Style Advice of the Week

The monochromatic look was a big trend for 2012. Spring and fall runway shows, from designers such as Valentino, Peter Som and DKNY, featured monochromatic looks that were chic and sophisticated, from the basic blacks and whites to the more updated varying degrees of color. Fashionistas and even Fashionistos can effortlessly pull of monochrome outfits with ease and style.

Today’s Fashionista has a solid monochromatic look that is sharp and practical. People often worry about appearing too matchy when going for the monochromatic look. While it is true that wearing an outfit of just one color can look a bit pedestrian, choosing the same color of varying shades can take your look from average to head-turning. The key with monochrome is to mix textures to break up the appearance of one color palette. This Fashionista does an excellent job of this quintessential step by pairing dark navy corduroys with a quilted jacket. Her simple V-neck sweater adds yet another texture and a necessary pop of color. Create a similar look with these pants from J.Crew and this jacket from L.L. Bean.

Not every item you wear in your monochromatic outfit has to be in the same color scheme. It’s perfectly acceptable to add an accessory such as this Fashionista’s scarf to make the rest of the outfit stand out. Another option is for your shoes to be out of the monochrome palette, but try to stick to neutrals so that nothing takes away from the look you are trying to achieve.

Don’t be afraid to take monochromatic looks to bright colors or dark colors. Pairing things that you may initially not think as stylish sometimes create the best and most impressive looks. Mix up your wardrobe and think about monochromatic styling this winter. Take advantage of layering with textures to create a classic but trendy look.


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