Mono-Dramatic: Styling just one hue head to toe

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styling a Monochromatic look

As a color and prints enthusiast, I’m always flaunting bright colors, a fun pattern, or a combination of the two. Usually, people either love it, or give me a response like, “That looks so great on you, but I could never pull it off.” Which I get — when you wear an eye-catching look, in some ways you are asking for attention and if you’d rather blend in a little or just aren’t feeling confident that day, then a loud outfit might not be your jam. But that doesn’t mean you cant still wear fun colors in a chic and more streamlined way.

The other day someone asked me, “Do you ever just wear one color?” A valid question in response to my personal style — And yes, I’m a huge fan of wearing just one color when it comes to monochromatic looks — a.k.a. the way to wear color in a less loud, more sleek look. The truth is you can still create a dynamic and dramatic look using just one color or hue.

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if you have a Monochromatic look to share, check out the Style Challenge at the bottom of this post to get a shoutout in my stories!
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mon·o·chro·mat·ic

/ˌmänōkrəˈmadik/ 

 Having or consisting of one color or hue❞  

The perks of a monochromatic look are that it’s visually drawing — not in the same way that bright colors and patterns are eye-catching (although that can be the case depending on what color you select), but an outfit with just one color or hue is drawing in that there is cohesiveness and a lot of one hue in one place.

Monocromatic looks can also make you look taller, if that’s something you’re going for, as they aren’t broken up as much as a different colored top and bottoms. Because the look consists of just one hue, there is a lot more attention being drawn to your face, instead of all around your outfit to all the different colors, pieces, and textures you’re sporting.

The secret: It’s about balance  — you don’t want to look like a one-colored blob, so you can’t just slap on red pants and a red top and call it monochrome. A killer mono-dramatic look balances textures, fabrics, and lighter and darker versions of the same hue to create a balanced but enticing look.

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monochromatic outfit | monochromatic outfit ideas | style an outfit just one color | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch
monochromatic outfit | monochromatic outfit ideas | style an outfit just one color | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch

   

my tips for styling just one hue head-to-toe

 

Tip 01  It doesn’t have to be black or neutral 

Black and neutral tones can make for a great monochromatic look, but they need to be styled carefully. Too much black can start to look like a funeral or get real goth real quick if you don’t carefully pick cuts and patterns. And too much of a neutral tone can leave you looking washed out. I recommend finding a color in a lighter shade like blush, lavender or cream for your monochromatic look if you want to go more subtle vs going with choices like tan or white.

But of course, my real preference lies with picking fun colors to build a look around – think shades of blue, shades of pink, metallics, etc. The fun options for building a one-hued look that is dramatic and sleek are limitless.

Tip 02  Go for one hue, not just one color

Now, you can wear different pieces in one solid color and pull it off, I’ve seen it done. This is another one of those things that must be done intentionally. If you choose the wrong color or pieces,  you risk looking like a colored blob or a floating head on a single-colored column. I recommend choosing a color, then mixing hues from that same color – think one light, one, medium, and one dark. For example, in my outfit, I have a dark-hued blazer, medium-hued denim, and a light-hued tee.

Tip 03  Don’t shy away from patterns

Monochromatic patterns are a perfect addition for adding interest to a monochromatic look, think a light pink top with dark pink polka dots,  two-hued grey striped pants, etc. Just because you are styling one color doesn’t mean each piece you select has to be a solid color.

Tip 04  Prioritize texture + vary to add interest

Mix fabric weights and density. This is the #1 tip for avoiding the “blob” issue. You could wear all bright red pieces with very distinct textures (silky, velvet, knit, etc) and have a killer monochromatic look. Different textures reflect light a bit differently, so wearing the exact same shade in varied textures means each piece will come out looking different to the eye. There’s some fun color theory from an artist-turned-color-enthusiast.

Tip 05  Don’t forget to accessorize

Monchromatic doesn’t mean plain. Add some fun color heels in the right hue, some bracelets, earrings, a necklace or bag. Accessories are just another way to add texture to your one-hued look.

monochromatic outfit | monochromatic outfit ideas | style an outfit just one color | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch
monochromatic outfit | monochromatic outfit ideas | style an outfit just one color | never skip brunch by cara newhart #style #neverskipbrunch
 photography by  jenna sparks

TIME FOR A color CHALLENGE

Build a monochromatic look and show it off on your social with #MonoDramaticChallenge — I’ll repost your look to my IG stories and give you a little shout out. ?

 

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NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Never Skip Brunch is a life and style dossier. Inspired by a casual chic style with pops of color, it’s a space for women looking to become fearless with their style and create a beautifully lived-in life. Pop some champagne, and join us. ?

Cara Newhart is the creator of Never Skip Brunch. Southern-raised and living in Denver, Cara is tequila-loving, color & prints obsessed, and passionate about helping others build a lived-in life they love. As an influencer, she has worked with brands like H&M, Kendra Scott, Alba Botanica, Express, L’Occitane, Charming Charlie, Thrillist & Hairstory.

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