• Top 10 Pre-summer Monochrome Separates

    Published Friday 24th April 2015 @ 5.27pm by Ann Russell

    The sun is finally shining! Hooray! But with warmer weather comes the conundrum over what to wear. It's not quite hot enough for shorts and t-shirts so we've picked 10 practical monochrome separates that will see you through to summer.

    We think everyone from teenagers to pensioners can wear a bomber jacket, just look at Mary Berry! This fresh white version from Y.A.S at House of Fraser is the perfect warm weather cover-up and will slot right into your wardrobe now paired with jeans, a lightweight jumper and some statement earrings. Established in 2010, Y.A.S (short for Your Apparel & Style) are known for their clever tailoring and sleek silhouettes. Check out the rest of their collection here.

    If you're daydreaming of the beach then try out these black patterned trousers that can be dressed up with heels or down with a pair of flat leather sandals. It might be a little early for sun hats and beachwear but we couldn't resist this Jasper Conran straw version and Accessorize patterned fringed kaftan that are both perfect for the summer holidays ahead.

    Add a touch of humour to your everyday monochrome outfit with a Lulu Guinness holdall. Here her trademark red lips liven up a standard tote bag that's big enough to carry an ipad and your cosmetics. Lulu's iconic designs have been described as 'tomorrow's treasures' and have become permanent fixtures in museums worldwide. What we find so interesting about Lulu is that she began her business at 29 and is still at the heart of it today - what an inspirational lady! Alternatively if you're a fan of edgier accessories you'll love a studded ring or two. We think these Jetty rings are best worn stacked as a set of two or three for maximum impact.

    Complete your pre-summer monochrome look with some carefully chosen jewellery like this Jane Gowans x Johanna Basford friendship bracelet that can be worn everywhere from the boardroom to the beach. Illustrator Johanna Basford is known for her intricate hand drawings and collaborated with Jane to create a special limited edition single sterling silver bloom on a black thread bracelet.. Only 100 of the design were made and each bracelet is accompanied by a pocket-sized Basford print, so if you're looking for a unique addition to your jewellery box you won't go wrong with this carefully crafted favourite.

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