TRENDING: Monochrome!

"Anyone can buy fashion, but style is something you OWN!" We all know fashion trends are cyclical, but there is a certain style that never goes out of fashion. Monochrome is guaranteed to endure and no matter what the fashion mags say, if you know how to work your black and whites you'll always be in style. Today is Melbourne Cup Day in Australia – a day when for twenty minutes the focus is on one big horse race, but for the rest of the day all eyes are firmly on the 'fashion on the fields'. Spring racing carnivals are an ideal opportunity to dress up in your finest and parade your fashion sense and, in keeping with the time of year, bold bright colours, prints and florals are ever popular. But this year, the hottest trend has been the resurgence of monochrome. Don't believe us? Take a look at the 2017 Derby Day Fashions on the Field: it's all right here in black and white!

Monochrome also featured highly on the red carpets in 2017's Golden Globe Awards and at the Emmys with fabulous monochromatic creations from Christian Dior, Chanel, Vera Wang and Zuhair Murad amongst many others. With a classic combination like black and white there's plenty of opportunity to play with textures, fabrics, layers and tailoring to create unique and stand-out looks. Here are some casual and dressy looks to get you inspired.

One of the most beautiful aspects of monochrome is that it's so versatile. It's easy to mix and match to create many stunning looks from a few classic pieces. Dress it up for an event, and dress it down for casual wear. Be bold with a variety of fabrics, and throw in a few prints – stripes, geometrics, floral, anything works! – to really stand out in a crowd.

Accessorising is simple; trainers, stilettos, handbags, belts, scarfs, headbands etc. are all readily available on the high street in blacks, whites and monos, and bold monochromatic jewellery, the likes of which were so popular in the 80s and 90s, is the adornment of choice for many a fashionista.

Our new range of black and white enamelled and crystal clip-on earrings is available now. It's sure to be popular so get in quick and get on trend!

Next week: "Gemology: F is for ..." The sixth instalment of our gemology guide brings you gemstones beginning with F.

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