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Monochromatic Color Schemes and How to Pull Them Off

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A monochromatic color scheme is a simple yet sophisticated way to create a stylish and cohesive outfit. It is easy to put together, versatile, and appropriate for almost any occasion. By varying the shades of the color you’re working with, playing with textures and fabrics, layering and accessorizing, you can create a monochromatic outfit that is both chic and unique. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it tastefully:

Step 1: Choose Your Color

The first step in dressing in monochrome is to choose the color you want to wear. This can be any color you like, but it’s best to choose a color that you know looks great on you and complements your skin tone. For this example, I will use pink. Pink is a playful and flirty color and looks good on everyone! Therefore, peak-a-boo pieces such as a pleated mini skirt or crop tops are perfect for this color.

Step 2: Vary the Shades

Once you have chosen your color, it is important to vary the shades of the color you are wearing. For this yellow example, you could make your base color a pale or lighter shade of yellow. However, to add depth and interest to the outfit, vary and layer the shades of yellow. Here, I added deeper and lighter shades of yellow with shoes, bags, trousers and under garment as a compliment to the base color. Bonus tip: Starting with a basic top or bodysuit can go a long way because you can build your outfit by pairing it with almost any style of bottoms and outerwear. 

Step 3: Play with Textures

To add even more interest to your monochrome outfit, explore with textures. This can be done by mixing different fabrics such as wax, leather, and suede. For example, you could wear a leather top and skirt and layer it with suede over-the-knee heels. Be mindful that the material itself doesn’t have to do all the work. Have fun with different patterns, silhouettes or textile manipulations to give even more depth and play on texture.

Step 4: Accessorize

Adding accessories to your monochrome outfit can also help to add appeal and dimension. This can be done by wearing jewelry, sunglasses, purses or hats. To keep the monochrome theme, choose accessories that are in the same color family as your outfit. 

Step 5: Experiment and Have Fun!

Last but certainly not least, don’t be afraid to experiment with different monochrome looks. Don’t overthink it. Try a variety of color combinations, textures, patterns and accessories to find the look that works best for you!

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