the monochromatic solution

The monochromatic look–wearing one color from head to toe–has been in for a couple of seasons and we’ll be seeing more of it come spring. As I’ve experimented with this look for both myself and my clients, I’ve come to love it for its ease. Wearing one color head to toe is a no brainer and it has the added benefit of making you look taller and slimmer. Here are some tips and ideas for pulling it off.

– Pair different textures together. It’s hard to get two different pieces to be the exact same color (unless they are made in the exact same fabric) but if you pair two different textures, say, a chunky knit and a denim, you’ll find the textures create enough contrast that a perfect match doesn’t matter as much.

– Use the monochromatic base as a foundation for interesting layers and accessories. This is a great way to wear that printed jacket or statement necklace that often feels like too much.

– All black. The obvious place to start is with an all black monochromatic look. You could try black leggings, a structured black tunic and black boots. Then, add interest with a printed sweater or jacket and a long pendant necklace.

– All white. Head to toe white is perfect for spring. Try a pair of white jeans with a breezy white blouse. Add a colorful scarf, vest and neutral booties for a cooler spring day.


– All neutral. Think outside of the black and white box with your neutrals. You could try gray, ivory, camel or navy. I recently put together a monochromatic outfit for a client in olive green; we paired a casual olive green tee with olive green jeans, knee high brown boots and a gold necklace. She loved it and had never thought of pairing the two pieces together.

– Pastels and brights. For a bolder look try a non-neutral color. I can see a pale pink, royal blue or burgundy look coming together. A pale pink pair of jeans with a tee in the same color layered with a blush colored trench accessorized with rose gold jewelry and nude shoes and handbag. Or a royal blue skinny pant with a chunky knit royal blue sweater. A burgundy pencil skirt with a textured turtleneck in the same hue. The possibilities are endless.

Does the idea intrigue you but you’re not sure where to start? I’d love to help you create some easy go-to monochromatic looks for spring. Call me to book your style session today.

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  1. […] loved Cathy’s post about “The Monochromatic Solution” and thought we would try our own version using soft pastels. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up […]

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