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.
Sweater // Plaid Sweater (on sale!) // Skirt: Theory (similar) // Booties // Vintage Handbag: Bally // Lipstick
Linking up with: Jennie // Rachel // Lauren // Heather // Adi & Jessica // Jolynne // Christie // Tara // Vicki //
Love the idea of the sweater/scarf… Fantastic combination and accent color… Great style… !!!!
Merci, JL! Loving the sweater scarf, too, especially because I’m always cold!
This is such a pretty monochrome look! Those booties are fabulous and I love the soft layers!
Doused In Pink
Thanks so much, Jill! The booties are definitely fun and I’m sure they’ll be in heavy rotation this season. Have a great weekend!
Mary you look beautiful! As I said on Insta, I think you did this better than I did. I love the different textures, and your scarf is the perfect finishing touch.
Straight A Style
First of all, thank you so much, Amy Ann! Secondly, I beg to differ. Your take on monochrome was far better than mine! But I will take your compliment and run with it ;) Have a wonderful weekend! xox-M
Beautiful! And those shoes…
I love greys! In fact, I wear grey cashmere sweaters on daily basis when I’m at home. Monochrome suits you very well, Mary! Beautiful pictures:)
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Perfect. Classy. Chic. Love everything about this look!
Girl, you are rocking in the monochrome look! It looks very comfy, cozy, & perfect for autumn. I love the slitted sweater. Too cute. :]
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This is the most beautiful monochromatic all-gray look I have ever seen. It is pure sophistication. Plus you are wearing my most favorite neutral. Your booties, sweater and scarf are all super gorgeous, Mary!
Have a great Halloween weekend! <3 Ada.
Great monochrome look – I love the different textures and the fun fringe on your booties. And the purse is a great pop of color!
This is one of the prettiest monochrome looks I’ve seen! The plaid sweater adds a special touch to the outfit. Have a nice weekend!
Such a clean beautiful look, those booties are perfect!
So luxe and chic! Love the pop of burgundy too!
Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday & we can’t wait to see what you’re wearing this week!
Mary, love this soft monochromatic look, it’s one of my favorite color schemes and you put it together in such a lovely and cozy way.
I am a huge fan of grey, I love the fringe booties and that scarf together!
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Thanks so much, Chelsea!
I love mixing textures when wearing a monochrome look so each piece stands out even though they are similar in color. Great styling