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

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

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


There’s a simple reason why the pairing of black and white has enduring fashion appeal; this classic combination draws the eye to the wearer without the distraction of vibrant colour.

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


If you haven’t got your socialising mojo back yet post-lockdown, a monochrome look will give you a sharp, chic confidence boost. That’s exactly how I feel wearing this checked dress by Baukjen; the punchy effect shouts ‘I’m back!’ and the lightweight fabric is perfect for sunny days.

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


I like to work monochrome head to toe, so pick out black-and-white accessories, too, such as these comfortable wedges. A pop of colour is allowed if you prefer a livelier mix, but make it a bag or heels, not both.

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


Because monochrome is such a straightforward concept, it works best in fuss-free designs like this dress (right) which has no collar and little detailing.

And it will always be an investment buy. You can wear the knitted top from Mango and dress from Hobbs (below) year after year without any signs of them dating.