Hey, how are we doing today? before we dive into slaying with a monochromatic look lets understand the meaning of the word. Do you think dressing in just one colour looks kinda boring? Think again! if executed well, dressing monochromatically can be a show stopper
A common misconception is that monochrome dressing means wearing black and white (and sometimes grey). But it actually just means wearing separates of one colour. Any colour. check the dictionary 😀
WHAT IS MONOCHROMATIC?
The word “monochromatic” is gotten from two solo words: “mono” meaning single and “chromatic” meaning colour. Therefore, a monochromatic outfit would consist of pieces of one colour. This doesn’t mean that you should only wear a solid black or solid red from head to toe.
The excitement of a monochromatic outfit is wearing different shades and tints of the same colour.
For instance, you might start with a pair of coffee brown pants, top it off with a light brown top, and add a pair of dark brown sling bag to complete the outfit. The awesome thing with a monochromatic look is that it will work with almost any colour: purple, red, blue, green, grey, pink…etc. So, why not to indulge in this style.
Here are a few style tips;
MONOCHROMATIC OUTFIT STYLE TIPS
- First select your COLOUR, making sure it’s one that LOOKS great against your SKIN tone, and that you feel COMFORTABLE in.
The worst thing you can do is wear a colour that doesn’t make your skin glow or lowers your mood in any way.
To try the monochromatic style, go into your closet and pull out all of the items you have in same colour tone. Make sure to get all the trousers, skirts, dresses, cardigans, etc.
Once you have the items laid out, start experimenting by combining your pieces into outfits. See what looks good together, what doesn’t work, and come up with several outfits that will be your go-to items.
We ladies are well-versed in choosing colours, especially when it comes to clothing. A monochromatic outfit can simply make you look beautiful if you select the colour that compliments you the most.
Remember balance when combining pieces. This is a rule for every outfit, not just monochromatic ones. You don’t want the one colour to overwhelm you or overwhelm the whole outfit.
Quite the contrary, you’d want to look tall and lean. To achieve this, play with proportions. For example, if you’re wearing a big top, make sure to pair it with fitted bottoms and with a full A-line skirt or bottom wear a form-fitting top. Like the one paired in this photo.
- CHOOSE NEUTRAL SHADES ACCESORRIES
Now we have accessories to bring significance to this overall monotone look. To justify the simplicity of this look, you can grab a simple gold or silver necklace and pin-up earrings or any neutral colour. For me, gold and silver are my go-to jewellery for any clothing.
- KEEP MAKE-UP LIGHT
Make-up plays an essential role in carrying a particular look. Your makeup shall either make you stand out or it ruins it all. Monotone outfits are prone to get attention as compared to other patterns. So, while wearing a monotone dress/outfit, your makeup should be light to moderate.
- Avoid any over textured or exaggerated patterns (KEEP THEM SIMPLE)
You do not need to make so much efforts to look nice while wearing monotones. Thus, you can avoid monotone outfits with heavy textures or exaggerated patterns such as peplum or any other style.
Just keep the outfit simple but Monochromatic outfits don’t just have to be made up of solid pieces; you can incorporate simple patterns or prints. To add visual interest and to break up the solid blocks of colour, add a print piece made up of the same colour you’re working with. Moreover, You can also try adding a patterned shawl or scarf for fun or laces, leather, fur, feathers, embroidery, patterns, embellishments, sheer panels etc.
Below are a few of my monochromatic outfit with a touch of pattern or print;