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Fashion Challenge: Wear a Monochromatic Outfit


Monochromatic outfits

The last few fashion challenges have been all about unexpected contrast–mixing bright colors, incorporating guy’s clothing into your wardrobe, and mixing two different styles together. This week’s challenge takes the opposite approach!

When worn with style, a monochromatic outfit, i.e. an outfit comprised of only one color can be both unexpected and fashion-forward. It might seem tough to pull off, but I promise it’s easier than it looks! If nothing else, rocking a single shade will make you look at your wardrobe with fresh eyes and help you see new clothing combinations that you never would have thought of otherwise. So pick your favorite color and let’s get going!

Tips and Tricks for Rocking a Monochromatic Outfit

  • Look for contrast within the same hue. Mix navy and sky blue, army and lime green, or goldenrod and light yellow to get the monochromatic look without resembling a crayon!
  • Stay away from neutrals. Rocking an outfit made entirely of black, white, or another neutral is hardly a challenge! Push your style boundaries and try something daring.
  • Create contrast with textures. Mix satin with sequins or cotton with suede to add interest.
  • Stay away from pairing shades that are too similar. If the colors of your top and bottom are just a little bit off from each other, it will look like your outfit is accidentally clashing rather than intentionally monochromatic.
  • Try it with denim. If you want a more tame way to rock this challenge, try wearing a blue top, blue shoes, and blue accessories with your favorite pair of jeans.
  • As always, wear with confidence! Because, after all, your attitude and aura can make or break any outfit. :)

Outfit Inspiration

1. Green with Envy

Green outfit

Shorts, Top, Shoes, Cuff, Ring

For this look, start with boyish pair of army green cargo shorts. Pair them with a lighter green tank top, and slip on a pair of army green flats. Add some pizazz with a green studded cuff and a blingy emerald cocktail ring for a look that will make your friends green with envy!

2. I’ve Got the Blues

Blue outfit

Dress, Shoes, Necklace, Headband

This ensemble is perfect for a night on the town! This sexy dress is right on trend and promises to turn heads. Throw on a pair of navy blue suede heels and a sequined navy bow headband to spice it up even more. Finish with layers of turquoise beads around your neck.

3. Pretty in Pink

Pink outfit

Skirt, Top, Shoes, Necklace, Ring

Start with a loose pink tank top, and tuck it into a high-waisted darker pink skirt. Add interest with a girly necklace and ring. Finish off with the standout part of this outfit, the shoes! (Who knew animal print and a bow could work so nicely together?) This look is perfect for a fun night out with your girlfriends.

Took the Challenge? Send in Photos & Get Featured Here!

Now that you’re inspired, we want you to take the challenge and send us photos of your challenge outfit! Be an inspiration to other CF readers (and get a little taste of fame) by sending us your pics!

To see your challenge pics here (along with a blurb about you and a link to your blog, if you have one), take some photos of you rocking monochrome, and attach them in an email to fashionchallenge AT with your name, school, blog link, and a description of what you’re wearing. (See examples here and here!)

Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

What Do You Think?

Have you worn a monochromatic outfit before? How do you keep it looking chic? Will you be rocking this challenge, or do you think it’s a major fashion faux pas? What challenges would you like to see in the future? Sound off in the comments!

Posted on on August 26, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , ,

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24 Responses to “Fashion Challenge: Wear a Monochromatic Outfit”

  1. 1
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    My only question for you is, you say not to wear neutrals… and yet you pictured a model all in nude/tan/khaki (however you see it) at the very top…. bad? Good? Does nude not count as a neutral anymore?

    Besides that LOVE LVOE LOVE the blue outfit – once again, you people’s shoe picks are always hot.

  2. 2
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    This series is one of my absolute favourites- i always look forward to reading it.
    I think this is one of the best yet because this is a real challenge!!
    When I fist started reading I thought “ooh this is a little out-there” but now I feel really inspired.
    I really love the blue outfit and the pink outfit. I will definitely be trying this one out.
    Really, really inspiring- thank you!!
    Keep up the great work.

    Charlotte xxx

  3. 3
    August 26th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    i agree with lizzy. i like the first outfit, esp. the shoes. i like the second outfit…i think it would look great with blacks and silvers/grays. the third outfit i think would make you look a little too much like a pepto bismol bottle.

  4. 4
    August 26th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I showed my daughter this post–monochromatic dressing is her favorite!

    Some very neat ideas–and a reminder that different hues of the same color (unless they are polyester pants and a tacky, too-tight t-shirt) can be lovely!

  5. 5
    August 26th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    @Lizzy and kd : haha, good call!! I pair neutrals together all the time…I especially wore a lot of black on black! The reason i suggested doing a color instead was because wearing all black or white or tan is too easy! Anyone can throw on a business suit all in one color, but it takes a true fashionista to push boundaries and wear all one color from the rainbow. I should have clarified, wearing neutrals together looks awesome (duhh!!)

  6. 6
    August 26th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    i love the sample outfits, but the pictures of people wearing monochromatic outfits are all sort of bad examples. i wouldn’t mind wearing the same color as long as i didn’t end up looking like that.

  7. 7
    August 26th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    love the necklace in the second outfit! but the website says the necklace is unavailable =[

  8. 8
    August 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Haha thanks for clarifying Chelsea! I actually liked the nude suit (and nude, honestly, is becoming really popular – everyone is talking/looking for nude heels), I just got a bit confused.

    I’ve gotten so many amazing ideas for the Fall now just from CF and I can’t wait to cut through my wardrobe (been living in boxes all summer) to really see what I can do! Thanks again!

  9. 9
    August 26th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, this should be really easy. I wear monochromatic blue all the time. (My brother remarks on how I’m having a “blue day”) I used to almost only wear blue, and now I’m trying to branch out more. I like the green outfit the most, the blue was okay, I’m not wild about the dress.

  10. 10
    August 26th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I’m so happy you did an article on this because I’ve been wondering how to make a monochromatic outfit that doesn’t look crazy. These are great tips, thanks!

  11. 11
    August 27th, 2010 at 4:15 am

    i never liked this idea
    but u changed my mind……colours from the same family can make an outfit if u worek it

  12. 12
    August 27th, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Great post ! I like the colors you show above, especially the pink color, so cute.
    I have a pink miumiu bag. I think it fits the pink dress very well.

  13. 13
    August 27th, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Yes, if the color is black :) Nice post!

  14. 14
    August 28th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Love, love, love this challenge idea!

  15. 15
    August 30th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    hard challenge, but i’m inspired!

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