How to make monochrome and neutrals stand out

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. Here's how.

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 fit and flare cut adds a feminine finish to a slate grey coat (below). A bare ankle is a clever way of creating a cool contrast with the boyish collar of a traditional white shirt or a masculine cut coat.

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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, tan and rust tones are also key for AW18. 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 bags are a cool and practical option for every day, as they leave you completely hands-free.

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