Hi there. Is it just me, or did we just usher in the new year 2.5 seconds ago?! January is already halfway gone! Woah! Sorry, that realization just hit me. Lol. On to this week’s post which is all about creating a monochromatic look. I have put out a few posts that have information about different things related to style, like this one, but I think this is my first time writing a “how to” post. So, let’s delve into a few tips and tricks about the monochrome style.
Like most people, my style when it comes to what I wear, has many different aspects to it. One of those aspects is simplicity. There is just something very charming about keeping things simple. When it comes to an outfit choice, simplicity makes it concise and memorable, in my opinion. Keeping a look monochromatic gives it a clean and simple vibe that is thought out without being too obvious. Another advantage of monochrome is that, it can be worn for any occasion, from work to a night out. It just depends on the pieces that you put together. Some of the people that I admire when it comes to style, like Victoria Beckham and the Kardashian/Jenner ladies, pull the monochrome style off very well.
A monochromatic look simply put, means combining separate pieces that are in the same color family to make an outfit. Like most things in life, there are a few rules. These can help you come up with your own look.
- You do not have to stick to black and white. A monochrome outfit can be in any color as long as the color family is the same. This means that you have the freedom to vary the hues of the chosen color. If you are a beginner in this style though, a good idea is to start with neutral colors. You know, the blacks, greys, blues and browns. These are easy to partner up with similar colors and have little risk of going incredibly wrong.
- Another thing to think about when it comes to color, even if you are seasoned in this style, pick a color that complements your skin tone. A color that pops on your skin. If you go for a color that is too similar to your skin tone, you run the risk of looking washed out. That is not a good thing.
- Texture is your friend when it comes to a monochrome look. If you keep your texture the same throughout, your look might flop. You can vary the material of the separate pieces just like you can vary the color hue. Different textures give your look depth and make it easy to see that the separate pieces have been harmoniously combined to make a cohesive outfit.
- Wearing pieces that have some character in them, like the shape or the style of the piece, for example a peplum top, is another way to add depth and character to your ensemble.
- When it comes to these, it is possible to wear or carry accessories that fall in the chosen color family. If not however, they can be used to bring in some spice to a monochrome outfit. I suppose the color rule can be bent if it means making the outfit interesting or putting a personal spin on it. A pop of color can be introduced in the accessories. It should however, be limited to only one accessory. For example, bright blue earrings can be worn with an all-black ensemble, thus giving the look some pizzazz.
- Prints can certainly be incorporated into the monochromatic trend. Just like the color rule, the colors of the print in the different pieces need to be similar. When it comes to prints however, you should be careful not to overdo them in your ensemble. Too many prints in one outfit can be maximalist which is opposite of the clean, minimalist and simple vibe that comes with monochrome.
- Another way to wear prints in this concept is to combine the printed piece with other items that are in block colors. The block color should be one of the colors in the printed piece. For example, if you wear a black and white print skirt, you can combine it with a black blouse, a white jacket, black shoes and a black bag.
- Prints can also be introduced through the accessories, like a graphic print bag.
- As much as the separate pieces are an important aspect of this style, dresses can also be styled in a monochromatic way. The outer wear and accessories that are put together with the dress can help give it a monochrome feel. An olive green and black print dress can be worn with a pine green pea coat, black shoes and a black bag.
On to this week’s look. Every time I think of wearing this sweater, the first thought that comes to my mind is a monochrome look. It just inspires me to go in that direction. With all the drama with the camera, I have learnt the benefit of stock photos. I took these photos in the first few days of the year. The weather at that time had surprised us and gone from bright and sunny to grey. This ensemble came about from inspiration by those two aspects. My white knit sweater and grey skies. For this look I kept it in the color family of white with the sweater, grey with my jeans (I love the zipper detail on them) and scarf and black with my shoes and textured bag. A pair of black studs, a black beaded ring and a nude lip finished off the look.
I hope this post inspires you to put your own monochrome look together and I hope you enjoy your final product. If it does inspire you, post a picture on social media and tag me (my social media handles are at the top right of this page). I would love to see!
Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you so much for reading.