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4 Fresh Takes on Monochrome Dressing

July 12, 2017 | Filed in: Your Closet

The easiest shortcut to an elegant outfit? Monochrome dressing. Just combine different garments from the same color family, and voila—a polished, put-together look. For more inspiration, see four examples below, modeled by MM intern Elle.

Look 1: Modern and streamlined

Elle wears the Foster pant in monsoon, the Bronte top in mist, and the Tennis bracelet

Elle wears the Foster pant in monsoon, the Brontë top in mist, and the Tennis bracelet.

Why it works: This outfit features two different tones of blue-gray for a clean take on business casual. The combination of a light top with a darker pant elongates the legs and creates a sleek silhouette. 

Look 2: Classic and professional

Elle wears the Aditi 2.0 dress in galaxy blue, the Sant Ambroeus jardigan in galaxy blue, the Rectangle belt in Atlantic blue, and the Callisto earrings.

Elle wears the Aditi 2.0 dress in galaxy blue, the Sant Ambroeus jardigan in galaxy blue, the Rectangle belt in Atlantic blue, and the Callisto earrings.

Why it works: For a more traditional monochrome look, opt for pieces in the exact same tone; pairing a tailored dress with a matching structured knit creates a suit-like effect. Try a belt with eye-catching hardware to break up the blue-on-blue and add definition to the waist.

Look 3: Relaxed and Polished

Elle wears the Didion top in ink wash, the Vesterbro trouser in dark clay, the Marquis studs, and the Tennis bracelet.

Elle wears the Didion 3.0 top in ink wash, the Vesterbro trouser in dark clay, the Marquis studs, and the Tennis bracelet.

Why it works: When extending monochrome dressing to patterns, the key is match a printed piece with a solid garment that picks up an accent color within the print. The clay color of the Vesterbro trouser accentuates the brown tones in the Didion 3.0 top, making for a cohesive, breezy look from head to toe.

Look 4: Crisp and Tailored

Elle wears the Oshima pant in dune grass, the Crawford top in true olive, the Jupiter cuff, and the Telesto earrings.

Elle wears the Oshima pant in dune grass, the Crawford top in true olive, the Jupiter cuff, the Thread necklace, and the Telesto earrings.

Why it works: For this outfit, we paired two pieces that are close enough in color to blend into one shade. A light green palette feels fresh for summer, and gold jewelry picks up on the warm olive tones. 

BONUS: This outfit is puppy-approved.

Photographs by Yan Ruan.


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Alexandra Johnson is the brand manager at MM.LaFleur, where she started out as a summer intern. Her happy place is the room housing Monet's Water Lilies at MoMA. Read more of Alexandra's posts.


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