monochrome, black and white, stripes, pleats, lace
monochrome, black and white, stripes, pleats, lace

So the much anticipated Valentine’s Day is over and well everybody wants to know how everyone spent theirs. Well for me I attended a program that really challenged my mind and Got me thinking about certain things which I will be talking about in this week's Sarah Speaks. It really is interesting to see that something that was raved about so much is already over, just like that. 

Moving on, today I am coming back to you guys with another bloggers collaboration featuring Stephanie of Stephylately. She's from Zambia but based in the UK. We've actually been following each other for a while now, I remember Stephanie from those early blog days and I'm proud to see how far we've both come. She recently rebranded and has been giving us hits back to back.

monochrome, black and white, stripes, pleats, lace

Choosing a theme was quite challenging hence we settled on black and white, which quite frankly, one can't go wrong with. The monochromatic trend as it applies to black and white is always a good idea and quite versatile since it works for any occasion. Whether one decides to stick to neutral colours like black and white or with a pop of colour, one can't fail with this classic look and trend. It's interesting to observe that while I stuck with plain colours, Stephanie opted for a pop of pink and both looks worked just right.

monochrome, black and white, stripes, pleats, lace

monochrome, black and white, stripes, pleats, lacePhotography by Blessing Audu

However, as trustworthy as this trend is, it can be quite boring or too safe at times. So how does one upgrade or change this neutral look?

Related: 5 Quick Ways to Upgrade an Outfit

1. Add a pop of colour either in your accessories, makeup or clothing just like Stephanie
2. Play with textures to make things more interesting. As you can observe, I combined lace and pleats which changed things up. Also Stephanie opted for a little layering which just took the look to another level.
3. Do not be scared to try prints like I did with the stripe blazer. You can also try mixing prints like I did here
4. Opt for statement outwear. You might want to add a printed blazer like I did or go for a statement coat like Stephanie which automatically dresses up the look.
5. Finally statement jewellery will add a nice touch too. 

Skirt: Thailand || Shoes: Zara || Blazer: Thrift || Necklace: H&M

blush coat, styling monochrome

Hope these tips were helpful, how do you upgrade black and white? How do you like to rock monochrome? If you missed my first 2017 collaboration with Tee (here) then check that out.

Be sure to head over to Stephanie blog for more great posts and further details on this look.

Let’s stay in touch


SHON said...

Such a great blog post!

Damie Alabi said...

What I genuinely love about your posts beyond the picture and its quality is the context and write-up. Its makes visiting your blog an experience more than just seeing pictures of your outfit.

Valentine day is over ooo...just like that and "everybody eye don clear"

Monochrome truly never goes out of style and like you said it can't go out of style.

You asked a question on my blog about nomination , I doubt you'll see it when I reply on there. So it was "most sociable"

Oroma Roxella Rukevwe said...

Love both your takes on styling monochrome!

/ ORR - Life & Style Journal

Dive Into Mauve (anthoniaokokon@gmail.com) said...

Love! Love! Love!

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thanks girl this means a lot. Sometimes I feel I talk ri much and that my posts can be quite long but I'm glad that someone enjoys it. Lol as for valentine's day everybody eye Don clear oh. Congrats on the award again.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thanks girl.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thanks Tee for stopping by

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thanks Shon


Great stuff! Thanks for the tips.

Stephylately said...

I am glad we got to do ! Am sure we will do another collab soon. Take care.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

We definitely will girl, soon too.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

thank you

Steph said...

Love your blazer! And both of your bags :)

DavisFierce said...

Amazing post hun


Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thanks Steph

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Long time no see, thanks for stopping by.

Nwamaka Ajaegbu said...

Lovely post. Not a fan of monochromatic outfit but I can try once in a while. Thanks for the tips.

Your blog is amazing.


Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

You definitely should try especially with pops of colour since your not a fan. Thank you so much.

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