Guest writer LaToya Bowlah is back with some insightful fashion tips in tribute to our MONOCHROME MADNESS cover! Though the trend is still going strong, sadly, all good things must come to an end… So thank you to Latoya for helping us to say goodbye to the current cover, and we look forward to introducing something new in April!

As spring moves from the madness of monochrome into Caribbean-inspired, zesty tones of corals and pastels, the timeless, classic style of black coupled with white continues to endure.

For the chic lady who relishes in classy comfort, marching monochrome into 2012 is PAIDER, by ALDO Shoes’ RISE collection for $155.00 USD. According to ALDO, RISE ‘creates a space where informed customers and fashion world insiders can come together to influence and inspire one another.’


Since shoes are often sourced as the inspiration for complementary bags, the PAIDER, coupled with the ROCHAS Borsa R18 bag found on for $1985.00 USD, is a match made in monochrome that can uniformly pull together any outfit.


To complete your monochrome must-have collection, look to the now-trending transparent chiffons. For a minimalist look, get the tuxedo inspired chiffon blouse from American Apparel, priced at $58.00 USD.


For a simple yet youthful style, be sure to add a black and white patterned bandeau to your summer crops. As cropped tops are a summer essential, this monochrome doodle-printed bandeau by ASOS Collection, for $26.86 USD, is ideal.


And if you’re up for the plunge, also found on ASOS is a dual tone – black and white of course – plunging V-neck swimsuit priced at $68.04 USD.


For the men of monochrome who know that monochrome’s most classic form is a well-tailored blazer over a white, collared shirt, wear a textured black skinny blazer from Top Man for £65.00 GBP, with a classic black skinny tie and black textured slim trousers, also available in Top Man for £35.00 GBP.


While this look is a fashion classic, suits and blazers can be a little stiff, and some days just beg for the simple comfort of a t-shirt and denim bottoms. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it fashionably.

So, if you’re a fella who simply finds comfort in the casual, clean style that black and white offer, look to ASOS for a Horace Striped T-Shirt for $80.57 USD. With a relaxed-fit, lightweight jersey fabric, and a contrasting block-stripped pattern, this T-shirt is casual but detailed and stylish.


Complement this shirt with an all-purpose, signature backpack that you feel comfortable wearing anywhere. Exclusively online on is a hand-loomed Ethnotek Thread Backpack for $149.00 USD. To complete the casual look, or for a finished look to any outfit, look to the Aladin Boot in oatmeal-white with black, manmade soles by Cheap Monday for $130.00 USD.

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This look is all about effortless style, and monochrome has a way of making fashion easy. With these monochrome essentials, you’ll be well on your way to creating a well-rounded wardrobe for 2012!

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