You probably learned the word monochrome in an introductory art class you took your freshman year of high school, the same class where you got an A on your still life drawing of a teapot and were convinced you were the next Vincent Van Gogh. Since then, you have rarely used anything that you learned from that class, until now. Monochrome is a piece of art, or outfit, that is made up of one color or different shades of one color, and it just happens to be a favorite trend of mine. I can usually be seen wearing all navy or, preferably, all pink. It’s is a fun way to wear a color that you love and own a lot of.
This Fashionisto is rocking a neutral monochromatic outfit with shades of brown and tan. As a base, he is wearing a navy T-shirt with a zipped turtleneck sweater in a chocolate brown color layered overtop. His jacket, a sophisticated overcoat, is a lighter cocoa brown with some gray thread worn throughout. The classic khakis pair very well with his dark chocolate Sperry Top-Siders, both staples in every Fashionsto’s closet. This outfit works because all the pieces are from the same color palette and are all different shades.
A monochromatic outfit can stem from virtually any color. For example, if you have some green cords that you love and a green oxford shirt that is your all-time favorite, why not throw them on together to create a great outfit? You can also add an accessory, like a tie or a belt that draws from all the different variations of color you have on to finish off the look.
Hint: The key to pulling off the monochrome outfit is sticking to not only one color scheme, but also one color tone. For instance, if you are wearing a pair of yellow chinos, don’t wear a neon yellow shirt just because it is also yellow. If your pants are a darker yellow, you should stick to different shades of mustards, maize and gold. Conversely, if your pants are a more of a pastel yellow, try to add pieces that are cream or apricot colored. Whatever color you choose, just remember to stay in the tonal family.