You think dressing in just one colour looks kinda boring? Think again!

When executed well, dressing monochromatically can be a real head turner.

A common misconception is that monochrome dressing means wearing black and white (and sometimes grey). But it actually just means wearing separates of one colour. Any colour.

Mono = one and chrome = colour, so, therefore, you can wear different shades of a single colour to create an overall tonal look.

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You can also choose to wear one shade of one colour from head to toe, which is a statement in itself. Mixing in different textures and fabrications can add interest and features to your outfit.

I recently wrote a post titled ‘22 ways to wear black & white for the races’, so in today’s post I’m going to stick with talking about colour monochrome.

Why you Should Give Monochrome Dressing a Go

It’s On Trend

Dressing monochromatically has many benefits. For starters, it stands out.

An outfit made up of complementing shades of the one colour is eye catching. I love seeing it in pretty pastel colours like red and pinks or blue and baby blue.

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Monochromatic looks are very popular on this year’s runways.

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It’s Easy to Experiment with

Dressing monochromatically is also a safe way to experiment with fashion.

Wearing bright, bold colours and even prints together is adventurous- but dressing in the same hues and shades of one colour is a little less so, but still provides a chic and stylish effect.

No matter what colour you choose, if you mix shades and tints of that colour, it will work together.

It Forces you to Think about Fabrics and Textures

Experimenting with different fabrications and textures works amazingly with monochrome dressing, adding interest and features to your outfit.

When you can’t rely on colour to give your outfit contrast, if forces you to think of creating it in other ways. I like the look of mesh mixed in, as well as embroidered fabrics and laces.

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It Makes you Look Slimmer

Dressing head to toe in one colour means that the line from your head to your toes is uninterrupted, elongating your silhouette. This means that you will appear taller and slimmer (without dieting, hooray for that!)

4 Tips for Dressing Monochromatically

So you’re ready to give monochrome dressing a go? It’s simple and you can experiment with lots of different techniques. Here are a few ways to get you started…

Tip 1 – Choose a Colour that Suits You

There’s no point dressing head to toe in a shade that doesn’t suit you. Choose your favourite colours and play around with them.

Select your base colour such as one of the 12 tertiary colours

Choose a tertiary colour to begin with. From this colour, you will create your overall colour palette.