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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Manic Monochromatic

While mixing patterns and colours is very doable and allows us more variation in our wardrobes, the focus of today's post is monochromatic style.  The benefit of monochromatic style is that the wearer typically looks neat and well put together.  This look becomes even more fun when we throw coloured tights into the mix.  With more denim and corduroy coming out in brighter colours, it's easier to coordinate monochromatic outfits.  During the winter months raisin, navy and red hues are more prevalent.  Last summer and the upcoming spring/summer season focused on nude and blush pinks.  When playing with monochromatic looks, add edge by wearing differing textures.  This is a great way to ensure that the minimalist nature of monochromatic fashion doesn't translate to boring.  Some other ways to add intrigue to a monochromatic ensemble is to choose pieces with structural details or top off with some statement jewelry.  Embellished or structured shoulders, asymmetrical hemlines, piping, etc.  If we aren't incorporating various patterns, these elements are another way to keep monochromatic outfits from looking drab.

Here are some runway examples of monochromatic style done marvelously!


This look even works when pairing various shades of denim (this look is my fave!)

One majorly affordable retailer is Forever 21, and putting together a monochromatic outfit using pieces found on their site is as easy as 1-2-3!

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