• Joan Kosmachuk

How to Wear A Monochromatic Outfit: Style Tips for Dressing in a Single Color.

A monochromatic outfit is an outfit that is made up of one color (Mono= one and chromatic = color). That doesn't necessarily mean that the outfit has to be one solid color, it can be made up of different shades and tints of a single hue as well.

If you are wearing a one-piece outfit (say a dress or a jumpsuit) it's pretty easy to pull off a monochromatic look. In fact for many women, this is often their default manner of dressing. A simple one and done!

A red dress, shoes and purse create a monochromatic outfit for Reese's red carpet appearance

The key is to choose a color that matches your personal color harmony (it's never a good idea to wear a monochromatic outfit in an unflattering color).

However, when a monochromatic color scheme is applied to a multi-piece outfit, more care must be taken to keep the outfit from appearing too boring.

Here are 6 tips for creating interesting monochromatic outfits.

1. Use varying shades or tints of the same color.

Subtle shades of peach add interest to Jessica Alba's monochromatic outfit

2. Use A Combination of hard and soft fabric finishes.

This model's medium contrast monochromatic outfit provides interest through a combination of shades of purple in hard & soft surface fabrics.

3. Use Prints & Patterns.

Horizontal, vertical, and diagonal stripes as well as checks and dots create a very interesting low contrast monochromatic outfit

4. Use fabrics with different textures.

Each piece of this medium contrast monochromatic outfit is made up of one or more different textures

5. Use Metallics.

The varied types and tones of these silver metallic pieces creates so much interest in this low contrast monochromatic outfit

6. Choose the Right Contrast Level.

Monochromatic Outfits come in all contrast levels so you can match the contrast level of your outfit to your own for the most harmonious look.

And of course your Seasonal Colors & Style will determine the best Monochromatic Harmonies for you. How do you use monochromatic harmonies in your wardrobe?

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