How to Break Up a Monochrome Look? Do you love the elegance of wearing a single-color outfit, or perhaps you’ve run out of options for mix ‘n’ match in your current wardrobe? Consider some of these ideas for breaking up any monochrome look.
How to Break Up a Monochrome Look
Vary Your Monochrome with Tones and Textures
The first and easiest way to break up a one-color look is to vary the shade of the color. Do you have a light-grey leather jacket to pair with those dark-grey dress pants? Or perhaps a brilliant-white blouse to combine with a cream skirt? These subtle differences can go a long way toward breaking up the outfit.
Another way to rock a single color is to include different textures and prints. Suede with cotton, silk with leather, denim with wool, and pretty much any other combination of materials that feel and look different from each other can provide that much-needed contrast.
Complementary Prints and Patterns
How to Break Up a Monochrome Look with a single color? Do you love the elegance of wearing a single-color outfit, or perhaps you’ve run out of options for mix ‘n’ match in your current wardrobe? Consider some of these ideas for breaking up any monochrome look. If you love wearing tops and bottoms in the same color, why not combine a solid-color piece with a fun print or pattern? A floral, polka-dot or striped print adds some variety and contrast while showing off your tasteful sense of color coordination.
For the particularly bold and brave, you could even combine two different prints in the same color for a unique, eclectic look!
Trendy Vests and Jackets
A monochrome base (a dress, or matching top-and-bottom combination) looks amazing when topped with a contrasting vest or jacket. Try an all-white base with a leather or denim jacket, or a sleek black look with a colorful tweed vest (think live Saturday-night jazz). The simple base provides a neutral background for highlighting your jacket or vest as a fabulous feature piece.
To create an endless amount of looks with the same colors and outfits, try pairing the pieces with some creative accessories to provide visual balance and contrast to a monochrome base.
What better way to break up a monochrome look than with some stunning, brightly-colored shoes? An eye-catching colored bootie in a luxurious velvet, suede, or leather material could turn into a sure head-turning piece. Pair with a hat, scarf, or bag in the same or a similar color (but with a different texture or print) and you’ll have yourself a stunning outfit!
Take advantage of the statement jewelry trend to break up a monochrome outfit with a chunky necklace, shoulder-duster earrings, or brilliant bangles. The lady in the picture uses a gold choker as a sparkling contrast to an all-white dress suit. Your jewelry can pick up on the hues of your outfit or feature a completely different (but complementary) color.
Small variations go a long way—use gold with silver, gemstones in different colors, or cohesive motifs (animals, flowers, geometric) in different materials.
An elegant, textured belt adds a touch of fascination while clearly separating your outfit into two parts. Use a trendy belt to bring balance to a monochrome dress, or place one strategically between a matching top and skirt to create the illusion of wearing a dress.
Planning Your Outfit
When getting ready to hit the street, office, or shops, try laying out your clothes and accessories on the bed to imagine what it will look like before putting it on.
A Base to Match the Occasion
Start with your single-color base (taking into account the weather, occasion, and your mood). Add a contrasting jacket, vest, or sweater for changes in temperature throughout the day. Remember that this can be in the same color as your base if you like, but go for a different texture or print.
Accessories to Look Amazing
Now, you’re ready to accessorize! Pull out your statement jewelry collection, hats, scarves, shoes, belts, and bags. You want to provide contrast to your monochrome outfit while maintaining a sense of unity.
Think about which accessories complement each other without being overly matching, and remember that you don’t need to use all of your accessories at once! A hat, bag, shoes, and necklace could be more than enough to break up your look or consider a bracelet, scarf, or belt that you haven’t worn in a while to create new and exciting outfits.
Experiment and Find Your Own Style
The more you try different combinations, the more you’ll love the possibilities of monochrome. There’s no limit to the ways you can dress up a single color and use it to highlight all your fun prints, textures, and accessories for an endless number of looks!
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