AND What It Isn’t!
Monochromatic Style is NOT boring.
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Happy day, Reader Dearest!
I’ll repeat that.
Monochromatic Style is NOT boring. If it is, it’s the fault of the wearer, not the fact that it’s Monochromatic!
Last week, I wrote about Achromatic Style, the definition of which may have surprised you. As I mentioned, there is a LOT of confusion out there in weblandia about Achromatic and Monochromatic Style.
Monochromatic means of one color. Mono = One, Chroma = Color. So a Monochromatic outfit is one color NOT (as so many think) an all black or all white outfit! You’re smarter than that and know the difference.
I’ve had people tell me, That’s not for me. Monochromatic outfits are boring. Not so! You can find blues in every shade from baby to midnight. They’re all blue. And when worn together they make a Monochromatic outfit. You can find purples from the palest orchid to eggplant. You can see where this is going, right?
Amusingly, those same complainers are wearing black from head to toe… And that’s not boring? Go figure. If you’re stuck in a rut and looking to break the black habit, here’s some ideas to get you started.
Paint chips from the store are the simplest way to think about Monochromatic combinations. Each color chip is a series of colors from light to dark that all share the same hue, undertone and intensity. Of course, you could wear all the same tone from head to toe, too. It’s up to you!
In Real Life
I LOVED this outfit. Pinks are tints of red. The wine shoes and flower are shades of red. A tint is a hue (called a color by most) mixed with white and a shade is a color mixed with black. I mentioned eggplant above and now wine… Those darned Colored Neutrals are showing up again!
Monochromatic Style Tips
I bet you guessed! Keeping a monochromatic outfit interesting is much like keeping achromatic looks interesting… Mix pattern, texture, shine/sparkle, silhouette and shades of whatever color you choose and YOUR Monochromatic look will never be dull!
Mix tints and shades of the color of your choice! Blues, Oranges/Browns, Greens, whatever floats your boat. (Not black, white and grey, though!) Everything from light to dark will work together if you keep the undertone and/or intensity in the same family. You can also use pattern and/or accessories to tie disparate pieces together.
Here, the beaded necklaces in varying shades of blue add interest and sparkle while tying together the brighter blue of the shoes and navy blue of the sweater with the more muted blue of the jeans. I even splashed on blue eyeliner!
How About You?
What is your favorite color? Or your happy color? Are they the same? Can you shop your wardrobe to create a Monochromatic outfit? What color(s) would it be? Have you played with Monochromatic Style before? Does it appeal? Do tell… I love to hear from you!
Stylishly (and Colorfully) Yours,