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.
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!
❝ 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.
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.
photography by jenna sparks
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