Fashion: One-Hued Wonder: How to Master the Monochromatic Look

You probably know the feeling well: It’s an early morning, you’re in a rush, and you just can’t figure out which color (other than black) will go with that new fire-engine red top you recently bought. Well, here’s one way to make things simpler: Just pair it with a matching red pant (and jacket…and shoes…).

That’s right: The monochromatic look is back for fall and making you look better than ever. That’s because the trend has a slimming effect, since wearing one color from head to toe makes your body look longer and leaner. And that’s not the only reason to give this trend a try: It’s also an easy way to look super-chic and high fashion, plus it can often be pulled off using pieces you already have stashed away in your closet.

Ready to rock the look? Just keep these five simple tips in mind:

Tip 1: Ease Into It

Tank: Pajama Drama Cami | Skirt: Jack Kingslee Pleated Skirt | Scarf: Lizzy Scarf 

If the thought of jumping straight from a multi-hued outfit to one color from head to toe is a little overwhelming for you, take the trend slowly by picking a top and bottom in matching shades, then breaking them up with shoes and accessories in a different color. Try a tank and midi skirt in the same color, then add in a scarf, cardigan, shoes, belt, or all of the above in a different hue. Not only is this a great way to test out a lot of the same color in one outfit, but it also gives you a bold, put-together look for your next fall date night.

Tip 2: Keep It All in the Family

Some new to the monochrome trend tend to get hung up on the idea of mixing the exact shade of crisp white on every piece they’re wearing, but it’s almost impossible to find hues that match up perfectly on separates (unless you buy a matching set, of course). Instead, stick with shades in the same color family, such as bright white, cream, and ivory or lilac, violet, and bright purple.

Tip 3: Pile on the Fabrics

Shirt: Lumiere Button Back Sweater Leggings: BGBGeneration Faux Leather Trim Legging 

 Jacket: Olivacious Zipper Detail Jacket

Scared just one color head to toe will look a little flat, even when you’re mixing slightly different shades of the same hue? The solution is simple: Pile on lots of different fabrics and textures to add dimension to your ensemble. Spice up your basic all-black look, for example, by pairing a cotton tee or tunic with a textured suede or leather jacket and half-ponte, half-leather leggings. For something a little dressier, layer a sleeveless sweater dress over a silk blouse, nylon tights, and smooth leather booties.

Tip 4: Do Denim on Denim

Shirt: Sneak Peek Denim Shirt | Jeans: Kut Catherine Boyfriend Jean

Sunglasses: Myra Sunglasses | Bracelet: Rhonda Cuff Bracelet 

When all else fails, a simple chambray shirt and jeans always do the monochrome trick. It’s the perfect effortlessly cool look, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. Try a structured denim shirt with skinny jeans, heeled boots, and a statement necklace for work, then toss on an oversized chambray button down and broken-in boyfriend jeans with suede booties for an off-duty fall look that never goes out of style.

Tip 5: Don’t Forget the Extras

If you’re ready to take the monochromatic look to the next level, add in a few accessories—think bags, shoes, jewelry, scarves, hats, and even sunglasses—to keep the one-color theme going. And if you’re truly dedicated, go the extra mile with a matching mani, lipstick, or eyeliner.

How do you plan to rock the monochrome trend this fall? (P.S. If you liked any of the styles above, order a Style Edit or Accessories Collection this month for a chance to receive them!)