Colors can change and transform your winter outfits and if you already wear colors and want to know how you can upgrade your outfits to a monochrome look with colors then this post if for you. Or if you are thinking about incorporating colors into your daily style, monochromatic outfits are a great way to do that and I can show you how.
If you have been reading my blogs (THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING) you already know that I am a fan of colors, and there is no reason not to.
Colors bring everything to life and it definitely does that to our outfits. I know top bloggers have been telling all of us to wear more neutral because you will look great always. But I kind of disagree with that. Not everyone can pull of neutral looks. And I am actually raising my hand while typing this.
Its not that I hate them, I just don’t look as interesting as I want to look in them. More importantly, I don’t enjoy the same monotonous neutral tones.
If you love colors in general, you can easily incorporate them into your daily outfits and creating monochromatic looks is the easiest way of achieving that.
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Monochrome = Black?
This is one of the biggest misconception that everyone has, so wanted to clarify this before we move on! Monochrome does sound dull, but it’s not just wearing black or grays.
Monochrome if wearing similar colors together and most of the time is associated with solid colors and not black and white only. They also come under monochrome.
But, lately, I am also seeing people experiment with patterns, but for the sake of simplicity, I always associate monochrome to solid colors without any patterns. This actually makes creating our outfits easier because we don’t have to deal with crazy prints and patterns.
Mix Color with Basics
The easiest way you can start wearing monochromatic colors is by pairing is with primary colors or basic colors that we generally wear a lot in our day to- day lives like blacks, grays, even navy blues, whites, tan colors.
Whatever your basic color palette is, if you mix a bit of color to it, your outfit will look way more refreshing and fun.
I love matching top and bottoms with similar colors and add in a black winter coat, or sometimes, I match my top with the outerwear I am wearing.
This is an easy and effortless way of creating a monochromatic look. You don’t have to worry how to match and come up with outfits.
Wearing All in One Color!
This is the most fun way of wearing a monochromatic outfit, going for an all in one color look. But, it can sometimes feel a bit overdone or even overwhelming.
But worry not, I have a fe tricks up my sleeve that I am sharing below:
When you are wearing every clothing piece in a similar color, it can feel like you look like a giant color bomb, but if you incorporate one or more accessories in a contrasting color, that can balance the over appearance of the monochromatic look that you are wearing.
I love adding boots, or even hats that can add that contrast to my outfit. A contrasting bag or even a belt can do the trick.
But making sure that it will create that visual contrast is important, like if I am wearing something in a darker color palette, I will pick my accessories to be lighter. And the other way round works too.
If you want to wear all the clothing pieces in a similar color, then its important to add a texture variation in the pieces to still have a structured look, otherwise you might look washed.
The cool part is that winter clothing pieces in general have so many variations in their texture that this is really easy to achieve.
You can pair in ribbed pattern with plain knits, cable knits and so on.
Similar not Same
When we do think of going all in 1 color, we do not have to literally just wear the same color. Monochromatic outfits look way more stylish when paired with similar shades of a color.
That creates depth and definition to your entire outfit and you can easily wear it anywhere you want.
If you like wearing pink, you can mix, pale pink with mauve and add in a fun darker pink shade for more definition and fun.
This actually makes your outfits versatile and you don’t have to go shopping for same colored clothes just to create monochromatic looks. You can come up with so many outfits in a color using this rule.
Monochrome with All Colors
You can also pair in different shades of colors to do monochromatic outfits. Its so fun to wear this and honestly, I am experimenting with this option everyday in my looks.
Here are some ways you can achieve that:
You might already know this, but I wanted to put it out there because sometimes I feel like in the crunch of time, this easy rule might have been forgotten.
When mixing colors, its really really important that we use colors that naturally look good together. I don’t want to create a rule, but if you just put two colors side by side next to you and see if they look good, then you can wear them.
But if you are doubting your decision, then let’s make it a bit easier. Pair Cooler tones with warmer tones.
Blues, violets, pinks, grays (though right now I don’t want you to focus on this color) are all cooler tones. Though Greens are cooler tones, I sometimes find them warmer specially if they are in shades like dark green, forest green.
Warmer shades are reds, yellows, oranges, browns and so on.
Ofcourse, there are exceptions to this, but if you want an easy guide, this will help you get started.
If you are wearing two contrasting color shades, then its really important not to add more colors to the mix. And this is why you should stick to your basic accessories which most of the time would be black or in the shades of black.
This way, you are drawing attention to the colors itself rather than adding another color to the mix and making your entire outfit look busy and not so flattering.
This is the extra layer that can really elevate your outfit. Jewelries add a pinch of sophistication and elegance to any outfit even if its casual.
Most of the time, gold jewelries would work, but the key is not make them too heavy. Going for minimal pieces can make a subtle yet powerful difference to your overall look.
Nature has its ways of adding colors to everything around us, so why keep ourselves away from it. Colors have a way of making you feel happy and when I wear them I feel special and my mood reflects.
So, don’t be afraid and embrace the color. I can never believe that someone looks bad in colors.
I decided to dedicate a board in Pinterest to inspire you to wear more colors in your monochromatic outfits. Linking it below:
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Hope this post was helpful and inspired you to create some monochromatic outfits with colors all year round.
I would love to know what is your favorite color?
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