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The Beyond Retro Guide To… Monochromatic Dressing.

Posted on March 26 2019

One of the biggest trends of 2019 has been head-to-toe dressing, taking your favourite colour and really going all out with the styling. Whether you’re a pastel princess or a lime-green lover this trend is versatile and can be tailored to suit your style.

Monochrome on the Catwalk

 ADEAM FW19 CAROLINA HERRERA FW19 PAM HOGG FW19 FENDI FW19

At fashion weeks across New York, London, Milan and Paris designers were tapping into this trend, from Fendi to Pam Hogg the hue-heavy looks kept coming. Whilst Adeam showed striking suits in block colours with matching shoes, Fendi did a slightly more pared-back version with a light, turquoise tulle look. Take a note from Carolina Herrera and up your monochromatic game by adding a pop of bright eyeliner to match the outfit. Once you’ve found your favourite shade then check out our range of coloured berets to make your outfit next-level chic.


How Celebrities Style Monochrome

Rihanna in Versace Bella Hadid in Dior Tessa Thompson in Rosie Assoulin   Solange in Marques Almeida

Of course, the monochromatic style has been around for a while and Rihanna was rocking a gorge green version of this back in 2015; if a full head-to-toe look seems too daunting for you then maybe a coat/sunglasses/shoe combo might be an easier way for you to try this trend. Bella and Solange both turned heads in all-out yellow whilst Tessa Thompson looked H O T  in all over red.

Top Instagram Monochrome Looks

We’re only human, Instagram is where we get a lot of our inspo and this trend has been everywhere. Going into spring, pastels will be the colour palette of choice to drench yourself in and boy do we have some styling inspiration for you. Previous Beyond Retro event panellist Tahmina Begum and Sophie Avalon look super sweet in pastel boilersuits whilst Anne Johannsen and Alicia Roddy opt for sugary blue hues. If pastels aren’t your thing green and yellow looks are a fail-safe which is bound to also brighten up your day.

@tahminaxbegum @annejohannsen @jessdoolan @lissyroddy @songofstyle

If you’re wondering where to start with this trend, why not try a pair of colourful jeans and pair them with a jacket in a matching tone, this trend is all about fun so don’t worry if the colours don’t match exactly, mixing in a couple of different shades of the same colour will mean you can mix and match more. Accessories are also an easy way in, all you need to do is think of something you already own in your favourite colour and then go to town on our selection of sunglasses, hats, bags and belts.


Spring Campaign

For our head-to-toe campaign, we filled the Beyond Retro studio with colour and styled Rosie and Savannah in a rainbow of outfits. Whether you choose to block primary colours or mix and match printed pastels you can shop everything you need for a major monochromatic moment sustainably at Beyond Retro.

Inspired by our new trends? Check out our favourite animal print looks from the last century here.

Words Eloise Gendry