STYLE GURU STYLE: A Monochromatic Moment

While I love wearing black, gray and white, I typically don’t go for entirely monochromatic looks. In the past, I have feared my attempt at monochromatic attire would come off too matchy-matchy. However, the Josie Natori resort 2015 collection changed my mind and eased my fears. Almost every look in the collection was monochromatic, and I loved each ensemble more than the last. Most of the looks were all-black, white or light gray, but some also featured pops of a beautiful light, summery green. The looks were simple and structured, many featuring neoprene fabric, a unique material that I am extremely fond of wearing. The accessories weren’t over the top, but made a chic statement. I knew I just had to create a look inspired by this fabulous show.

The particular Josie Natori look I decided to recreate was an all-black number. It featured a black, short sleeve top, skinny leg pants, a fur vest, sandals and a striking metallic belt. I began my outfit by selecting a simple black T-shirt that was a bit longer and of a quality material. I slipped on my favorite skinny leg J.Crew pants that feature a sleek leather panel up the side for a bit of additional interest. For volume, I added my warm fur vest, very similar to the one worn in the Josie Natori show. Due to the chilly Wisconsin winter, the sandals were a no-go, so I chose to wear my go-to Zara booties. I was lacking a gorgeous, shiny belt and felt that my look was in desperate need of an eye-catching accessory. Therefore, I tossed on my large brim black hat. Normally I’m not a hat person, but I think this accessory completes my look.

Overall, I love my finished Josie Natori-inspired look and will definitely dive into the monochromatic world again very soon. I love how polished, clean and professional this look is. I ended up donning this outfit for a mock interview and was complimented for my chic, put together ensemble.

Get My Look: 1. A simple, structured black T-shirt. 2. A pair of skinny black pants. 3. The perfect faux fur vest.