Work and Play
Happy day, Reader Dear!
We’ve been playing with Achromatic and Monochromatic looks this month in the Style Reset subscription group. That meant I needed to pull together some Achromatic looks myself!
But how do you do that and still create interest?
As a reminder (Or possibly an introduction?) Achromatic is an underappreciated adjective.
Achromatic simply means Without Color. A=Without, Chroma=Color. So an Achromatic outfit is one without color. The non-colors are Black and White. AND all the shades of Grey you can make with B&W!
That means an all black outfit is Achromatic.
So is an all white outfit.
AND an all grey outfit.
An outfit made up of black and white? Black and grey? White and grey? Black and white and grey?
The term Achromatic is almost unrecognized because most style bloggers (not trained in color or color theory) unknowingly call Achromatic outfits Monochromatic. (Pet peeve alert! Phone editing app filters don’t help.) We’ll get into what Monochromatic really means in another post!
Today I’m taking one skirt and creating three different Achromatic looks with it, for varying Overall Values, Value Contrasts and Vibes! Let’s go.
Mixing pattern, texture, silhouette and shades of black/white/grey go a looooong way to keeping an Achromatic look interesting!
Today’s first look is sassy boss vibe. The skirt pattern (Why is it a pattern and not a print?) and boots keep the jacket from looking staid. This jacket and skirt combo would be great for someone with Dark, Cool Coloring and a higher Value Contrast than I have! Dressing in harmony with your coloring rather than fighting it creates a Face Focus rather than a Body Focus.
You can see how your eyes are dragged away from my face to the dark jacket and boots. I’m happy to wear it and break the rules, though.
Or is that two and three? I decided to do this pairing two ways! With the boots would be better for someone with dark hair. Why? Because, TNT. The look on the right is better (Or would be if my legs weren’t quite so pasty white!) for my light hair. Again, I’m happy to break the rules, but you can see how the boots drag your eye down away from my face…
Mixing up the animal print with sequins adds interest without adding color. As for proportion, I need to play with tucking and untucking this tee. The tuck with the boots looks better.
Here’s one I can see wearing on repeat when the weather gets hot! (I love light achromatic looks for a cool feeling in hot weather.) With sandals, of course! The shirt is lighter than my overall coloring, but is more flattering than the black jacket. The color, not the shape. The shape of the jacket rocks. That’s why I still own it!
Another win with this outfit is the proportion. Tucking in a white shirt would create an unflattering 1:1. This 2:1 (Top to Bottom) is more flattering. The same tips for looking good in shorts apply to shorter skirts! Flats or sandals would take this pairing to everyday cool, running errrands, coffee date or really anywhere!
How About You?
Were you already familiar with the term Achromatic? Have you seen others use Monochromatic where they should use Acromatic? Do you like Achromatic looks on you? What’s your favorite combination? Which of the three/four above do you like best? Would suit your coloring? I do so love to hear from you… Please share! XO