Monochrome À La Mode

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From flare to body-con, from ’30s midis to boxy wool sweaters, monochromatic black ensembles were omnipresent in fashion week shows across the Western Hemisphere.  A lineup of trend-setting antics that elicit a subtle sense of chic, avant-garde elation was sprung from the classics: sculptural tops, waxen jackets, perforated pullovers, and (a fashion staple) leather skinnies.

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An applauding mishmash of classic vibes isn’t new to the fashion world. Down the Lincoln Center catwalks to the stone-cobbled streets of Paris, celebrities and socialites alike gear towards this classic streamlined look for its underscored à la mode impression. Simply put – versatile and never out of style.

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We can take a page out of Poppy Delevingne’s style playbook and put together an all-black ensemble that lends itself nicely to an evening soirée. Or a 9-5 gig. Or a retail therapy session. So to master this veritably chic style in your everyday life, take note of the following:

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1.) Fabrics – Vary in texture! Macramé tops, wool pants, leather moto jackets, you get my drift. Make sure dense and sheer fabrics offset one another. You don’t want to pair a mesh top with a lace body-con dress. Leave some to the imagination.

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2.) Accessories Tribal beads, stackable rings, printed scarfs, fedoras. Accenting your outfit with colorful baubles and season-appropriate toppers would galvanize you to anywhere but ho hum.

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3.) Lips Pucker up! Give the dark ensemble a shot of adrenaline with fiery red lips! Cherry or fuchsia, coral or pink. Choose one that bodes well with your skin tone (say young maiden, bold red for fair, orange for medium, berry for dark).

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My head-to-toe black ensemble today resonates with the idea of simplicity with an edge. Highly enamored by this Alexander Wang number the moment I walked in the store, the subtle folds across the front adds a tendril of flair to a classic silhouette. To hold steady my visual interest, I mix and mingled various fabrics like a patterned leather jacket and dark denim skinnies. Gold-toned accessories are my go-to source of color as well as this orange Pashli and cherry red lips from YSL Rouge Volupté. Favorite item du jour? These velvety cut-out heels from Elie Tahari 🙂

What’s your favorite neutral ensemble for Fall? Please comment and let me know! Happy pairing!

Xo~ Lena

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Top: Alexander Wang// Jeans: Paige// Jacket: Hinge// Shoes: Elie Tahari// Bag: Phillip Lim// Bracelets: Urban Outfitters// Shades: Prada

Photos: Jason J

60 thoughts on “Monochrome À La Mode

  1. Looking super chic, Lena! I love your outfit, head to toe! When I was in my 20s, I was afraid of the monochromatic-black statement, but now in my 30s, I feel most comfortable dressed in head-to-toe black! Funny how we change. Love the post.

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    • Hi Jacqueline! Thanks for dropping by! I totally agree with you on how our style evolve over the years. When I was in college it was sweatshirts and jeans all the way! By the way I remember seeing you in an LBD (Kate Spade was it?) You looked absolutely ravishing in it!! Would love to see another OOTD soon. Take care and have a wonderful day!! 🙂

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  2. Love everything about this look Lena! Your hair, makeup, all black outfit, accessories and that phillip lim bag though!! I was so close to getting that.. But ended up gettin a different brand. Amazing photos as always! 🙂

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    • Hi Annie! That’s so sweet of you! I’m testing out curly hair these days and I’m glad the effect didn’t go awry. If anything I miss getting wavy perms in BKK (I believe it was one in Central Ladprao). Which bag did you end up getting? Would love to see a “what’s in my bag” post 🙂

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    • Hi Annie! Thanks for stopping by to say hi! Yes monochrome pairing is fun, versatile, any classy; love playing up different styles, fabrics, and cuts! Do you have an OOTD in a neutral ensemble? Would love to check it out if so!! Thanks and have a great day!! 🙂

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      • hi Lena! I really don’t have a post on my blog since I’m all about skin care and makeup ( and leave the glorious fashion to those who are really good at, like you for instance 😉 ) But I can tell you this: my wardrobe has 5 colours, technically 3 if you don’t count the black and the white as a colour… So there is grey, navy and beige… Immagine the combos I can do with them LOL and you will have your outfit! 😉 Lots of xx

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  3. Hi Lena!!! You look amazing in this chic, all black outfit! I had a giggle to myself because I have the very same black leather ‘Hinge’ jacket that I bought at Nordstrom’s last year:) Great minds think alike! Those shoes are fabulous as well and I love the pop of color with the mini Phillip Lim! Have a wonderful day:) ~Lauren http://www.ginnysclosetblog.com

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    • Oh wow what a small world! Don’t you just love the buttery smooth texture of this jacket? It’s my all-time fav now! What do you normally wear it with? I love your chic and elegant outfits so would love to see an OOTD with the jacket! Thanks for stopping by Lauren, you have a great one too!

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    • Thanks girl!! Yes isn’t that bag fun? I love the contrast between a neutral ensemble and a POP of color from any accessory. Thanks for stopping by! As always I really appreciate your kind comments. Have a great one!

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  4. Oh, how I just adore your matching here, love the Phillip Lim, and the color.
    I want one i black and orange.
    I like the design of your jacket, what brand is it?
    great blog, I got lot´s of inspiration from you.

    have a great Sunday

    XO /Jenny

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