Single color looks are everywhere right now and its currently one of my favorite trends. At first it sounds a little tacky or TOO MUCH, but trust me ladies this look is a keeper. Rocking a monochrome look can be done by anyone and is a great way to wear a really chic and clean look.
Here are 5 examples and some tips and tricks to helping you on your way to that unified look.
LOOK 1: Black
Nothing looks chicer than an all black look. It’s incredibly slimming and black is one color that never goes out of style. Yes, black can look a little heavy, or a little goth at times, but it’s easily doable and can be done by anyone. Try to play with textures and fabrics to keep the black from being dull or strange looking. Mixing leather with fur and jersey is one example, but you can also try mixing brocade with jersey and wool for another option. Play around with it and don’t worry if all of the hues of black aren’t exactly the same. The key to monochrome successful monochrome is to break up the color a little bit. Add some fun jewelry and hints of color or metallic and you’re set.
Dress: AllSaints Silk Biker Dress ($108); Vest: Co Fox Fur Vest ($1,625); Jacket: Topshop Clean Biker Jacket ($110); Boots: Jeffrey Campbell France Wrap Strap Boots ($198) ; Bag: GUESS by Marciano Madeline Patent Flap Bag ($148); Necklace: DANNIJO Middleton Necklaces ($445); Belt: Bitten Skinny Belt ($18)
I absolutely LOVE this color. It’s so feminine without being overly girly, and its super polished. Blending different hues of the color will keep it from looking too matchy and again, texture mixing is key and belts and jewelry are also always great ways to separate the pieces a little bit. This look can easily take you from day to night to weekend in a flash.
Top: Dorothy Perkins Blush Roll Sleeve Shirt ($49); Coat: Goat Redgrave Summer Coat ($796); Jeans: Roberto Cavalli Blush Slim Jeans ($530); Pumps: Report Tulipe Nude Pumps ($85); Bag: Topshop Winged Pushlock Tote ($90);Belt: Fendi reversible Monogram Belt ($325);Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe Shiny Sherbert Metallic Aviators ($5.99)
LOOK 3: Orange
If you want to get crazy with it, try monochrome with a bold color, such as this wild orange. It can be a lot, but if done the right way it can look edgy and fun. Try to keep the number of pieces you use to a minimum and you may want to add some pieces that have a little print or pattern to lighten up the load a little bit (like I did with the clutch). I also added a pendant that was in the general vicinity of the same color family with the pinkish elephant pendant. It’s a little bit harder to match the pieces for the single colored look with a bold hue, but again, try slight hue variations and search around to find you pieces. Play around with it and it will all come together.
Quick tip: if you go for this exact look or something similar, remember to tuck in the front of the sweater to let the tie of the pant give you some shape and to help make the overall look come off clean.
Top: Levi’s Made & Crafted Pink Cotton Crew Knit ($215); Coat: AKRIS Glowing Red-Orange Wool-Angora Campagne Coat ($3,485 $1,742);Pants: Fench Connection Slouchy Pant ($153); Shoes: Alice + Olivia Dina Patent Pumps ($295);Bag: Diane von Furstenberg Tonda Hexagon Patchwork Leather Box Clutch ($395); Ring: Trina Turk Coral Striped Resin Ball Ring ($70)
LOOK 4: Navy
Navy is my new black. It’s one of my go-to colors because it looks great, it’s chic, and it can blend into so many different looks. If black monochrome is a little too heavy for you, try this awesome new neutral for a softer take. Style this look how you want to since it’s pretty simple to pull off. Again, don’t forget to add some texture and mix fabrics a little bit to keep the look from looking too stale. And, hunts of accessories to break up the color a little bit.
Top: J.Crew Silk Short-Sleeve Blouse ($110); Coat: Burberry Brit Hooded Shell Trench Coat ($750); Pants: Stella McCartney Jasmine Wool-Twill Pants ($595); Shoes: Charlotte Olympia Cat Faced Pumps ($695); Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors Medium Travel Tote ($278);
LOOK 5: Army
One color I’ve been loving this season in the green-ish khaki look. I feel like whenever I wear it I instantly have some of that downtown chic vibe thrown into my look. Plus it’s a little rugged so it makes me feel a little tough around the edges, too. This color (and look) are a great way to take you from office (minus the beanit) to happy hour – you’ve got some prep, mixed with edge (love the leather detail of the skirt), and a whole lot of chic. Again, play with hue blending and texture to create a fabulous khaki monochrome look.
Top: Michael Kors Double-Faced Metallic Sweater ($945); Jacket: J.Crew Charlie Fatigue Jacket ($188); Topshop Khaki Contrast Hem Skirt ($70); Boots: Sperry Top-Sider Albatross Boot ($198 $150); Bag: MULBERRY Summer Khaki Daria Satchel ($1,330); Hat: American Apparel Unisex Cuffed Acrylic Lined Beanie ($20)
Emiko Vaughn is a personal stylist and wardrober from Cleveland, OH. She currently co-owns and operates personal styling company Lageson & Vaughn with her business partner, Kirsten Lageson.