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.
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).
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).