I know you may have seen the monochromatic trend in your favorite fashion magazine, on your favorite celebrity, or maybe on local fashionistas and wandered what look is that or how can I achieve that look with my wardrobe? I know the name monochromatic name may be complicated, but monochromatic dressing does not have to be. Monochromatic involves only wearing one single color, or varying shades of one color, from head-to-toe. For example, if red is your color, then you would wear a red top, red bottoms, and red accessories or red accented jewelry. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well not quite that simple. Although it is no longer a fashion faux pas to wear the same color or different shades in one single outfit, it can be extremely difficult to pull off or it can be easy if you follow the few basic steps to achieve the look below.
Whether you’re new to the one hue style, here’s how you can master the monochromatic fashion trend, replicating it with pieces you already have in your wardrobe.
1. PICK THE RIGHT COLOR
The first step you will need to pull different pieces such as tops and blouses, jeans, pants, skirts, and shoes from your closet in the one color you will like to wear the most. When you pick the color, make sure you choose a color that looks great on you to make a full outfit. It may be easier to start with an all black or white ensemble, but all-over neutrals like black, brown, or gray can be a bit dull (but your preference) even if you feel like it is flattering. However, white is stylish and sleek, while pastel and jewel tones are very trendy and will definitely make a bold statement.
2. CHOOSE VARIOUS SHADES IN COLOR
The most common misconception about monohromatic dressing is that you have to wear the same color in the same shade from head-to-toe. Of course that is one approach, but it may be hard finding multiple piecdes in identical shades. To switch it up, wear the same color in different shades to add more depth and dimension to your monochromatic look. You should pair lighter shades of a particular color on top with the darker shades on the bottom or vice versa, then you will work your way up to brighter colors.
3. HAVE FUN MIXING AND MATCHING
Next you will kick the monochromatic style up a little by mixing different textures, prints, and patterns. This is a way to break up the single shade combination. Remember when it comes to mixing shades within the same color family, those possibilities are endless. Using the previous example red, you can match a vibrant bright red with a darker, more somber or crimson red. You not only can play with different shapes and silhouettes, wearing a boxy blouse with skinny pants or jeans, is an example, but you can also blend textures and fabrics in one color such as lace with linen, head-to-toe denim in different shades and textures, knit with cotton, and jersey with metallic. Finally you an experiment with the size of patterns, opting for the tiny pattern on the top and larger print on the bottom or vice versa.
4. PRINCIPLES TO REMEMBER
Remember your look should be tailored but still shapely. For instance, if you wear a bigger top, make sure you pair it with a more fitted bottom. Style your outfit with complementary accessories in different colors for extra contrast. You also choose shades lighter or darker than your skin tone, especially when wearing neutrals. Always keep in mind the monochromatic style usually looks best with separates, because it creates one uninterrupted visual line from head-to-toe.
CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE MASTERED MONOCHROMATIC DRESSING 101!!!
WEARING ONE COLOR
Listed below are some added benefits to rocking one hue from top to bottom:
No matter how trendy monochromatic dressing is, its really timeless in that you choose colors and or shades that looks good on you (not just what is in style). Remember wearing one color is practical, especially when transitioning from season to season. Most importantly, anyone and I mean anyone of any size can pull this off, as long as you start with a hue that compliments you. Also something to remember, it is not as much about design as it is finding the perfect shade, planning outfits and shopping is that much easier when you do not have as many details to think about.
When wearing monochromatic outfits, remember it is not only a simple and clean approach to dressing, but the biggest award is that is also elongates your shape. It will make you appear much slimmer and taller than you actually are which makes it the biggest style bonus of them all.