Street-style aficionados know that some of the chicest looks snapped by photographers are those that work around one color. The likes of The Sartorialist and Stockholm Streetstyle love when their subjects sport the same hue head-to-toe. The Fashionistas they feature, however, are usually wearing high fashion garments, meaning they’re quite difficult to replicate by the average college student. But using street style shots as inspiration to translate the looks into a student lifestyle is far from impossible. In fact, that’s exactly what we Style Gurus do for our fashion-loving readers; we help you enhance your style by looking to the Fashionistas we feature.
This week’s Fashionista is rocking a monochromatic outfit with a smoky blue color scheme. Her look works because of how muted the shades are, and because the subtle streaks of red in her amazing woven top prevent her from getting washed out and looking dull. I really love how the ensemble manages to check off the comfort factor while avoiding sloppiness. Even more incredible about this Fashionista’s look is how she snuck in some print mixing with the vertical stripe-like pattern on the top and micro polka-dots on the skirt. She kept her look cute and young with the simple messenger bag adorned with a few buttons slung across her body.
If you are interested in getting a similar look to this Fashionista’s, do not fret for it can be done very effortlessly. Although her top does seem handmade and unique, tops and sweaters in that same knit or loomed style can be found in flea markets if rummaged with a keen eye. But since it is quite an original piece, something similar like an acid-washed utility jacket will work just as well. Next, find a skirt that has some sort of texture or pattern to it, in order to add some depth to the look. For accessories, slip on some comfy sneakers and throw on a simple messenger bag.
There’s always a trick to nailing a certain style. The trick for the monochromatic look is to choose a scheme that works for you. Going with one color top-to-bottom is so personal because the only way it will work is through self-confidence. People can look fashionable wearing anything if they show that they feel comfortable in it, so even wearing shades of only bright yellow can come off as fabulous with the right attitude. Therefore, do not feel hesitant to try something that you feel you may actually like, and perhaps the monochromatic style will be your new signature look.