Black and white is still alright

Monochrome is the fashion trend that keeps on giving, and as summer gets underway (finally!) it shows no sign of slowing down. 

You can’t open the papers lately without seeing a celebrity in a black and white outfit, it seems. Cheryl Cole, Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani have all been spotted in monochrome looks this month alone.

Our top five monochrome fashion picks

Never one to miss a fashion trend, stylist Karen Skagerlind has scoured the stores to find her favourite black and white pieces for us – to help you put together a stylish look that will see you through the summer holidays and into autumn.

The dress

The breton dress from M&S is an easy piece to layer on an overcast day with leather look leggings and a chambray shirt underneath with flat slip on pumps. Or on holiday team with shades and block heel sandals.

The jacket

Team this great Mango blazer with white cullottes, black silk top and heels for a client meeting, or a black linen mix t-shirt white skinny jeans and sandals to work from home.

The shorts

These paint print shorts by Malene Birger are smart enough for a work look. Wear with a boxy white shirt and gold chunky bracelets with a sandal to keep your cool in meetings on a summer’s day.

The pumps

Well known stylist and fashion journalist Katie Grand has teamed up with Hogan to create these spotty pumps with heart motif-now in the sale from Net-a-Porter.

The swimsuit

This is the most flattering swimsuit I’ve seen this season. From River Island, it has slimming illusion side panels,a sweetheart neckline to flatter all bust sizes and waist emphasising band detail! I challenge you to find better.

The bag

This Michael Kors tote bag is great for travelling. The perfect combination of style and practicality.

By Karen Skagerlind of Wardrobe Wand.