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
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
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
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
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.