Spring fashion: Monochrome

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If you’re not quite ready to leap onto spring’s key trends, go back to black and white basics instead.

Appearing on the catwalks over consecutive seasons, monochrome is no longer a “trend” but a staple, like trench coats or skinny jeans.

Peplum top, �22; jacquard trousers, �30; jacquard dress, �40; all Gok for Tu at Sainsbury's

Peplum top, �22; jacquard trousers, �30; jacquard dress, �40; all Gok for Tu at Sainsbury's

Gone is the retro play on the Sixties vibe, making way for a fresh, modern silhouette.

From off-duty casual to couture-like glamour, monochrome’s versatility makes it a major player in your wardrobe for summer or winter season.

If in doubt, work black and white and nothing else.

With such a clean colour palette, you can afford to be more daring with your prints. Opt for a bold grid block look with BHS’ monochrome Check Woven Insert Top, £20 (www.bhs.co.uk).

Isla dogtooth cardigan, �18; Amelia geometric top, �14; skirt, �18; hat, �12; all Boohoo (www.boohoo.com)

Isla dogtooth cardigan, �18; Amelia geometric top, �14; skirt, �18; hat, �12; all Boohoo (www.boohoo.com)

Add an injection of flouncy fun to officewear with a monochrome contrast. Proving pencils don’t have to be kept on the straight and narrow, look to Iris & Ink’s Maribel ruffled crepe skirt, £90 (www.theoutnet.com).

Working strictly with black and white makes layering simple. Clash together similar prints for a statement look, like Boohoo’s Isla dogtooth cardigan, £18, and Amelia geometric top, £14 (www.boohoo.com).