The easiest way to do monochrome (and the best, in my opinion) is to pair different shades of the same color. A cream or winter white is super chic for right now. All black is easily the most popular monochromatic look out there, and of course, it’s chic AF no matter how you do it. Add one pop of bright color to spice things up, like colorful shoes.
To keep the outfit from looking like a blob of the same color, play around with different textures and patterns. This is a good example: layer a gray knit sweater over a gray and white striped shirt. It’s the same color scheme throughout, but the striped detail keeps things interesting.
You also don’t need to stick to the exact same color throughout – you can do similar colors for a slightly updated look. For example: a light tan sweater, white jeans, brown boots, and a brown bag are all different colors, but they give off a monochromatic vibe.
You don’t have to stick to neutrals, either, even if they’re the usual go-to. A pink monochromatic outfit is so fun. To keep yourself from being too bright, add a light shade in there. Or you can do bright colors in one shade only, like this sweater and jeans that are the same shade of purple. Pair that kind of look with shoes in a different color.
Gray and black can give off a monochromatic vibe too. Try pairing dark gray with black and a shade in between the two. All denim is typically called a “Canadian tuxedo,” but it’s basically monochromatic style. Try it for something different.
If you’re wearing only one shade for each piece, make it interesting by making one item stand out more – like this sheer top, for example. All blue is easy to do with denim jeans. Just add a light blue top and a sweater or jacket in a bright blue so that you really cover everything.
Break up an all-black outfit by showing a little skin, like wearing a crop top with high-waist jeans. Instead of sticking with just plain black pieces (or any color), add in a patterned piece in the same color scheme. A striped shirt is a great option.When in doubt, go for all black. It’s really hard to get it wrong.
A dress is an easy way to achieve a monochromatic look. Add a jacket and shoes that are the same color but different shades – you can even coordinate with your lipstick.
Make sure one piece really stands out in all black outfit, like statement sleeves or ruffles. Pair a cream or white dress with a cardigan of the same shade, then put on shoes that are the total opposite. It’s not exactly monochromatic, but it basically is, and it looks very cool.
Take advantage of the simplicity of an all black look to play around a bit. Doing an embellished shirt or putting fishnet socks on that peek out is fun. Break it up with a white tee. I love how the dark greens and blacks mix so well, and the white tee keeps everything from being too much.
Include a statement making accessory, like a leopard clutch, to show off against your monochromatic outfit. Play with different textures to keep the look interesting. Doing something unexpected, like knit and velvet, makes this more fun.