WHY I LOVE MONOCHROME OUTFITS
Whenever I get in an outfit rut, I turn to monochrome, and I’m not talking about an all black outfit (although, that’s probably the most common monochrome outfit out there). In my opinion, a monochrome outfit is one of the most understated but polished looks you can wear, works in any season, and is simple AND affordable to achieve, particularly if you have a defined color palette going in your wardrobe. Interested? Let’s dive in.
Shown: bottoms with options for warm and cold weather. Read on for more monochrome outfit tips and links to all of these pieces!
THE COLOR STORIES
Light colors, like Winter whites and pastels, are a fun direction for monochrome dressing. I have seen stunning white monochrome outfits for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions, so think outside the box for when you play your monochrome outfit card!
Pictured: LIGHT PINK: H&M Pleated Top, Zara Oversized Poplin Shirt, H&M Slacks; CREAM: Zara Pointelle Crop Top, CHICWISH Fitted Turtleneck Fluffy Knit Sweater & No One Like You Mini Bud Skirt; WHITE: Francesca’s Madge Pom Sweater Tank, Maeve Stephie Cross-Back Top, Express High Waisted Belted Wide Leg Pant
A dark monochrome outfit is best worn in the cooler months, unless an occasion calls for dark colors, in which case embrace the boldness! Keep this outfit interesting by choosing jewel tones like emerald and sapphire, or what I like to call Grand Canyon colors: burgundy and burnt sienna.
Pictured: BURGUNDY: CHICWISH Count on You Off-Shoulder Ribbed Knit Top, Sheer Bubble Sleeves Ribbed Knit Top & Timeless Favorite Chiffon Maxi Skirt; BURNT SIENNA: Banana Republic Soft Satin Tank, ALIX NYC Dakota Bodysuit, Michelle Mason X REVOLVE Paperbag Cropped Trouser; BROWN: LPA Rowan Top, CHICWISH Asymmetric Slant Button Down Knit Top & Belted Fake Pockets Mini Skirt
Otherwise known as a ‘power outfit’, bright monochrome outfits make a statement similar to how a brightly colored suit does, but with a more personal touch. Rather than a jacket paired with a skirt or pants, you can style a blouse with trousers, a sweater with a skirt, there are really unlimited combinations. Go with one of your favorite colors – I would choose mustard or turquoise.
Pictured: TANGERINE: H&M V-neck Linen Blouse & Tie-front V-neck Blouse, Zara Mid-Rise Pants; MUSTARD: Morning Lavender Jordan Mustard Cowl Neck Cami, CHICWISH Leisure Moment Lace-Up Sleeves Ribbed Knit Sweater & Timeless Favorite Chiffon Maxi Skirt; TURQUOISE: Cult Gaia Nadine Top, LPA Salma Top, Lovers + Friends Sera Pants
My go-to monochrome outfit is in shades of light grey: specifically, a mock turtleneck tank top sweater, high waisted midi skirt and grey block heel sandals. I would consider most colors in muted tones to be ‘neutral’ – check out those sage green pieces!
Pictured: SAGE GREEN: H&M Knit Tank Top, Tularosa Eloise Top, CAMI NYC The Elsie Jogger; LIGHT GREY: Autumn Cashmere Rib Mock Halter, Morning Lavender Rory Ribbed V-Neck Crop Sweater, Express High Waisted Seamed Ankle Pant; TAN: H&M Open-backed Top, CHICWISH In My World V-Neck Knit Sweater & Asymmetric Hem Pleated Midi Skirt
When it comes to styling a monochrome outfit, I personally don’t think you need to match the shade of your handbag, shoes, jewelry, etc. to your outfit. In fact, it can make even the simplest accessories more of a statement if they’re in a different color.
The same goes for your separates: your top doesn’t need to match your bottoms exactly. But the they DO need to be the same temperature. As quick examples, you wouldn’t want to pair a warm grey with a cool grey or a blue-based (cool) red with an orange-based (warm) red. Once you get colors of different temperatures next to each other, you’ll see what I mean.
Have you tried dressing in monochrome? What color is your go to? Or if you haven’t tried out a monochrome outfit, what color will you try?