STYLE ADVICE: Monochrome Madness

STYLE ADVICE: Monochrome Madness

It’s no surprise: all-black outfits are in no matter the season. Although, the struggle is very real when we try to find that one black shirt out of the 500 that we own; this situation is something any Fashionista/o has experienced. What happens though when we branch out from wearing all black and decide to wear all of another color? Madness, guys. Madness. Even thinking of such a thing could cause one’s closet to burst into flames. Kidding, but there’s a method to the madness.

If I told you an all-purple-hued outfit could look good, would you believe me? Perhaps not because you probably saw a human-sized, walking grape when you asked yourself the question. However the trick is when it comes to wearing all one color besides black is to use alike colors instead. The correct art term is referred to as monochrome: a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color. We are all aware fashion is truly art, so obviously it only make sense that we apply art terms to fashion.

In this outfit, my Fashionista is wearing different hues of purple; it’s technically all one color, but the variations in the tones allow it to be pleasing to the eye and not a chaotic mess. Starting from the bottom to the top, the lavender-toned Pumas start the fun. Moving up to socks, the ruffle trim socks compliment the shoes because they’re the average, essential colors: grey and white. Keep this one thought in mind when pairing clothing items for a monochrome style outfit: white, grey, and black are going to be your best friends when it comes to evening things out. Again, wearing black socks with an all-black outfit is a no-brainer, but we have to get a little creative when dealing with different colors on the color wheel.

Unfortunately, this Fashionista is not a shade of purple herself; however, her pencil skirt can be. Moving on to her top, because the skirt was purple as well as the shoes, it only made sense to bring back in another safe color. This lace-up, gray T-shirt adds a nice detail that a normal grey T-shirt wouldn’t have otherwise. To complete the look, this fashionista used the same monochromatic scheme for her makeup. The vampy, purple lip adds another hue of purple without it being overbearing. Now next time you want to mix up your usual all-black outfit by doing another color, you could avoid looking like a walking grape, or walking orange, or walking pineapple… you get the point.