Monochrome look for Spring

Monochrome look for Spring

Monochrome never goes out of style and in my opinion always looks chic.

Black is not the most obvious colour for Spring. I continue to love this years array of bright hues, especially the cool pinks and blues. I might even try a soft yellow. Perhaps these new “brights” are not to your taste.

What to do when you have a wardrobe full of your favourite dark neutrals.  You could always go monochrome.

Black is eternal and in my opinion never truly disappears from our wardrobes. If black does not suit you try substituting navy, brown or grey for a “monochrome look”.


Black leather coat Mango // Cream lace black blouse Finery (UK) Black ponte trousers with leather side panels bought in France (similar).

Monochrome look for Spring

I know I know my hair is a bit short. I let my newfound hairdresser in St. Tropez get a bit too creative. I think I prefer it with a little more length. The good thing about hair is that it grows, mine particularly fast. It is now a few centimetres longer and more to my liking. I might go back to this shorter style for the summer months.

The cream shirt I am wearing under my black leather coat is from FineryUK. I love the lacey swing back. My string of pearls and two pearl earrings are both from one of my favourite jewellery brands Claudia Bradby.

Cream lace top


If you are a lover of colour I have recently featured a wide selection of bright seasonal tones. Check out my shop to see more.

All photos taken at Chiswick HouseNot far from the centre of London. Beautiful grounds and gardens. Well worth a visit. Photographer Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram.




  1. Lizer Pearl
    7th April 2017 / 13:08

    I absolutely love your new haircut!

    • Judy
      7th April 2017 / 16:45

      Love love your new hairstyle, very current and flattering on you

  2. Wendy in York
    7th April 2017 / 14:59

    I think I like your messy bob best but , with your thick hair you can wear most styles well . My hairdresser laughed when I asked if a messy bob would suit me . She said it would be a full time job for me with my fine hair & would just flop . Ah well , at least she’s honest .

  3. Eleni
    7th April 2017 / 15:28

    Love the lighter bangs, lovely haircut. The white blouse is beautiful, so different. This Spring I might even get out of my T-shirts !

  4. 7th April 2017 / 15:37

    I love your new short cut. I think it looks great!

  5. WendyB
    7th April 2017 / 15:44

    You look lovely! I love the hair – it really suits you, makes you look even younger.

  6. s mattes
    7th April 2017 / 15:44

    Love the hair-very contemporary & flattering!

  7. 7th April 2017 / 15:46

    Thank you for all your feedback on my new haircut. Not sure my husband agrees. What is it with men they always seem to like longer hair!

    • 8th April 2017 / 09:07

      You are an independent woman with a great fashion and style blog …. I think your new haircut is great and very contemporary . I think it could go even shorter …hiusbands are funny and sometimes just don’t get it …!

  8. Suzy
    7th April 2017 / 16:09

    I love your hair too, it really suits you. It’s very flattering indeed.

  9. Nancy Wade
    7th April 2017 / 16:13

    Love the hair, think it really suits you. Very chic.

  10. Anne
    7th April 2017 / 16:20

    Actually I love your new haircut too!

  11. Linda Armitage
    7th April 2017 / 16:24

    The haircut absolutely knocks even more years of you, gorgeous! Tres, tres chic.

  12. Judy
    7th April 2017 / 16:47

    Love love your new hairstyle, very flattering and youthful.

  13. Viv Butler
    7th April 2017 / 16:51

    Fabulous clothes as usual Josephine, but the new hairstyle, wow ! Very youthful !

  14. 7th April 2017 / 17:01

    I will weigh in also…. love love the haircut!!!! Looks so perfect with your thick hair!!!

  15. Marianne
    7th April 2017 / 17:10

    I love your hair, if I may I think it has taken years off you – I hope you grow to love it like that.

  16. LesleyP
    7th April 2017 / 17:16

    It’s the first time I have seen your new haircut which suits you, and as you say great for the summer. Lesley P

  17. Adele
    7th April 2017 / 18:17

    Adore your short ‘do! Looks spunky and lively and really showcases your fabulous cheekbones!

    Oh, and the clothes are pretty sensational, too :~).

  18. Suzanne
    7th April 2017 / 18:29

    I think that you look great 😉

  19. Wendy
    7th April 2017 / 18:43

    As everyone has said already – great hair cut, really suits you. Don’t listen to your husband!!

  20. Bobbi
    7th April 2017 / 19:46

    Ditto—love your new do! Thanks for the suggestion for dark neutrals.

  21. Anne
    7th April 2017 / 19:57

    Love the haircut!

  22. Lynne
    7th April 2017 / 19:59

    Your hair cut looks fantastic… you look so pretty (a word I don’t often use when describing older women, but it just fits here)! As Wendy already said: “don’t listen to your husband” when it comes to an objective view of what suits you best.

  23. Judy
    7th April 2017 / 21:59

    Love your haircut! Make you look younger! Wow!

  24. Linda Boardman Kerr
    8th April 2017 / 00:58

    The hairdresser knew exactly what she was doing! Keep it short!

  25. Lynn Nicholls
    8th April 2017 / 12:46

    Love the hair too, is it easy to manage?

    • 10th April 2017 / 08:01

      Hi Lynn

      Yes it is incredibly easy to manage. I just straighten the fringe. Then let the rest air dry. When it is about 70% dry I smooth with an wide bristle brush.

  26. Duchesse
    8th April 2017 / 13:30

    Your hair looks terrific! And that leather coat! Black in spring is really a matter of weight- black linen, sheer cotton or featherweight silk.

    re man and long hair: According to sociobiologists, hair is a “secondary sexual characteristic” and full, long hair signals female fertility (key to survival and the passing on of their genes) so men are programmed to respond to it as a selection factor for mating. Often what is “liked” is what they do not even realize comes from the distant past.

  27. Linda mcgilvray
    8th April 2017 / 20:24

    I love your new hairdo!! Very sophisticated.

  28. SusanD
    9th April 2017 / 09:21 your new haircut. So flattering.

  29. 9th April 2017 / 14:16

    My new sorter hairstyle was not my main focus when I wrote this post however you never know what response you will get when you put a post out there. Thank you all so much for your flattering comments. My husband has definitely lost the vote on this one. I shall be booking an appointment for a trip when I go back to France at the end of this month. I will be showing my stylist all your lovely comments.(she does speak English). She will be thrilled.

  30. 9th April 2017 / 20:17

    OK, I will also put in my two cents. I think this hairstyle is absolutely terrific. I am usually more in favour of longer hair than short, but you look so darned good. It makes you young, modern, cute, naughty and still very feminine. Don’t change a thing (well to my taste haha).
    Also the outfit you are wearng: fantastic.

    • 10th April 2017 / 07:57

      Hi Greetje
      Thank you for your very flattering comment. I am definitely going to keep the shorter style at least for summer. It is so easy to manage.

  31. Elizabeth
    10th April 2017 / 14:36

    I love everything about your post! The outfit — especially the white blouse — is fabulous. Your new ‘do is stunning! It accentuates your eyes and your cheek bones and really lightens up your face. Sassy and modern, it really suits your personality.

  32. Jacqueline
    23rd April 2017 / 00:41

    Another thumbs up for your haircut!

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