How To Wear - November 16, 2021

How to Wear a Monochromatic Outfit

Brighton Butler wearing White House Black Market purple patent pants with purple sweater and pumps

Monochromatic looks have had their moment over the past few years, and though they’re not necessarily a trend right now, I think there’s something so effortlessly chic about them. It’s no secret I love to wear monochromatic outfits either. Remember this all navy look I shared back in 2017? And let’s not forget either of these all-white winter looks here and here.

It may seem like putting together a same-color look is super simple (duh, just grab pieces with the same color, right?), but it can actually be tricky. So I thought I’d share a few simple tips that can make styling a monochromatic look a breeze.

CHOOSE YOUR COLOR

When it comes to selecting a color scheme for your look, there really is no way to go wrong. I try to think about colors that I usually wear (like black, white, brown) but I also think it can be fun to play with trendy or seasonal colors like this gorgeous plum. It is a good idea to opt for colors that work well with your skin tone. For instance, if you have a more fair complexion and blonde hair, black may be too harsh but a navy color could be perfect.

MIX IN TEXTURES

One of my favorite parts about styling a monochromatic look is choosing where to add in texture. Play around with mixing and matching leather, cotton, suede, velvet, sequins, and satin to add some dimension to your outfit. For this look, I chose a chunky cable pullover for some much-needed interest. Paired with these coated skinny jeans, it’s the perfect texture combo.

ADD IN POPS OF COLOR

This isn’t a must, but it’s nice to mix in a more colorful item or accessory that can really pop against your same-color outfit. I opted for my peach quilted Chanel bag because it adds some color and texture to this look. You could also wear some playful shoes, a bright belt, or even a scarf that can add a little je ne sais quoi to your look.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT BEING SPOT ON

It’s easy to stress about matching the various pieces of your outfit perfectly but don’t worry about making sure everything is the exact same color. You can see here that the sweater and jeans I’m wearing are even two different colors (one is Black Cherry and the other is Plum). The idea is to have them similar enough that at a glance they look the same but don’t sweat the small stuff if they’re not spot on!

I hope this gives you some inspiration to try the monochromatic look yourself. If you do try it, be sure to tag me on IG so I can see!

Outfit Details: Sweater // Coated Jeans // Patent Pumps // Sunglasses // Bracelets

 

Brighton Butler wearing White House Black Market purple patent pants with purple sweater and pumps
Brighton Butler wearing White House Black Market purple patent pants with purple sweater and pumps