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Monochrome Trend: The Icons Edit



Ever feel like you were born in the wrong decade? Do you crave the glamour of the 40s, the parties of the 60s and the sequins of the 80s? Don’t get us wrong, we love the freedom of today’s style – but sometimes to put your best fashion foot forward, you’ve got to look back.

It's easy to create edgy glamour using the monochrome trend, it can be adapted to any decade and look flawless! Follow us back in time as we take some style notes from timeless fashion icons who knew a thing or two about looking good.



Vila Jose Sleeveless Shirt, At Republic Rib Skater Skirt, Motel Glamour Prom Spot Dress, Blink Marvel heels

We have two 1950s girls on our list, but we’re starting with the Grace Kelly, the stunning movie star turned Princess. Grace was always impeccably dressed and spent a good bit of her time in jaw-dropping couture gowns, as a bride she even made Kate Middleton look sloppy! We chose items that had a prim and proper vibe with an extra big helping of elegance.




AX Paris Sheer Panelled Midi Dress, At Republic Houndstooth T Shirt, Miso Pencil Skirt, Blink Brylee Boot Heels.

Our second 1950s girl is the notorious Miss Bettie Page, the racy pin-up girl with impeccable style. Bettie caused quite a stir in her era, the world wasn’t ready for her just yet – but she certainly knew how to pull together a look! For our Bettie inspired looks we chose items that show off your assets, figure hugging clothes with a set of killer heels is the best recipe to ace her style.




Rock and Rags by Firetrap Carly Crop Top, Uncut Elena Leggings, Motel Demelza Cut Out Dress, Rock and Rags by Firetrap Alexa Tip Court Heels.

For our next icon we’re jumping forward to the 1960s, we can’t get over Edie Sedgwick’s It girl vibe. Her look was extremely distinctive, she was a big lover of short dresses, tight trousers and chandelier earrings – it’s easy to see why she was Andy Warhol’s muse. For our Edie inspired looks we went for bodycon pieces with psychedelic prints.




At Republic Sequin Maxi Dress, Kat Vin D Starflyer Heels, Glamorous Dash Jumpsuit.

Our last fashion icon is one of the great DIVA’S of our time, the fabulous Donna Summer! The Queen of Disco certainly knew how to rock some sequins and always served drama with her outfit choices. For our Donna inspired looks we went with a striking jumpsuit and a sparkly maxi dress – if you don’t wear this look with a big set of curls, you’re not wearing it properly!


To create your own monochrome inspired look, check out our updated monochrome trend edit. We’ve included a range of pieces from Motel, Glamorous, AX Paris and G Star – you will find plenty of clothes and accessories to add some monochrome magic to your wardrobe. If you're uploading USC outfit posts to instagram or twitter, remember to tag us #uscfashion – we love to see your style!