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26.09.2013- Autumn Essentials: High Contrast

As far as classic wardrobe colour combinations go, it doesn't really get more stylish than black and white. The monochrome trend is one which was huge news both on the catwalk as well as on the street over the summer, and with the arrival of autumn it's set to be a real sticker. At one of my favourite London Fashion Week presentations, Jean-Pierre Braganza showcased a collection of contrasts, punctuated by pops of black and white across loose tailoring and a clean, effortlessly modern aesthetic. In short, our penchant for monochrome shows no sign of abating any time soon, so with some savvy investment shopping in mind, I've put together my edit of some high contrast favourites for this season and many more to come:
Cable Knit Colour Block Jumper, £35, River Island/Jacquard Pattern Scarf, £39.99, Zara/Oversized Check Coat, price tbc, ASOS/Peter Pan Collar Blouse, £194.99, Marc by Marc Jacobs via Jules B/Large Bayswater Shoulder Bag, £1,500, Mulberry/Spike Flower Collar, £18.50, Topshop/Ankle Boots, £139.99, Timberland via Jules B.

With dressing for the chillier weather in mind, this knit from River Island is a real staple and a piece which is super easy to wear. The contrasting sleeves add a really trendy touch, and the slightly oversized shape nods perfectly to the grunge inspired looks which are proving so prevalent for this season. The scarf is another winter staple, and this jacquard design from Zara breaks nicely with the perennial woolly favourites which tend to invade the shops at this time of the year- the slightly lighter fabric making it ideal for spring too. As soon as I spied this oversized check jacket at the ASOS AW13 preview back in July, it became a real must have. Not only does the print nod perfectly to this season's trend of choice, but the classic colourway and slouchy fit make it a really enduring wardrobe addition which will stand up from year to year. It's also wonderfully versatile, so ideal for teaming with jeans and a simple tee for a casual look or pairing with a belt for a slightly more structured feel. This Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse is another instant classic, and a piece which is just as perfect for layering under thick jumpers as it is for teaming with a staple boyfriend blazer- it's definitely an investment piece which I don't think will ever date, so fantastic if you're looking to build the perfect capsule wardrobe.

As far as enduring design goes, it doesn't really get more quintessentially British than Mulberry. I spied this Large Bayswater style in store last weekend and it was love at first sight. Although it's a big commitment in terms of price point, it's definitely a real classic in the making, with the gold hardware adding refreshingly practical touch. Also, I'm resolved to finally treat myself to something other than jewellery from Mulberry after seeing Emma Hill's beautiful swan song collection for the label- suffice it to say that I've now got a very long wishlist! As I've been trying to streamline my wardrobe recently, I've been increasingly drawn to eye catching accessories which I can use to update a lot of old favourites, and this collar necklace from Topshop fits the bill perfectly- especially as we all know that I've got a real soft spot for anything floral. Finally, as I mentioned in my last post, a good pair of boots is a definite investment from season to season, and this Timberland pair are sturdy and really versatile- the perfect basic to style in so many different ways. 

What are your favourite monochrome pieces?

*This post has been put together in collaboration with Jules B.

(Image credit: River Island, Zara, ASOS, Jules B, Mulberry & Topshop.)



  2. Ooft that knit and the boots! I'm so predictable, right? I love the Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse too, and certainly vote a 'yes' to snapping up that Large Bayswater Shoulder ;) xx

  3. I am really loving the monochrome trend at the minute, eyeing up that ASOS blouse! x

    The Little Things

  4. adore the marc jacobs blouse, shame it's nearly £200! x


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