Wearing a monochrome outfit requires confidence and poise.
Stepping out in an ensemble that consists largely of a single color is more likely to draw the eye — a bold statement for such a simple trend. You’ll be the center of attention, so own your fashion choice.
The first step is learning how to wear a monochrome outfit as stylishly as possible. Once you have a handle on patterns, textures and pops of color, you’re golden.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Monochrome is rarely monotonous when done correctly, but if you’re new to the idea of a head-to-toe match, then it can be a bit overwhelming, at first.
To increase your confidence with the trend, a pattern can help. And, guess what: Patterns count as a monochrome.
For example, you can wear a white sweater, white boots and white sunglasses, all paired with a polka dot skirt that features black spots on a white background. A pattern pulls away attention from your one-note color palette, while bringing depth and interest to your ensemble. Even a patterned handbag or scarf gets the job done.
Contrary to popular belief, monochrome doesn’t have to be entirely matchy matchy.
As long as colors on your garments are harmonious — i.e. you can wear a variety of shades in the same spectrum — they create the desired effect of a monochromatic outfit.
Do keep in mind that colors don’t necessarily match just because they’re part of the same base color. Butter yellow may not be the best complement to mustard, and burgundy can clash with true red. Subtle variations are the best bet.
Isn’t it a relief to know that you don’t have to be perfectly on-point with your ensemble?!
Much in the same way that patterns exert influence, monochrome outfits that match a little too much for some people’s taste can be easily remedied by introducing different textures to your look.
This fall, consider wearing a velvet top with a faux leather jacket. Corduroy and cotton are simple but foolproof, and suede and silk create an irresistible pairing as well.
When it comes to being fashion forward, you have to find individual items that look sensational together, even when you don’t have your focused trained on monochromatics.
Quite often, the easiest way to do this is to find a suit that packs a punch.
Pair a black blazer and trousers with a black button-down top and a slim tie, and you’ll be the reigning queen of androgyny and sharp style.
Red is bold and not hard to find, either. This fall, yellow is on trend, especially rich shades of mustard. And, you can never go wrong with sapphire blue.
Jeans come in every conceivable color. Know what that means? You can frame a monochrome ensemble around your favorite pair.
It pays to have a variety of denim in your closet. You never know when you might want to venture away from traditional blue hues and splash out in orange, purple or white jeans. Pro tip: this idea works with denim shorts and skirts, as well.
Total Head to Toe
People usually stop short of including accessories and shoes in their monochrome makeover, but this fall, adding a navy blue beanie is the perfect way to top off a true-blue ensemble.
Red booties can make the rest of your fiery outfit stand out that much more. You can take it further and wear pieces of jewelry with gemstones or other designs that complement your outfit. It’s also a smart touch to carry a handbag in a hue that goes with your attire.
Neutral colors work just as well as bold ones when it comes to putting together and pulling off a monochrome outfit. White, black, blush, camel, beige, navy.
Because you have a classic color as a base, you can cheat a bit with little pops of color via your accessories. Pick out an eye-catching handbag, a floral scarf, or a bright, bold pair of shoes. The colors should still complement one another, but a little contrast helps elevate it and add a bit of fun.