It’s my guess that most people avoid wearing single-toned outfits in fear that they might look uncreative or too boring. But, much like denim on denim outfits, the trick to pulling off a single-toned outfit is to mix fabrics and washes. This Fashionisto did a fine job at mixing his fabrics by pairing his chambray shirt with a pair of cotton shorts. As for the washes, you can see that his shirt is slightly lighter than his shorts, which creates a contrast that’s easy to distinguish.
Name: Edgar Banuelos
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?
Edgar Banuelos: A short sleeve button-down from H&M, shorts that I bought online from Urban Outfitters and Converse shoes.
CF: Do you like to follow fashion trends or do you have your own style?
EB: I’ve never really followed trends. I’ve always worn what I like and what I feel comfortable wearing.
CF: What season is your favorite to dress for?
EB: I like to dress for fall or winter because it’s definitely a lot cooler than summer. I own a lot of short-sleeve button-down shirts that I wear during the summer, but then I use them during fall. I like to wear sweaters, jackets and boots too. You can’t wear all of that when it’s hotter out.
CF: Fall and winter are great seasons! What colors would you say you wear the most?
EB: I like to wear different colors like green or red; mostly darker colors.
How To: Remember, mixing and matching of textures and shades is crucial to a single-toned outfit. A plain denim shirt, a panel shirt or a shirt with pattern are great options to go with a pair of light denim or dark denim jeans. Try to incorporate accessories, such as a brown belt, to further break down the monochromatic outfit. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different details. Most importantly, have some fun with it.