Street Life: The Power Of Monochrome And Neutral Tones

Jason Lloyd Evans

Are you wondering how you can master modern power dressing in traditional no-nonsense neutrals? Embrace a standout silhouette or add a unique texture to your outfit for maximum power impact, says Marie Kelly.

Experiment with texture in the form of knitted separates. Fine merino wools and ribbed knits won’t add bulk, but will streamline your silhouette nicely. Adding bottoms with a duo fit and flare aspect adds a feminine finish to a slate grey coat (see below). Bare ankles create a cool contrast with the boyish collar o a traditional white shirt.

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Small details can make a big impact. Button detailing, statement tights, or shoes with a bold print can add personality to those traditional workwear shades of black and white. Camel tones are also key for AW16. Use them as a fresh anchor for your new-season wardrobe.

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Elevate your workwear with metallic finishes. Studded detailing can look refined within a neat silhouette, while grey can be swapped for silver as long as pieces remain conservative. If you buy one item this season make sure it’s a turtleneck. Its conservative nature will soften the effect of unusual textures and striking silhouettes.

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Graphic prints infused with monochrome add personality without looking too wacky. They are bold, nonetheless, and work better for some on coats rather than dresses and suits.

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Choose a handbag with interesting detailing; be it a pop of print, colour, or texture. Crossbody is a cool and practical option for every day, as it leaves you completely hands-free. Read more here about why you should by a crossbody bag this season.

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