2021 is the year of monochrome: It’s time to start matching your color palette throughout your outfit. Although it may look relatively easy, creating the perfect monochrome fit can be difficult and requires attention to many different components. Don’t be alarmed! We will push you in the right direction with 5 ways to style a monochrome fit.
1. Mix Textures
First monochrome fit tip: Mix textures! Not only will this add more dimension to your outfit, but it will also ensure that your fit steers away from being too boring. Pairing a heavy wool sweater with shiny leather pants will keep your fit interesting and fun while also having the chic tough of any monochrome fit. Other ways to pair different textures include knit and cloth, denim and chiffon, or silk and wool. You may also incorporate different textures throughout your outfit with accessories or your shoes; mixing in a different texture purse or shoes will do the trick just as well! If you want to highlight or downplay certain parts of your body, you may do so with the materials you mix and match. For example, if you want to draw attention to your long legs you can go for a material such as skinny leather pants to accentuate that part of your body. When your fit is feeling too bland, mix together two or three different textures to immediately add the excitement that it needs. Play around with different jackets, pants, sweaters, etc., you’d be surprised at how amazing the combinations look! Don’t shy away from layering once the weather gets colder, this makes it even easier to mix textures (such as a puffer coat over a heavy sweater). Overall, mixing different textures while still maintaining the same color palette is the perfect way to add dimension and style to your monochrome fit.
2. Wear Different Shades Of The Same Color
Probably our favorite approach to wear a monochrome fit is to mix and match different hues of the same color in one outfit. Mixing lighter and darker tints of the same color is what will make your outfit complete; not only does it look super trendy and stylish, it is another factor that ensures you are not just throwing together one color and calling it a fit. We told you that it was not as simple as you might have thought! Lucky for you, there are a lot of different ways to go about blending different shades of the same color. One way that you can do this is if you are looking for a more formal look, create an outfit that explicitly shows your different shades. For example, a darker blue for your blazer and a lighter blue for your trousers; because of the large variation in tones, this appearance almost makes it appear that your ensemble is not monochromatic, while still making you look incredibly fashionable. Another way to go about it is by making your fit more subtle and sneakily mixing in different shades of the same color; this works for both formal or comfy fits! One great way to do this is with white and dream colors, these can easily be mixed in a discrete way and make your comfy sweats look more stylish. Next time you are hoping to create a monochromatic fit, add a touch of style by curating your fit with different shades of the same color scheme.
3. Break Up The Colors For Balance
Monochrome fit tip number three: Break up the colors for more balance. Another important aspect to creating a monochrome look is to try to avoid looking too matchy-matchy, crazy right? Although that seems like it’s the whole point of monochrome, on some occasions breaking up the outfit by adding in something of a different color may look better. A great way to do this is by copying something like what Kendall is wearing; while her outfit could have been completely monochrome, she chose to wear a white shirt with her black-on-black fit. This creates a stylish contrast and breaks up your monochrome fit in a classy way. The addition of a different color bag is another way to break up an outfit. So, try this more approachable style to monochromatic fits if you are not totally enamored with being matchy-matchy.
4. Add In A Touch Of Pattern
Another way to spice up your monochrome fit is by incorporating a touch of pattern. You can go about this in any way you’d like; through your top, bottoms, or even your accessories! Super abstract pants such as the ones on the left are super trendy right now, and a super cool way to mix in a fun twist to an otherwise more simple outfit. Not only will this distract from the fact that you are wearing all the same colors, it will also add more depth to the ensemble. If you are not interested in funky pants, no worries! You can go as simple as polka dots or stripes when adding personalizing your monochromatic look; either way, you will look cooler and trendier. The addition of different prints adds visual interest and is another way to break up outfits that are all the same color. Another way to do this that may be easier than looking for articles of clothing that have good patterns is finding it within other accessories such as scarves or headbands; these are much easier to find in plenty of cute patterns and are simple to just throw on top of any outfit. Never be shy when it comes to adding in patterns!
5. Mix In A Pop Of Color
Our final monochrome fit secret is to mix in a pop of color; this works best with all-white outfits, but of course, can work with anything! There are dozens of different approaches you can take when it comes to this depending on which way you want to go. You could choose to use a brightly colored bag to contrast with your all-white outfit, that way there is a pop of color to catch the eye. Another way you could do this is by incorporating shoes with pops of color to give your outfit a cool and fun twist! Even by wearing colorful jewelry such as earrings or a statement necklace, you are able to incorporate splashes of color. If none of these approaches sound appealing to you, there is one more: Your makeup. By wearing a bright shade of lipstick or colorful eye makeup, you can add in a pop of color to your monochromatic look.