Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnəkrəʊm/ /mɒnə(ʊ)ˈkrəʊm/
- A photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.
A photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.
1.1 [MASS NOUN] Representation or reproduction in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.
Blue, red, yellow, green or purple?
Bluebell, rose, lemon, mint or lavender?
‘What’s your favorite colour?’ is perhaps one of the first questions we ask ourselves and others as children and for the first time we look inwardly at ourselves. ‘What IS my favorite colour?’ We ask; and what does my favorite colour say about me? Once a champion colour is settled on, many of us wear it from head to toe as young children. So why did we stop?
In recent years, colour blocking has enjoyed an increase in popularity, as displayed by Solange Knowles, Lupita Nyong’o and Gigi Hadid (above). A monochrome look is a bold but simple statement; it demands attention and shows a great sense of commitment to your outfit. If you have a party or event where you want to grab attention whilst still retaining an effortless air, monochrome is the way to go.
Check out Lupita Nyong’o answering 73 questions with Vogue:
At STYLEWORX we’ve put together a pastel monochrome look along with Custommade, perfect for the long summer days ahead of us:
It may seem counter intuitive to begin this look with these shorts and not the shirt, but these Erlina Leather Shorts are most definitely the center piece of the outfit. These shorts come in both ‘Anthracite Black’ and ‘Crystal Grey’, as pictured above. The crystal grey is the dominant colour of this entire outfit; it’s muted, reserved but at the same time playful and invites a second look.
With two functional pockets and an elasticated waist, comfort is also not sacrificed in what would otherwise be a rather restrictive fabric. For the days where you want to wear these shorts without going for the full monochrome look, a white top or vest tucked into these would also be a summer wardrobe staple.
In sharp contrast with the leather shorts, the Zessa Silk Shirt, also in crystal grey, is 100% silk. Wear this tucked in and buttoned up for a smart monochrome look, or with the sleeves rolled up and one or two buttons undone for those lazy summer evenings.
Without a doubt, the most creative interplay with monochrome outfits in the media has been Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens. Costume designer for the show, Lou Eyrich cites macaroons and Clueless as her inspiration for the monochrome outfits worn by ‘the Chanels’.