Like sorbet served between courses, I am going to transition to the next season with a cleansing sweep of monochromatic styles before the abundance of fall colour parades into my wardrobe.

I’ve selected a few relaxed sportswear styles and easygoing statement pieces that create striking must-haves and will last far longer than one season. Great investment basics in black and white can be styled season, upon season, never growing dull.  I love the oversized graphic argyle jumper layered with the leather skirt, and rest those heels and run around in a pair of skull-bearing loafers—tough chic. The sweater dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim, sans skinny pants, works just as well, and top off these casual looks with a Reed Krakoff bag, appropriately named, Gym Tote.

Monochromatic styles

Stella McCartney: Large Diamond Roll Neck Jumper $865, Reed Krakoff: Gym Tote $990, Markus Lupfer: Leather Circle skirt $985, 3.1 Phillip Lim Fading Houndstooth Sweater Dress $525, Alexander McQueen: Skull-Vamp Suede Loafer $645.

The first dress is a teaser—sublime and divine, this dress by Vionnet is from the pre-fall collection, and I cannot find it anywhere.  This rectangular dress imbues the bias-cut skill that rendered Madeline Vionnet a heroine of fashion.  Classic, and perfectly feminine, the monochromatic tote by Chloe is undeniably beautiful.  I want! The next two dresses, both similar, give that amazing trompe l’oeil effect, narrowing the hips for a slender, lean, look. Finally, I adore these mid-calf boots by Narciso, an artistic nod to Mondrian, sharp and sexy.

monochromatic dresses

  Vionnet Rectangle Dress, Chloe Lucy Leather Tote $3,795, 3.1 Phillip Lim: Long Sleeved Shadow Dress: $525.00, Stella McCartney: Jersey Dress $795, Narciso Rodriguez color block mid-calf boot $1,695.

Well, I have ordered one of these pieces already any guess which one?