The new monochrome

headerMonochrome. The word conjures up images of stark black and white outfits or maybe shades of grey. But monochrome simply means shades of the same colour, so can apply to any colour in the rainbow existing in isolation.

Of course, if you’re going to go for a monochrome outfit, you really want to know that the colour you’ve gone for makes you look amazing. The last thing you need is top-to-toe unflattering shades to give you that oh so coveted ‘I haven’t slept much for the last decade’ look.

If you’re going to go for a bright monochrome, the trick is to do it with confidence and well cut simple styles that let the colour do the talking. I could have explored the single colour look all day, but rather than show you an outfit in every single colour, I’ve managed to restrain myself to my favourite bright monochrome shade for each season.

Spring – yellowspring_b

If yellow feels a bit too bold, try layering up a few Spring blues, from cornflower to royal to bright navy.

summer – pinksummer_b


Not a fan of pink? Burgundy makes for a grown up alternative – add in a couple of lighter cherry shades to stop it looking too heavy.

autumn – redautumn_b


Make sure your reds stay orange toned rather than blueish. If red is too much, try bright moss green for a monochrome look that is bold but grown up.

winter – bluewinter


It’s easy to go for the traditional black and white monochrome look as a Winter, but rather than playing it safe why not go for deep emerald and pine green as an alternative to blue?

For details of all items, visit our Kettlewell Colours Polyvore page >

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