Fashion Integrated: The Monochromatic

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Beyond Black & White

We could label the current integration of black and white into garments as a trend, but this ensemble has existed in the fashion industry for years. When we take a look at designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and Comme des Garcons,  all are well-known for their monochromatic clothing, dating the trend back to the 50’s and beyond. The elegant and chic nature of monochrome makes it one trend that transcends seasons.

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One could easily wear a monochrome jumpsuit in the spring, or a monochrome leather biker jacket in the fall. The best black and white collaboration  appears so effortless, yet picturesque. The integration of the dynamic duo into a wardrobe already defies what society says should not occur. Separately, the colors represent two distinctively different styles. Black illustrates such adjectives as bold, daring, exotic, enticing, modest, arrogant; while white exhibits careful and attentive. United however, black and white represent the integration of an ensemble unmatched by any other.


Most people fail to realize that fashion has no boundaries. Personal style reflects exactly that, the personal. For those who do acknowledge the freedom in fashion, we integrate all aspects and elements of our identity into our wardrobe. Black and white conjoined can form a cohesive union to complete the look. In fashion we think separation exists, but reality says that integration is possible. In more ways than one, there is solidarity in black and white.

Jonathan Glymph is international fashion correspondent and blogger for Haute is Magazine.

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