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A Guide to Monochromatic Style: Spring Edition

by Rebecca Casamayor

Monochromatic style is one of the most classic and iconic fashion trends out there. Jackie Kennedy did it, street style stars do it, and you probably do it all of the time too without even realizing it (albeit, in head-to-toe black). There’s a reason why monochrome style is always en vogue: when done right, it makes a person look instantly polished and not a bit fussy—essentially the holy grail of a great fashion look.

So, it’s no surprise that monochrome dressing will be everywhere this spring, and it’s a trend worth trying. For one, you likely already have all the necessary pieces in your closet. And beyond that, it’s one of the simplest styles to pull off. (Our one big tip is that unless the pieces you are mixing together match exactly, make sure that the pieces you’re pairing are different enough in terms of shade so it looks deliberate.)

Here are seven outfit ideas to get you started so you can master monochromatic style.

1. Bold Monochromatic Suit

So much of the fashion advice you’ll read is about breaking your suits up into separates, but why break up a pant or short suit in a fun color when it looks so great paired? Go bold in a pink short suit this spring or a lilac pantsuit. Complete your monochromatic suit look with a shirt in a neutral color underneath and neutral color accessories—you’ll be on trend wherever you go.

2. White Jeans and White Top

Consider this outfit the perfect antidote to black-on-black top and pants. Pair your favorite white jeans with a semi-sheer white blouse or a white turtleneck for a very sophisticated yet casual outfit. Finish your outfit with a pair of statement heels; consider snakeskin or leopard print.

Classic Rise Skinny Ankle Utility Jeans

3. Beige, Beige, Beige

Putting together an outfit entirely of neutrals is one of the most chic ways to wear the monochrome trend. It couldn’t be simpler to pull off: wear a beige pencil skirt and a nude bodysuit paired with a trench coat. And don’t worry about any slight color variation among the beiges of this outfit; it will add texture to what you are wearing.

4. Red to Toe

When you want to stand out from the crowd and turn some heads, there is no better—or easier—look than head-to-toe red. Pair a red cocktail dress and red heels (ideally one shade darker than your dress) for the perfect modern-day Jessica Rabbit ensemble.

Polished Knit Fit-and-Flare Dress

5. Metallics Party

Another look that is sure to make a statement is wearing head-to-toe metallics—metallic dress, metallic shoes, metallic purse. To pull this glamorous monochromatic look off, make sure that the shades of metallic you are wearing are all slightly different: think gold, gunmetal, silver, brass. Stay simple with the jewelry as your clothing will already be making enough of a statement.

6. Navy Is the New Black

It’s easy to slip into the habit of throwing on all-black outfits (black shoes, black sweater, black pants, black bag), but there’s an alternative: think navy. There’s a richness to an all-navy outfit that offers something new, like navy trousers, a navy turtleneck sweater, and a navy pea coat. It’s the perfect outfit for the early days of spring.

7. Think in Color

Every woman has that bright pair of pants she doesn’t know what to wear with (hello, red jeans). Stop thinking so hard about what to pair them with and opt for the same colored T-shirt or blouse. Embrace the color and you won’t go wrong.

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