Even though I work in fashion and should know better, I too am one of those women who, when in doubt, reaches for basic black. It’s easy, looks great (usually) and - depending on the morning - is the only thing I can think about putting on. Plus, wearing black means my husband doesn’t have to be harassed by my morning refrain: “Does this match?”
However, after spotting a few stylish young ladies on the red carpet this week dressed in monochromatic ensembles in bright spring shades, I realized there's no need to worry about matching if you choose just one colour (and no, black does not qualify as a colour)?
Solange Knowles, Queen B’s little sis, is a master at mixing prints and patterns, but last week she went heavy on the solids in varying shades of head-to-toe tangerine (her silky skirt is by Acne Studios).
Last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, both Emma Watson (in Narciso Rodriguez) and Leighton Meester (in Emporio Armani) also opted for the two-tone look in pastel-perfect pieces. For Emma, who also has a thing for black (she completed her recent Noah press tour primarily in black and white), it was a fun return to her more youthful side.
What makes all of these looks work is that, for each, the colour family is the same but the hue of each piece is slightly different. That, plus the mixing of textures, is what makes a monochromatic look work.
So even though Chanel may haven given black her blessing, I’ll be giving it a rest this spring and going head to toe yellow… or pink… or orange…