Monochrome-Color on Color

Perhaps one of the boldest statements you can make with your clothing is to go monochromatic. Color on color. More importantly, the same color. The biggest monochromatic trend this year is obviously the “Canadian Tuxedo”–or, denim on denim

The denim atrocity below is an example of what should not happen when wearing the “Canadian Tuxedo.”

(via iVillage)

You see, Britney and Justin are all clad in light blue–there is no variance of shade.

If that denim atrocity frightened you out of any hope of putting together a monochromatic outfit, don’t fear. It’s actually relatively easy to put together looks composed of one color that will not leave you looking like a ninja or a bowl of oatmeal.

The big secret when it comes to balancing the one color-coordinated outfit is to vary the saturation levels. In other words, the lightness or darkness of a color. For example, matching a bright coral top with a pale peach skirt, or a rich plum jacket with lavender pants. This mix of saturation levels varies the outfit enough so that you don’t look like a cartoon character.

Now, let’s look again at the “Canadian Tuxedo”. This time with a chambray shirt and dark navy skinny jeans. The light blue and dark navy contrast so that the wearer is not a blob of blue. Much better, eh?

canadian tuxedo

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Next up, let’s play with a monochrome outfit inspired by Pantone’s Color of 2013. A green monochromatic outfit is a bit more daring, but the vivid and fresh look is well worth it. Pull out some dark emerald corduroy skinnies, add the palest mint green top, throw in a few accessories and there you have it! You can even reverse the idea by wearing mint jeans and and emerald top.

monochrome green outfit

(via Pinterest)

Back in black. If you prefer not to look like you are a ninja attending a funeral, make sure to utilize different shades of black (like any type of gray!) in an outfit.

monochrome black

(via Pinterest)

Now for something a bit more challenging. Neutral beiges and tans. As mentioned before, a tan monochromatic outfit should not resemble oatmeal. The variance of saturation should be subtle and noticeable at the same time. Start with ivory, progress to beige, and move on to tan. Now it looks as though you are wearing nude colors, and not in the nude.

neutral business wear

(via Pinterest)

Until next time,




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