One of the major recurring trends for any winter season worth its salt is M O N O C H R O M E.
Let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t need to steer away from a classic, if it’s been (successfully) around this long then why deviate from a winner? Year after year we see variations on monochrome to suit the season and what’s coming off as “hot on the runway”…but if you are savvy about it you can invest in pieces now that will be ‘in style’ year after year after year.
This is the lesson I have learned this year.
I’ll come clean now, I am a compulsive spender. I see it, I want it, I MUST HAVE IT! But these compulsive purchases have often left me with clothing that has been worn once, twice or a handful of times then never looked at again. Why? Because it’s not always affordable to ‘compulsive spend’ on trends that will not last longer than one season….actually…it’s never affordable to plump out your wardrobe in this manner.
Which is why I have started ‘shopping savvy’…or as my partner would call it: ‘being smart’.
Below are some of the pieces that I have ‘invested’ in this season. Most of them were purchased on sale and will (hopefully) never go out of style, the only exception to the “on sale” rule was the Twice Shy bomber jacket from Sass & Bide…this was a serious investment piece (i.e. something I was willing to spend big dollars on because of the wearbility of it once the current winter trends are long forgotten. Let’s face it, a good quality, well styled jacket that actually keeps you toasty warms is NEVER out of fashion).
All-in-all I think monochrome is one of those recurring trends that you can invest in to suit your wardrobe, your personality and, certainly, your budget. Just remember: think CLASSIC.
(PS: classic means: no ‘fad’ prints, no quirky hemlines or shapes and certainly no eccentric beading or accoutrements. Plain, well-cut, flattering styles will always be your friend!)