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TREND Report: monochrome

Images: Jil Sander S2011 RTW, ADAM Resort 2012, Bottega Veneta Resort 2012.

Ladies and gentleman, let me reintroduce you to an old friend: Monochrome.  You might not recognize monochrome from the pictures above because recently, monochrome has undergone a makeover.  No longer does the idea of wearing an outfit entirely of one color apply only to black and white.  In fact, for summer, the brighter the better.  BUT, since wearing orange or yellow head-to-toe may be a bit intimidating for many women, here’s how some brave fashionistas carry off the trend in real life:

The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine, pops in purple, while a Style Pantry owner re-defines blue jeans.  Finally, The Sartorialist spotted the third woman on the streets of Milan and couldn’t resist taking her picture.  The trend is easier than it looks and I guarantee your overflowing closet could put together more than a few monochrome looks.  For more ideas, check out the SHOP section below and boldly go where your closet has never gone before with monochrome!

Blue: Splendid Safari-style shirt, ADAM Pleated skirt.
Coral: Chinti and Parker Organic cotton tank, Vanessa Bruno Tapered crepe pants.
Green: Splendid Cotton tee, Alice + Olivia Cady satin shorts.
Tan: Chloe Silk-crepe shirt, Kelly Bergin Leather mini skirt.
Red: Chloe Cape-back silk-crepe top, Michael Kors Samantha skinny pant.

Allison of Lady in Red Lipstick

TREND Report: wide-leg

Above: Bottega Veneta Resort 2012, Style.com; Chanel Resort 2012, Style.com; Sportmax Resort 2012, Style.com.  M Missoni patterned wide-leg pants, Net-a-Porter.com; J.Crew Irene orange linen wide-leg pant, Net-a-Porter.com;  Tucker printed silk blouse, Net-a-Porter.com; J.Crew striped jersey top, Net-a-Porter.com.

While older generations may find the wide-leg trend evoking images of Janis Joplin and peace sign-wielding Vietnam protesters, we who live on the chic side of life see otherwise.   Denim and pant alike were stretched out and lengthened on the Spring 2011 and Resort 2012 runways.  Paired with a sheer top and classic blazer, the look that comes together oozes luxury.  Plus, wide-leg pants are extremely flattering on women of all body types.  And, unlike the denim leggings of fall and winter, wide-leg pants can be perfectly light and airy for summer.  Pick a pair in a bold color for added effect and compliment with a favorite pair of skinny wedges (chunky will definitely give you the 1970’s effect) and a structured, lady-like clutch and you’ll be turning sun-burned heads all summer.

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