MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24: A guest wears black and white print pattern sunglasses, a beige shirt, a matching beige long coat, matching beige large suit pants, a beige matte leather handbag, brown shiny leather loafers, silver and gold rings , outside Tod's, during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2023/2024 on February 24, 2023 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
Your Ultimate Guide To
Putting Together
The Perfect Monochromatic Outfit
Choose Your Color
The key to successfully putting together a monochromatic outfit is to choose a color you love, and one that you own many wardrobe pieces in. For many of us, those will be neutral colors like black, white, or beige, but a monochromatic outfit can be in any color — just ensure it is a shade you both look and feel great in.
Start With Your Fave
Style blogger Natalie Berger suggests choosing something you love as the first piece of a monochromatic outfit and building around that. "Pull out every clothing item you have in one color and lay them out on your bed. Start combining pieces into outfits and see what looks good together," she suggests.
Vary The Shades
While you can dress in matching shades of one color to create a gorgeous monochromatic outfit, stylist Sara Griot suggests working in tones is a much easier way to coordinate a piece. "Wearing multiple shades in the same color will keep things interesting and will liven up a simple combo," she writes.
Know How To Wear Them
Aside from looking sharp, monochromatic dressing can also help you accentuate the features you love while camouflaging those you'd like to hide. Wear darker shades on the areas you want to minimize, as the eye will naturally be drawn to the lighter shades first.
Patterns Are Your Friend
The beauty of this stunning style is you can add patterns or prints to your outfit to add some personality if they fall into the same shade as the rest of your outfit. This is a great way to elevate a monochromatic outfit or make an outfit less formal — monochrome doesn't have to mean solid colors.