Creating Monochromatic Style

This season one of the hot trends is the monochromatic look.  There are a couple of easy tips and tricks to pulling off this look with ease.  Fashion forward style starts with your color choice and the monochromatic look is no different.

Which Colors Work Best?

Any color can be made into a monochromatic look with enough effort. The easiest colors to work with obviously are neutral colors like white, gray and brown. Even though black is technically a neutral color it can be slightly more difficult to work with because of its tendency to fade.  I will challenge you though when working with monochromatic colors to push your boundaries and step outside the box abandoning neutrals and choosing bolder colors like bright blues, oranges, and greens.  Once you decide on a color, the next big trick is to select the right shades for your creation. As a rule of thumb select shades that are at least two to three shades apart from one another on the color wheel. If you choose anything less than that, you run the risk of losing the intent of your look and appearing as if you simply chose faded garments to pair together.

monochromatic color wheel

How Do You Create Interest?

When you are creating your monochromatic look, one of the challenges becomes how to create interest within the look. There a couple of options to choose from when looking to create interest in an outfit. If you want to create a true monochromatic look, including your accessories, then the interest you create needs to come from a contrast in texture and fabric.  Look for details and fabrics that will draw the attention to the outfit and spark conversations. Another method to creating interest in your monochromatic look is to choose accessories in complimentary colors.  Complementary colors are colors that are opposite of one another on the color wheel.  For example, you can create a monochromatic look using bright blue tones and then use the complimentary color of orange to create a pop of interest in your outfit.

Color wheel two

Care Instructions

While it always important to follow the care instructions on a garment, it becomes even more important to follow them when the garment is part of a monochromatic pair. Following the care instructions on the garment will help ensure that no one garment will fade faster than the other. In order to continue to be able to wear the two designated pieces together they should fade at the same rate. If one becomes brighter than the other, the look no longer works together.

Now its your turn, what are your favorite colors to create monochromatic looks with?

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About @mfashforward

I am a fashion obsessed working mom of twin teenagers. I have spent my career in the retail industry dressing others on a daily basis. Now, I must strike a delicate balance by remaining fashion forward and having my teenagers still acknowledge my existence. Follow me on a journey into my fashion world.

Posted on February 17, 2013, in Affordable, Bargain Shopping, Beauty, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping, Style and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great advice, thanks for sharing,

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  2. I like the advice of choosing accessories in complementing colors! I’ll be sure to remember that one!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂

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  3. This is great info. thanks so much for sharing it.

  4. Great color advice here, thanks! I do love a monochromatic neutral, with a colorful scarf as accent. Thanks for linking up!

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