It is understandable that coordinating an entire outfit around one neutral color palette is often an easy go-to choice. At the same time, there is always the fear when wearing entirely one color that it may come off as too matchy-matchy. There are a few elements that can take a monochromatic look from looking too color coordinated. Such outfit choices would be to wear different shades of the one color or to wear same colored pieces, but in different textures.

This Fashionista put together a really simple and clean outfit. We can see that she decided to not only wear two different shades of gray, but also to wear separate gray pieces in different textures. This accentuates the difference in garments and creates a slightly greater contrast between the two pieces. This Fashionista is wearing a gray shift dress with a lighter gray sleeveless cardigan. She accessorizes the outfit with a black Michael Kors tote bag, black booties, and a long gold accented necklace.

The great thing about wearing one color is that there is no need to make sure different prints go together or if all of the colors complement one another. Often, people will only think of wearing only all-black or all-white for a neutral, monochromatic look. However, there are many other colors, such as gray, that can create that same dramatic monochromatic effect.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “When you want to wear one color, it’s all about mixing up the textures and maybe even shades of that same color.”