What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks the best monochrome pieces for effortless style


What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks the best monochrome pieces for effortless style this season

  • Camilla Ridley-Day shared advice to embrace the monochrome trend monochrome
  • British style expert suggests pairing with subtle accessories and white shoes
  • She shared a selection of retailers currently stocking the seasonal trend


There is a simple reason why the combination of black and white has a lasting appeal to fashion; this classic combination draws attention to the wearer without the distraction of vibrant colors.

No wonder the late great Karl Lagerfeld made it his style signature during the 36 years he reigned at Chanel. And this summer it is one of the biggest trends.


If you haven’t got your social mojo back after lockdown, a monochromatic look will give you a sharp, chic confidence boost. That’s exactly how I feel in this checked Baukjen dress; the spicy effect shouts ‘I’m back!’ and the lightweight fabric is perfect for sunny days.

Camilla Ridley-Day shares advice for embracing this season’s monochromatic trend at every opportunity. Pictured: Dress, £139, baukjen.com; wedges, £80, dunelondon.com; necklace, £300, and earrings, £186, alexmonroe.com


I like to work from head to toe in black and white, so choose black and white accessories too, like these comfy wedges. A pop of color is allowed if you prefer a more vibrant mix, but make it a bag or heels, not both.

However, a lick of red lipstick is the perfect finishing touch (my favorite is Charlotte Tilbury’s shade Electric Poppy). And don’t go anywhere without oversized black Jackie O sunglasses.


Because monochrome is such a straightforward concept, it works best in hassle-free designs like this dress (right) that has no collar and few details.

And it will always be an investment purchase. You can wear Mango’s knit top and Hobbs’ dress (below) year after year without dating.