As you are probably aware I’m a great fan of colour and have lots of colourful items in my wardrobe. I love to work with colour especially at this time of year. Yet there are days when I just like to keep my outfit simple. Today I thought I would explore how to wear monochrome with a touch of colour.

You probably have lots of basic neutrals already in your wardrobe. In the photo above I am wearing black however you could just as well use brown, beige, grey or navy as your background colour. I’m sure you already have some of these colours in your wardrobe. Sometimes your hardworking neutrals can get worn out. As the sales are on in many stores, now might be a good opportunity to invest in fresh items that have longevity.

Black polo neck with black joggers  and blue patterned scarf

The sweater I’m wearing above is an oversized roll neck from Cos. It is made from pure traceable cashmere. My black joggers are from Hush. Me&Em also do some of the best joggers. My lace-up chunky boots are from Gabor at JL&P. They seem to be sold out but I have put similar styles at the bottom of this post.


Black polo neck,  Grey sleeveless puffer and pink scarf.

I could not resist adding a touch of my favourite colour pink in the form of a wool scarf. Mine is many years old. I have shown some similar ones below.

Black polo neck,  Grey sleeveless puffer and pink scarf.

I have added an extra layer of warmth with a padded gilet, again many years old. Uniqlo has some excellent padded gilets.

More examples of how I style monochrome the touch of colour here.

These stunning photographs were taken by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram


  1. melmi
    11th December 2020 / 15:27

    Love the pink on you, Josephine, and also when you wear blue. I wear a similar pink scarf with my black coat and receive many compliments. I have white hair and find black too harsh for me so attempt to add bright colors when I do wear it. Always enjoy your blogs; thank you for work you do for those of us who are a “bit older.”

    • 11th December 2020 / 18:54

      Thank you so much Margie for your comment. Now that my hair has gone grey I find that I can wear black again with some additional colour.

  2. Susan Harper
    11th December 2020 / 15:42

    Great outfits for outdoor activities while still looking chic. Those style boots are all the rage in the States right now.

  3. francesca b.
    11th December 2020 / 16:22

    Love your blog Cindy yoou look so chic! Happy Holidays!

    11th December 2020 / 17:27

    You always look so beautiful and put together. I love your black boots in the first photograph with the blue scarf. I bought some similar last year but mine are black suade.

  5. Rebecca
    12th December 2020 / 20:34

    I love your new hairstyle! You always look so chic and elegant

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