Penguin Fashion! Monochrome magic!

Edinburgh Zoo celebrated 100 years of their fantastic penguins, so we thought we’d join in the fun with some penguin fashion! The pandas may be the zoo’s most famous residents these days, but we have always had a soft spot for the fantastic penguins!

Penguin fashion – or marvellous monochrome – makes a massive return this spring/summer with black and white all over the place! You can be in penguin fashion in whatever way you like – from stripes, to spots, to on-trend geometric patterns.

If it’s stripes that you fancy, then be careful – horoizontal stripes can give the illusion of width, so not ideal on a skirt if you have larger hips, but perfect if you want to add a bit of width in that area. Oh, and look, one of the penguin’s pals, the zebra, has got in on the act! Make a bold statement with a striped skirt and top – add bright coloured accessories for a fun look.

black and white fashion stripesClockwise, from left: zebra print dress, £38, BHS, stripe pencil skirt, £38, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, striped skater dress, £19.50, BHS, striped sleeveless top, £35, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, striped top, £24.99, H&M

Black and white patterned trousers are for the bold. But a black and white dress is a great way to wear this trend.

Black and white penguin fashionl-r: black and white trousers, £65, black and white striped dress, £60, both French Connection

Geometric prints and checks are big news for this spring/summer. But a simple check or stripe shirt is a subtle nod to this trend. Or keep it simple, in a white dress with just a hint of black.

black and white fashion checksClockwise, from top left: Geometric top, £20, BHS, black and white dress, £79, Jonathan Saunders @ Debenhams, black and white oversize shirt, £12.99, check coat, £34.99, both H&M, black and white check shirt, £19, New Look

Spots are big news this spring, as well as patterns – think florals, jacquards, and digital prints.

Black and white fashion penguin style patternClockwise, from top left: Blurred jacquard print jacket, £35, BHS, polka dot shift dress, £22, palm pattern pencil skirt, £14, both New Look, leaf pattern jacket, £85, Jonathan Saunders Edition @ Debenhams, print sweater, £28, Red Herring @ Debenhams

If this penguin fashion look is too much, then how about just a nod to our feathered friends, with some black and white accessories. A clutch bag, a pair of boots or shoes, or a necklace is a great way to channel your inner penguin!!

penguin fashion black and white accessClockwise, from top left: Gladiator sandals, £24, New Look, Ultimate Beach beach bag, £19.50, Debenhams, black and white bag, £19.99, H&M, white boots, £24, New Look, black and white collar necklace, £15, BHS

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions