Hi, I hope all is well!
I have seen a lot of monochrome styling lately, am not sure if it’s in fact trending or am just seeing it often because am thinking of it, you know how that goes… Either way it doesn’t matter.
Monochrome is the technique of using one color from head to toe of the same hue or different shades of the same hue. Black and White is also commonly known as monochrome, which is a current trend as seen in the runways. Check out this post posts Start Gathering.
I want to try this look soon. I think it can easily go wrong, so I played around in my make-belief online clothing store and I discovered a few rules to live by when trying this look.
Grace, one of my dearest friends, inspired this post among many other inspirations. She nailed the monochrome look in pairing this lime-colored shorts and shirt. The benefit to having two pieces in a monochromatic style is the break it give in the waist line. Her choice of gold jewelry, black shoes, and red lips helps to relax the eyes from an overdose of one hue.
Here are the rules to dressing monochrome:
- It’s okay to use the same shade of the same color or different shades of the same color. It’s a matter of preference.
- When using different shades depending on your shape you may want to decide where the lighter shade will go compared to the darker shade in accordance with your proportions and the variance in shade ( Is it a huge difference or a slight shade difference?) Confusing? Okay so if your blessed in the chest area you may want to wear the darker shade on top and then the lighter on the bottom. So it gives your physique a balance. the darker will allow for your chest to look slimmer. Get it? It’s hard to explain, email me if you need the clarity. If you get it, great!!
- It doesn’t have to be two pieces, it can be one outfit You add the monochrome in choosing accessories that are the exact color or different shades of the same color. For two pieces that are the same color, the break has to be obvious; whether you tuck in your shirt or knot it or it’s a symmetric otherwise it can easily look like a one piece.
- You have to have one item to break everything so the eyes can relax. It can be a purse, jewelry, shoes, or even a pop of color in choice of lipstick.
- Bright colors look the best in monochrome or dark colors with exception of all white. Otherwise, If you choose a dull color, you have to accessorize well or you will look sad i.e. all grey?!?
- Consider your skin shade when choosing to wear all the same color head to toe. Will it be too much for you? Will it wash you out?
Below are samples I played with. I wasn’t able to create two pieces due to some technicality but I have sample pictures below.
This is a nice party look. I put two different styles of shoes, which you thinks works best? Gold is the easiest color to match with red, couldn’t go wrong there!
The African print has been around since it hit the market! It’s a mus-have by now ( lol coming from an African) well if you like it, get it, no pressure. Being that it has various colors as most African prints do, you simply pull colors from the pallet to pick you accessories with. As you see I pulled three different options for shoes color. Again gold works well with multicolored styles specifically bright ones.
I love this piece because it has it’s own break with that under-skirt that’s minty! You do not need a break-color or break item with this really and the belt is yet another break.
And here is for the professionally stylish. By now you can see which are the break items.
See how others have rocked the look below…
The most common Monocrome look ( black and white)
A colored monochrome look….
And of course the extremist that Gaga is, she really let’s us know she is monochromed-out!
Even men can do monocrhome, they are notorious for doing this with their suits. It’s always the easiest way to not go wrong when learning to wear suit for a guy or even for us ladies 😉
Will you try Monochrome?
Tell me how it goes. Can’t wait!!