The New Monochromatic

I went through an all-encompassing minimalism phase years ago.  (Perhaps I had read too much Hemingway and Beckett in college.)  My apartment was basically barren. Anything that was there was pure white, and I proudly told people that I could fit all my belongings into my car if I ever needed to leave town on a moment’s notice.  (Who did I think I was?  Bonnie of “Bonnie & Clyde”?  The most illegal thing I’d ever done was copy a song off a friend’s CD.)  Ah the hubris of youth.

Miroslava Duma stood out Michael Kors monochromatic ensemble 333x500 The New Monochromatic

But minimalistic monochromatic in fashion is back and so I’m drawing on my bare-essentials experience to help navigate this trend and avoid the pitfalls of looking too boring.  Monochromatic is not just sticking to one color, a boxy dress or a nehru jacket.

  • Pair a minimalist outfit with bold accessories, such as a gorgeous pair of heels.
  • Accentuate femininity by defining your waist, or accentuating your face with a boatline neck.
  • Minimal/monochrome doesn’t mean two seams and the designer is done.  Look for structured pieces that are well tailored, which give a piece details without fussiness.
  • Making a bold color choice can turn a boring piece into something special.

Alexa Chung Gray Sweater Dress 249x500 The New Monochromatic

“It girl” Alexa Chung does a wonderful job of wearing minimalism fashion without looking the least bit boring. Notice that she paired her simple sweater dress with a masculine hat, but then a throw-back-overtly-feminine bag, and modern shoes.  Mixing accessories can elevate boring to bold.

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Remember that less is not always more.  You can’t throw on your boyfriend’s XXL white Hanes undershirt and call it an homage to monochromatic.  Of course, if you’re Sharon Stone apparently you can throw on your boyfriend’s Gap white button-down and wear it to the Oscars.  But don’t try that if you’re new to minimalistic monochromatic – that level of gumption takes a real pro.

What’s your favorite color to wear in the monochromatic style?

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  1. When I wear monochrome, I usually go for black; sometimes blue. I just try to put a little embellishments so as not to look stiff.

  2. Sometimes, it’s easier to wear monochromes because you can be sure that the colors won’t clash with your shoes and all.. just sayin…

  3. Princess Lia says:

    I like wearing bold colored clothes, so even though it’s in a monochromatic style, I know I’d still stand ou

  4. I wear monochromes all the time. I am not an expert in colorful outfits per se.. I actually fail in color combination, so monochrome it is.

  5. I think, the key to wearing monochromatic outfits successfully is to make sure that the colors blend with the season. Like this summer, it’s best to wear different shades of yellow, or pastel greens or even hot pinks!

  6. Letty Baker says:

    Thanks for the style tips on wearing monochromes, pr as what my daughter would say, fifty shades of grey colored outfits. Forgive my daughter for her lack of fashion knowledge about colors. Bet she got it from me who also happens to wear different shades of grey whenever I go to work.

  7. I used to wear monochromes when I was still working in an office before. I thought I was being minimalist, too, because I didn’t really want to grab anyone’s attention by wearing colorful clothes.

  8. Koreena Rose says:

    I like minimalist fashion aka monochromes, because it gives me peace of mind. Loud and vibrant mixed-and-matched outfits sometimes clashes my mind.

  9. I always thought monochromes are boring. Like there’s no style essence or something. I’d like an outfit that burst with colors, bright and vibrant. Maybe I am not fit to wear monochromatic in this sense.

  10. Monochromatics are really my favored style. Sometimes, an all-black outfit is just what I need to be sure that I am not out of fashion. After all, you can never go wrong with black, right? At least in my case, I don’t look like a gothic girl when I wear monochrome black. A white purse against all the black always does the trick,

  11. I could tell the same thing about my fashion style when I was in college. Almost every single day, my outfit from head to toe would either be all-white or an all-beige ensemble. BUT I think I was able to pull it off because I always secure my waistline with a different colored belt and a large elaborate-designed buckle.