Going monochrome can either leave you looking chic or like you’re heading out the door to do a little trick or treating. (Couldn’t resist that one on this eve of Halloween :) ) Looking like you’re wearing a costume usually happens when you’re sporting way too much color (bright yellow or hot pink, for instance) without the right accessories. Since I typically gravitate towards neutrals, I thought I’d use one of my favorite hues – grey – to illustrate how to do monochrome in an elegant, understated way.
Tones, Textures and Patterns
I’ve used several different shades of grey in my look today and added pieces like a nubby, ribbed turtleneck sweater and a grey plaid sweater scarf. Playing with patterns, textures and hues can make the overall outfit more visually interesting.
When doing monochrome it’s important to introduce at least one other complimentary color. I’ve added a cognac saddle bag which, along with my plaid sweater scarf, adds just enough contrast. And speaking of my sweater scarf…
It’s always fun to include at least one little twist to your look that makes it uniquely yours. In my case, I reinvented a plaid, Banana Republic sweater (here) by knotting it around my neck and turning it into a blanket scarf. Chic and warm – you can’t beat that combo, especially when the cold, Chicago winds are blowing.
Wishing you a wonderful, safe weekend, wherever in the world you happen to be. Make it a good one! xox-M.