STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: This Beat Is Monochromatic

Style Advice of the Week

Who ever said one color was not enough? Initially when I heard that monochromatic color schemes were a trend, I was in disbelief. You can’t help but to have flashbacks to your days in daycare when you’re leggings were covered in pineapple prints and matched your turtleneck perfectly. If it isn’t nightmares from your preschool wardrobe, you’re probably picturing old women in the grocery store, decked entirely in mismatched navy or maroon. No matter what your first thoughts were, one color fails your imagination.

Despite these initial stigmas, with the right mixes of textures, hues, silhouettes and patterns, monochromatic ensembles can be chic and sophisticated. This Fashionista nails a minimalistic, monochromatic look that sticks to shades of mocha. Focusing on a neutral color makes playing with different hues and patterns less dramatic and theatrical looking. Brown, black, dark green, cream, soft pink and navy are perfect colors to use as your base. For this Fashionista’s look, she layers a chocolate colored Free People dress with a cashmere sweater that’s the color of wet sand. The textures of these two pieces complement each other flawlessly; the ruffle hemline, lace diagonal detailing and flouncy shape of the dress plays well with the soft texture of the cashmere and its looser fit. She accessorizing her look with a dark brown wrap bracelet (similar to this), Michael Kors aviators, a turquoise evil eye necklace and Enzo Angiolini leather riding boots.The end result is a look that comes off as effortlessly cool.

Be selective. Pick one color, play with different hues, textures patterns and silhouettes to achieve your perfect monochromatic look. Emphasizing these details will steer you clear from your daycare nightmares and single color horrors and into monochromatic perfection.

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