This week we're looking at monochromatic outfits Mono (one) chrome (color) dressing is an easy, yet interesting, way to use more color in your wardrobe. When we think of monochromatic outfits, we think of all black, or all tan--head to toe in the same exact color. But monochromatic outfits can use all of the shades, tints and tones of one single hue (remember our color wheel?). So instead of all black, an outfit could have black, medium, and light gray, and still be monochromatic.
Speaking of black, this is where the myth "Black is slimming" comes from. Black is only slimming when it's worn head to toe in a single column of color. No white, no gray, no print. Nothing but black. Did you know any other medium/dark color worn head to toe will have the exact same effect? There's nothing magical about black--the secret comes from the lack of interruption in color, allowing the outfit wearer to appear taller and thinner.
Ironically, I've chosen to use black to demonstrate our first monochromatic outfit--but there's a reason. Black can be beautiful, chic and dramatic--if we don't overuse it. Save the all black outfit for date night or a special event, and it will give you the results you want. Wear black every single day just because it's easy. and the magic will disappear. One easy way to add interest to a monochromatic look is to add texture. The lace of the skirt, the glittery bag and bold ring make sure the all-black look doesn't look boring or half-finished.
Another way to use one color in an interesting way is to work with prints that use shades and tints of the same hue. This is a little easier to pull off because you can mix and match shades that are in the print, and you don't have to worry that the grays (or any other hue) match perfectly. This version of a monochromatic outfit is easy, but interesting and polished at the same time.
Finally, monochromatic dressing doesn't have to be dressy at all. Whether its pairing navy shorts with a baby blue tee, or red shorts with an interesting red tank, using one hue in an outfit can pull a casual look together and keep it from getting too casual!
This week's wardrobe challenge is to look through your closet and put a couple of monochromatic outfits together. You can use all the same color, or experiment with shades, tints and ones of one hue.