STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Monochromatic Maven

Color is a huge factor in day-to-day wardrobe decision making. For those with less styling experience, it can be one of the first things that catches their eye in a store. Someone could be wearing an on-trend outfit with the perfect silhouette for their body and rocking accessories, but if the colors don’t coordinate, the look can be ruined. Color is what leads to a mismatched mess or a fashion success.

We have plenty of basic rules when it comes to color: no white after Labor Day, no mixing black and brown or black and navy blue. These slightly out of date rules can limit what we think we can get away with and make more timid Fashionistas/os afraid to push the boundaries to test new trends. In my opinion, this is a crime to fashion, stopping the creative flow and limiting the possibilities of our closets. In reality if outfit choices are well thought out, almost any color combination can be a success.

This Fashionista made the bold choice of having a monochromatic outfit. While some may think, “That’s easy! It’s all matching, right?!” they are sorely mistaken. After all, you don’t want to end up looking like you jumped out of Yo Gabba Gabba. The secret to an outfit of all one color is variety. For instance, this Fashionista chose to wear a paisley sheath dress and paired it with solid green pants. The pairing of pattern with simple color gave the look balance and somewhere for the eye to land. Her best choice for the outfit, however, is how she accessorized. The pop of color in her yellow satchel gives the perfect contrast, allowing the green to avoid being overwhelming. She also added metallic accessories, a nice neutral balance to the amount of color in the outfit.

While this Fashionista chose a patterned dress with plain pants, it could also be fun to switch it up by having printed leggings instead. It is really all about the mixture of different textures and shades. Don’t like pattern? Try color-blocking by wearing two solid pieces in varying shades of the same color. You can even mix patterns by experimenting with large and small prints. The key is to have one busy piece and the rest of the outfit based on simplicity. Don’t forget to include a few contrasting accessories to give the viewer a break from your fun color palate.

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