London, Covent Garden

Spice up your Monochrome

Photography by Gemma

Celine box bag, white shirt, silk scarf, street style

Monochrome has been a big ‘thing’ of mine for years now and if I’m ever stuck for something to wear, I head for those black & whites.  However, I’ve recently found myself wanting to take my monochrome outfits to the next level, and I’ve done this with accessories.  

I’m very much a neutral colour palette kind of girl, come summer there may be a few seasonal colours injected into my wardrobe but we’re certainly not talking acid brights, no no, for me that will never happen.  But, when it comes to accessories I’m game for being a bit more daring.  Buying these red Gucci shoes recently was a pretty big deal for me as normally I tend to only invest in classic colours (black, beige, grey)  but you guys twisted my arm on Snapchat and you weren’t wrong!  I love them, these shoes have not only become companions for my Saint Laurent tote bag but are adding a much needed pop of colour to outfits like this.  Let’s imagine this look with a monochrome scarf and without those shoes, lets swap in a pair of classic black courts.  It’s still a chic outfit but it says nothing, it’s those small pops of colour which transform this look into something totally street style worthy.

So the next time you find yourself reaching for those black & whites, why not spice up your monochrome with some colourful accessories.

white shirt, silk scarf, ankle grazer trousers, celine box bag, red gucci shoes

black celine box bag, white shirt, silk scarf tied around the neck

white shirt, silk scarf neckerchief, celine box bag, street style

ankle grazers, white shirt, silk scarf, celine box bag, red suede gucci shoes, SS16


Outfit Details

Shirt – Zara (Similar here)

Scarf – Vintage (Similar here)

Trousers – Dorothy Perkins

Shoes – Gucci

Bag – Jessica Buurman

Sunglasses – Topshop

Shot with the Olympus PEN E-PL7 using the 75mm Lens

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  1. 30th March 2016 / 7:50 am

    I’m also a huge fan of monochrome, and I’ve been adding little details like a bright scarf to spice up my outfits! It works wonders!


    • 30th March 2016 / 9:20 pm

      It really does 🙂 x

  2. Adele
    30th March 2016 / 10:02 am

    Big thumbs up to this look Emma. I have a very similar style to you & need to get some silk scarves to wear with me shirts/blazers. Still adore those red Gucci’s!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • 30th March 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks Adele, and yes definitely, once I bought one scarf that’s it, I was addicted! If you live in London, Topshop Oxford Circus have a little stand in the accessories area which is full of gorgeous vintage silk scarves, most are designer like Dior, Valentino etc and they’re all £25 x

  3. 30th March 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I also love neutrals the best. I don’t really feel comfortable in loud colours. If I do colours, they have to be subtle either in amount or in hue. I could get down with the neck scarf you’re wearing here 🙂

    • 30th March 2016 / 9:25 pm

      haha thank you, it is a great scarf, I was pretty chuffed when I found it x

  4. Helen
    30th March 2016 / 3:54 pm

    These Gucci heels are to die for!! Serious shoe envy over here

    • 30th March 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Thanks Helen 😉 x

  5. Maddie H
    30th March 2016 / 8:49 pm


  6. 31st March 2016 / 10:27 am

    Adore this outfit! I wear monochrome outfits all the time and I’ve just got a new turquoise green bag from KG which would look so good with a black and white outfit! I need to invest in some coloured shoes because I’m still wearing black boots and nothing else… haha!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

    • 31st March 2016 / 4:48 pm

      haha nothing wrong with black boots 😉 a good trusty staple! Ooooh the bag sounds lovely though, and a great way to inject some colour into your outfit x

  7. 5th April 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Adding a scarf to this outfit really brightens the whole look. We love checking out your blog, keep up the great work!

    Brooke x

  8. 12th November 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Looking gorgeous.

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