The Oreo Effect: Monochrome B&W Style

Rainy days aren’t just bad for the hair, but for our outfits too. I can’t even count the number of times I have gotten a great look together to wear and it starts bucketing with rain. This can put a real damper in your overall mood. But through weather and error, I have decoded exactly what to wear when it rains, like swapping jeans for dresses and adding a bold raincoat to bring a little cheer to a much gloomy day. And, of course, a sturdy chic umbrella. Speaking of rain, it seems the fashion industry enjoys getting inspired from old school eras. This has been evident in the return of the 90s styles. Which can be both fun and scary. 
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One decade that is coming back with star power, is the mod era of the sizzling 1960s. No, you don’t have to run to your mums closet to see if she still kept a hold of that incredible Twiggy styled dress. (even though, I kind of feel like doing that now.)
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The monochrome is really not going anywhere. And it seems to be breathing a new life with the Oreo effect. This black and white tandem is anything but boring, you can mix a variety of patterned, striped, and geometric styles. The look alone can be highly easy to pull off and possess versatility for days. 
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For some, the idea of having any type of bold colour in their wardrobe is unthinkable. Instead of a brighter approach, monochrome outfits, featuring black and white pieces, is the only style that is always acceptable. This works for so many cinereous, if you happen to be attending a gala, wedding, or a cocktail party, these two iconic tones mesh perfectly. 
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It doesn’t just stop at important formal events. You can wear the Oreo effect, casually while you stroll down the city streets. And the best part is when you mix this style with old fashioned favourites like a pair of sleek denim jeans. 
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Being really creative doesn’t mean you have to be all bold and empowered with a trend. You can introduce bits and pieces with some hot accessories. Handbags, shoes, jewellery, the list is endless.
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Below are some hot b&w accessories and clothing to really help you try this style out for yourself. 

Miu Miu patent leather flats SHOP

Jimmy Choo Leather Ankle Strap Sandals SHOP

Robert Clergerie x Susa Pumps SHOP

Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed Envelope Clutch SHOP

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Bag SHOP

Chanel Chocolate Bar Flap SHOP

Chanel Resin Coco Cuff SHOP

14K Diamond Drop Earrings SHOP

Onyx Cocktail Ring SHOP

Celine Brush Stroke Dress SHOP

Diane von Furstenberg SHOP

Balmain Structured Striped Blazer SHOP

Helmut Lang Skirt SHOP

Kenzo mini skirt SHOP

Christian Dior Silk Floral Skirt SHOP


  1. I found this post very interesting and informative. Thank you for sharing your special thoughts with us. I definitely share this with my peeps.

  2. Love this. Some of my most timeless, go-to pieces are monochrome. And I love all your visual inspo. Great post!

  3. Ohhhh yes, this is definitely something I can get in to! Black and white are definitely go to looks of mine so this is so me. I love how simple but chic it looks. Sign me up!

    Susie |

  4. You've shared some fabulous style suggestions in this post; there really is nothing quite so chic as a monochrome outfit! Black and white pair together so perfectly, especially during the colder months of the year.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  5. I love the color combination of black and white. It has a graphic appeal.I'm loving the Celine brush stroke dress.