experiment and see how far you are willing to push those boundaries!
Stripes, for example, look very intense when done in black and white due to the stark contrast between the two colors. A thicker stripe pattern will draw a lot more attention to the wearer due to the boldness of the lines. For a more professional environment, a pinstripe is perfectly suitable and still fashionable. You should also wear stripes to complement your figure. The general rule of thumb is that vertical stripes lengthen, while horizontal stripes add width. Therefore, if you are very slender and tall, don't opt for bold vertical stripes in order to avoid the beanpole effect! To add or accentuate curves, horizontal stripes strategically placed at the bust and hips can work wonders.
If, however, you do love a bit of color, then it's perfectly okay to incorporate it into the look. Accessorize using an array of tones in a particular color, or choose a staple item of clothing to stand out against the black and white "frame". Good suggestions are a tie or vest in a bright color to really make a statement that includes the monochrome trend. Take it even one step further by pairing solid colors with monochrome patterns for multi-dimensional looks!
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