Monday, 3 February 2014

Monochroma: My Way – July 2013

The buzz word on fashionistas’ lips for some time now has been ‘monochroma’. Okay, let’s get one thing straight. I am well aware that in the field of fashion this word generally refers to the pairing of black and white – a look I love, not only because the stark contrast between the two colours is eye catching, but also because this colour combo creates a classic and chic look. That said, given the word’s Greek origins and my Greek background I know the word literally means: one colour. Therefore, I personally regard this trend as piecing together separate items (as opposed to wearing a dress or jumpsuit) of a single colour.

Now, I am no stranger to the one-colour concept. In fact, many times have I paired items of the same colour, the most common being black and on countless occasions, predominantly in the summertime both here in Sydney and overseas, I have confidently thrown together various white pieces to create a sleek all-white look. So, it will come as no surprise when I openly disclose that last Valentine’s Day, in honour of the colour of passion I attempted to pull together an outfit consisting of all red only to find that the hues of my lace top from Cue, fitted pencil skirt from Sheike and Zara jacket didn’t mesh well together, so I abandoned the monochroma trend for the time being but never lost hope. I knew one day I would get it right! With this word still in vogue, the ebbing flame in my heart for the one-colour look was reignited. I felt ready to give it another go and stamp my own mark on this fad by deviating away from the mass definition and being true to the meaning of the word. What’s more, I wanted to be daring and take this look into the corporate arena.
Then last Saturday when I purchased a slim fitted, purple ponte pencil skirt (what a mouthful!) from my much loved Australian designer Cue, inspiration struck. I knew the colour I wanted to monochromise. Purple. I know what you’re thinking - purple, really? But please hear me out. I know it’s a little risky as it is a bold colour (looking like Grimace from McDonalds is definitely not my aim) and although there are more items available nowadays in purple, it’s still not a colour usually worn. However, having always adored this colour and regarding it as trans-seasonal, I knew I could make a statement with it.

With support from the fine weather this morning, I nervously slipped on my pretty purples; silk top from Sportsgirl, new skirt and sharp floral jacquard* blazer from Zara. Over the top, I threw on my berry tweed coat purchased years back from Review and completed my creative look with natural coloured stockings and my nude patent pumps. I looked professional, fashionable, feminine and FRESH. Feeling pleased with myself for creating an entirely unique look and one that expressed a bit of me, I was ready to take it to the streets. With my coat off, the full effect of my monochroma style was on display and the impact was beyond my expectations. I was surprised, albeit delighted, with the amount of attention this ensemble attracted! Several approached me throughout the day to tell me I looked “well put- together.” Needless to say, the admiring looks and compliments received boosted my self-esteem and sent my confidence soaring to new heights.
So, if you want to dress to impress, consider the monochroma trend - my way with one vibrant colour. My advice would be to select a colour you like wearing and feel most comfortable in. Don’t feel the need to rush out and buy new clothing in colours you don’t really like or generally wear. Work with what you’ve got. Have a look at what you already own and see if you can work them into a monochroma look, and when you do buy something new keep this captivating concept in mind. The only new acquisition for me was the skirt itself; all other items I already owned and had previously worn so, this was an affordable way to create an original look and make an impact at the same time. For, who doesn’t like a little attention from time to time?

*jacquard – where a design is intricately woven into the fabric instead of being printed or dyed on.

“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~  Maya Angelou

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