The traditional art definition of monochrome (that I recall cramming at one stage for an art exam) is defined as, one colour.

Mono, the root-word which means 'one' is where it all begins. 

Dictionary.com defines the word as, “the state or condition of being painted, decorated, etc., in shades of a single colour.”

And the idea that automatically springs to mind upon hearing the term is the combination of two solid colours like pink and white but most commonly a fusion of black and white. 

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Fortunately, with so much meaning attached to this single term, there’s plenty of room for interpretation, which on any given day is music to any fashion lover's ears.

Black and white

A fresh, clean start to the week sets the tone for the days to follow.

So kick off your week in a girl-on-the-move quintessential monochromatic ensemble.

Woke up with a spring in my step ???? | ?? : @rufushorne

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Lace detailed blouse, Spree, R379.

Monochrome in hot pink

We’re grateful for 2017’s millennial pastel based candy as it offered a sweet taste of what we’re enjoying now – magenta or hot pink, whatever you suppose.

Dress it up in fifty shades of pink from head-to-toe.

Thursdays in Johannesburg. ??

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Longsleeve wrap playsuit, Superbalist, R349.

We are also smitten with this blue...

Monochrome in prints

Let’s face it, life is always a little better in vintage prints.

Add an enchanting touch of '80s-inspired leopard print, or strike it lucky in timeless stripes and oversized polka dots. The bigger the print, the better!

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Oversized round sunglasses, MRP, R49.99.

Billie sleeveless shirt, Cotton On, R150.

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Monochrome in metallics

Silver is having a serious moment as autumn’s most wearable and desired metallic. From street style to sportswear, silver is no longer solely reserved for glitzy evening outings.

So, whether you opt for a slip dress or foil inspired coat, you’re sure to command some serious attention in this season’s prized bling.

Choker bodycon dress, MRP, R159.99.

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