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Her monochromatic style guide: Black, white and cream

Woman in black pants and silver boyfriend jacket over black top

You may feel bland when you slip on your simple black-and-white dress, but you’ll look anything but that. The monochromatic fashion trend is classic: It’s sleek, sophisticated and flexible, and will never go out of style.

Here’s how to look effortlessly chic in your basic shades (that really aren’t so basic):

Add depth

To spice up your monochromatic look, try layering different pieces of varied textures, adding depth and dimension to your outfit. Incorporating different fabrics and textures into your ensemble will give you a more interesting look and won’t make dressing head to toe in one color seem so simple. Spring is approaching, so get ready to pull out your lace and linen to achieve this textured look.

To accentuate your upper body, go with a darker hue on the bottom, working your way up with a lighter and brighter shade that is in the same color family. Top it off with a draped sweater or textured scarf.

Gray Boyfriend Blazer
Boyfriend Blazer from Monroe and Main

White out

For a breezy and cool spring look, go for white on white. If you have long legs and carry your weight above the waist, consider pairing white skinny jeans with a white blouse. Throw on a blended white and cream faux-fur vest, drawing attention to a lean lower body and adding in that bit of texture.

White tailored jackets and pants are another great way to achieve this white-on-white look: They are clean and sleek, and they perfectly outline your silhouette. Metallic shades can also break up this look while still giving off the monochromatic vibes you’re going for. Slip on a pair of metallic silver pants, and pair them with a white cotton tank or blouse. Or, try a white tailored blouse to complete this chic look. Metallic counts for texture, too!

All black everything

It’s important to vary the fabrics and textures if you’re going for an all-black ensemble. Steer clear of dressing in an all-black cotton outfit. Instead, stick with silk and linen during the warmer months and wool in the winter.

Take advantage of the fact that black is slimming, so you can wear something that is more formfitting rather than shapeless.

Women's Black Jumpsuit
Make a Statement Jumpsuit from Monroe and Main

Cream dream

Cream is a great color to wear when going after the monochromatic look, as this shade gives off a softer vibe than bright white and isn’t as intense as wearing all black. Once spring has sprung, go for a long lacy skirt paired with a light-material, cream sweater top. Keep your look neutral, but add a bit of fun with a textured metallic clutch and nude heels. A tuxedo jacket with a milky hue paired with cream silk pants is the perfect outfit to wear to work on a sunny yet chilly spring day.

Cream is also a good way to go if you’re a “No white before Memorial Day” kind of gal.

Clever matching

Monochromatic dressing can be a fun way to mix colors without wearing an outfit that comes off as too matchy-matchy. Experiment with different shades of black by going with a dark black pencil skirt on the bottom paired with a lighter black blouse on top. To finish off your look, slip on a cream blazer to lighten up the dark hues a bit while still sticking with the monochromatic color scheme.

Silver Boyfriend Jacket
Silver Boyfriend Jacket

Make a statement

To make your monochromatic look pop, accessorize by incorporating a statement necklace in a contrasting color. Gold jewelry and onyx gemstones look beautiful when paired with a sleek black or dazzling white outfit. Add some glam with metallic jewelry or clutches.

No matter your shape or style, the monochromatic theme will always look sharp, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Wearing a single shade is simple and clean but can be just as striking as wearing vivid colors or bold patterns.

Comments (4)

Grender Adotey

This was very helpful. Thank you!

Rene White

I like it !!..I have the boyfriend jacket and a beautiful statement necklace that I wasn’t sure how to wear,but now I no how to wear them both ! Thank you !!!

Monroe and Main

So happy we were able to show you, Rene!

Lillian reed

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Published on Feb 29 2016

Last Updated on Oct 04 2018

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