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Monochrome Dressing: 4 Colorful Outfits to Try


Monochrome yellow outfits on the runways at Fashion Week
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Think outfits using only one color are boring? Think again!

Though mixing different colors and prints often makes for exciting, inspired looks (well, when it’s done correctly anyway!) sticking to one color and playing with different shades can likewise be tons of fun – and surprisingly challenging!

Below, I’ve put together four monochrome outfits that are anything but dull. Ready to rock the single-color look? here’s how to do it!


Monochrome pink outfit: Loafers, clutch sweater, button-down, jeans

Pink is a fun color to play around with in your outfits, but it’s also so easy to get it wrong – you don’t want to end up looking like a giant stick of cotton candy! Pair some hot pink flats with trendy¬†pink skinny jeans and a muted rose sweater for a look that’s pink and girly without being too overbearing. Finish with a leather belt, pink clutch and light cotton candy coat. This outfit is the perfect way to brighten up an otherwise dreary winter day.


Monochrome yellow outfit: Top, skirt, platforms and clutch

Yellow can be somewhat tricky to pull off, but this outfit gets it right, combining a mustard bandage skirt with a loose, lemon top and wooden-heeled wedges. This yellow ensemble is perfect for a night on the town, whether it’s for a dinner date or an evening spent dancing. (Wedges will help keep foot pain to a minimum!)


Monochrome purple outfit: Pants, plaid shirt, blazer, boots, tote bag

Who doesn’t love purple, especially in fall? This purple ensemble is the perfect go-to outfit when you’re running to class on a chilly fall day and you want to look comfortable, yet put together: leggings, an oversized top and a blazer! Add a ’90s touch with a pair of Doc Martens.


Monochrome blue outfit: Dress, trench, shoes, bag

Blue is an easy one – there are so many great shades that all go amazingly well together! Avoid taking the easy way out and forgo blue denim, and instead opt for something a little more unusual! Pair a navy trench with a powder blue collared dress, oxfords and thigh-highs for a super-feminine take on the schoolboy look.

What do you think?

Is monochrome dressing something you’ve tried? If not, are you willing to try it out? What color(s) are you planning on playing around with? Are these outfits something you’d wear, or do you think they’re just great examples of too much of a good thing? Let us know!

Posted on on October 21, 2011 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , ,

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22 Responses to “Monochrome Dressing: 4 Colorful Outfits to Try”

  1. 1
    October 21st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Oh! What an interesting idea! I never think to try monochromatic outfits!

  2. 2
    October 21st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I love the coats in the 1st, 3rd and 4th outfits! I hate yellow, but I love the other ones!

  3. 3
    October 21st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    omg i love the blue outfit! very alexa chung, the dress is adorable. i only wish it wasnt $190 :(

  4. 4
    October 21st, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I live in monochromatic gray. The shades of gray are endless!

  5. 5
    October 21st, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I love the idea of monochromatic outfits however I never know how to put them together without sticking to grays and blacks. I love how this post uses color as I am trying to incorporate more color in my wardrobe the pink and yellow idea are totally cute I am definitively using these for inspiration. Love the post.

  6. 6
    October 21st, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I love all of these! :)

    I’ve done a monochrome outfit in red before, but I think I definitely want to try blue, yellow, and pink. :)

  7. 7
    October 22nd, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Wow that yellow ensemble is really something,… but I’m definitely up for the purple or blue one! Lovely :)

  8. 8
    October 22nd, 2011 at 2:36 am

    True. Some people like my mum feel it’s boring but it can look nice. I love all the outfits you put together. The trick is mixing different shades of a color together.

  9. 9
    October 22nd, 2011 at 7:38 am

    the blue is the best :-) not sure that i have tried monochrome dressing (consciously) before! think i’ve done all black maybe one time, but not properly! may try it some time :-)

  10. 10
    October 22nd, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I really like the blue and purple outfits, I’m not sure I could pull off a monochromatic look in any of the other colors though.

  11. 11
    October 22nd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I love all of these! Monochrome is scary to most people because it can look 1-note, but using different textures and shades of the same color, like you did here, makes it look cool and beautiful!

  12. 12
    October 22nd, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    The whole one color look is pretty daunting — especially in bright colors like yellow and pink, but I think the purple and blue looks are more approachable and down to earth. I would totally try it out and snap up that blue Rebecca Minkoff bag!

  13. 13
    October 22nd, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I love the pink and yellow! So cute!

  14. 14
    October 22nd, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I love the pink and the purple! I will have to try these sometime :)

  15. 15
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    This looks has been around for a few seasons now. I absolutely love monochrome dressing, even though when I wear this look I sometimes feel a little silly.


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