An easy—and often stylish—way to wear outfits is to stick to monochromatic pieces. You know you’ve done it on lazy days. You pull out a pair of black pants, a black turtleneck, throw on your black leather bomber jacket and black boots and head out the door. While it certainly takes less energy and thought to dress in a monochromatic style, there are fashion pitfalls that require a bit of knowledge.
Let’s take a look at what is monochromatic, what makes up a monochromatic outfit and how to style existing pieces of your wardrobe into stylish monochromatic outfits.
The word “monochromatic” breaks down into two pieces: “mono” meaning single and “chromatic” meaning color. So a monochromatic outfit would consist of pieces of one color. This doesn’t mean that you would only wear solid black or solid red from head to toe. No, the joy of a monochromatic outfit is wearing different shades and tints of the same color.
The joy of going with a monochromatic color combination is that it will work with virtually any color you choose: purple, red, blue, green, brown, pink…you name it. So there is no reason for you not to delve into this style, because there are bound to be certain colors that look marvelous with your skin tone, eyes and hair, which will only be enhanced where pairing multiples of the same color together in one outfit.
Texture is an important element when putting together monochromatic looks like these. If your monochromatic outfit were comprised of the same fabric throughout, it would likely come off looking dull. Make sure you mix textures within your monochromatic outfit! You want to add visual interest, depth, and dimension to your look so it’s not one-dimensional or boring.
Monochromatic outfits are also great for petites. Dressing monochromatically can make you appear taller and slimmer because the outfit is creating one seamless line from head to toe. Try it and see!
Faux fur coat - Forever21
Blouse - H&M
Pants - Calvin Klein
Bag - Stella McCartney
Shoes - Steve Madden
Sunglasses - Isaac Mizrahi
Photography by My hubby