Friday, March 22, 2013

How to: Dress Monochromatically

So, I'm not gonna lie. I had to look up whether monochromatically was actually a word or not. I knew monochromatic was, but not monochromatically. When I looked it up, I discovered a new word that I will work to incorporate into my vernacular. Ready for it?
Isn't it awesome? Hear it pronounced here.
Anywho, when one of my favorite bloggers wrote a post yesterday about dressing monochromatically, I thought it sounded like a great "how to" moment to blog about. :)
So, how do you dress monochromatically and not look like you're in costume? Well, take a look at how I think it can be done...

monochromatic dressing


So, here, I've given you three different options for dressing monochromatically or displaying, monochromaticity. (YES!!) I'll elaborate a bit on each of them below.

1. Dressing COMPLETELY in monochromatic colors.
Different shades of colors is the real key here. (Well, that's pretty much the key in all of them!) In this particular outfit, a dark shade of blue is navy, which is a neutral. By pairing brighter blues with navy, you can dress monochromatically but not look like one of the DoodleBops. (does anyone over 25 get that reference?)

2. Dressing monochromatically with a COMPLIMENTARY ACCENT color.
A dark green dress and lighter green cardi set the stage for pale yellow pumps and statement necklace. Yellow, while part of green (because blue + yellow = green) is enough of a contrast with green to make an impact. But it's no SO far away from green (like purple or orange) that it's extremely striking. It's a nice balance. I think this green look could be accented just as well with blue or teal. For some reason, this look reminds me of something Jess Day would wear. :)

3. Dressing monochromatically with a NEUTRAL ACCENT color.
You can never have too much pink, in my opinion. But, that's beside the point. :) A pink top and jeans, which is pretty vibrant by itself, is toned down a little with the addition of neutral accents. A nude bag, watch and shoes help to ground this outfit and will keep you from looking like the girl DoodleBop. (again...anyone?)

Do you have any thoughts on monochromaticity in your wardrobe? Would you ever try this?


  1. I have worn monochrome outfits a few times, but it is usually prompted by some sort of theme link up that I am participating in. I like to mix in some sort of pattern, too, or else I feel too boring (even I am wearing a bright color head to toe!)

  2. I adore that pink outfit. I'm a big fan of monochromatic dressing in all three forms that you posted!

  3. I love the idea of dressing in all different shades of the same color. Love your outfits!
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