What is a monochromatic outfit? It starts off with you feeling especially lazy on a particular day and then deciding that you are not going to mix and match your clothes, but you’re just going to wear one color block for that day.
Basically, modelling your entire outfit after one colour is known as monochromatic. Black is usually the easiest and the first that many people start off with. In this article, I am going to be giving you 10 tips on how to wear monochromatic outfits!
People usually start off with a dark colour, like black or blue or grey, as they are safe colours to wear in blocks.
You won’t get that many stares if you go out in all back than you would if you go out in neon yellow, or in any similar eye-catching colour.
Monochromatic can have two meanings: one is to wear only one colour block or its shade in the entirety of your outfit; and two, it can be two contrasting colours like black and white which form the entirety of your outfit.
Now, why do you need to wear monochromatic? It is cleaner, simpler, more elegant, and just looks better overall.
Imagine this; a black t-shirt, black jeans, black jacket, and black socks and black shoes. It’s a killer look! Unless you’re going to rob an empty house; then it is not cool at all.
So let’s get into the article itself! Here are some tips for you on how to wear monochromatic outfits!
Now, everybody has no problem wearing all black, because it makes you look slimmer than before. It is naturally slimming, even though everybody (read our parents) have told us not to wear black.
It looks elegant as well, and looks clean and neat. More and more people have started going for monochromatic outfits, and it is catching on in the general public as well.
But what you need to remember is that you need to keep it clean. Whites must be white, and not a dull white, or whatever. Whites must be crisp and bright, and not dull.
Similarly, blacks must be black, and not faded or frayed, and should most definitely not be greying!
You must be thinking that if you go monochromatic, then it must be the same shade of the colour throughout your outfit.
But that is the beauty of monochromatic outfits. You don’t have to put the same shade of the colour throughout. It can be shades.
One example is when you choose the colour blue. It can be light blue on top, then it can become darker as it progresses downwards.
Another thing that you can do is to choose a light blue top, and then a dark denim jacket and a dark blue jeans or chinos. Finish off the look with dark blue or light boat shoes, and you’re good to go.
Keep in mind that everything you wear needs to be of the same colour. This includes your accessories like watches, bags, etc.
Monochromatic outfits can vary a whole lot during the different seasons, and it is with good reason why.
Seasonal variation is another thing that you need to keep in mind. Wear darker colours during the summer, and lighter colours during the summer. Why? It is because of two reasons.
One is that you need to wear lighter colours during the summer so that the excess heat during the summer doesn’t affect your body. The lighter colours reflect the heat and keeps you cool. Its elementary physics, people.
Darker colours during the winter makes more sense because the darker colours help in retaining body heat and also help in absorbing heat from the surroundings.
Plus, summer has this whole feeling of being bright and airy, and darker colours just don’t set the whole ensemble off like brighter colours do.
And have you ever seen anybody wear bright colours like bright red or yellow or turquoise during the winter? No! It is all dark and dreary colours.
It’s a combination of physics and aesthetics which are the reason why you should choose the darker colours during winter and the lighter colours during summer.
A black knitted sweater is something that every guy should have in his wardrobe. It is the perfect companion for anything formal or casual, and it can go with jeans and a t-shirt as well as it goes with a formal pant and a shirt.
It is perfect to be worn whenever there is a chill in the air, and it can be paired with almost anything.
Another piece of clothing that you can try is a black leather jacket. It is another versatile outerwear that you can mix and match with a cotton t-shirt and jeans.
You can change the texture from cotton to suede, or satin or silk, or anything you want. But keep in mind that it should complement whatever you wear.
Try different bottom wear textures like corduroy, suede, denim, cotton, khakis, etc.
Keeping different textures makes sure that your monochromatic outfits don’t look flat, and make sure to add some oomph, and makes you stand out from all other people with monochromatic outfits on.
Now this is an integral part of all your monochromatic outfits, and it is not one to be neglected.
What is monochrome? It is either keeping one colour block throughout the whole ensemble, or keeping two contrasting colours throughout the whole ensemble.
Now, a very good example of this is a full black ensemble, from your top, bottom, socks and shoes. It is very easy to start off with and it doesn’t need a lot of delicacy.
What matters is when you start choosing different colour palettes, like blue, red, yellow, green, etc.
Choosing something like a dark colour of you are fair and a light colour if you are of a darker skin tone is one of the essential parts of pulling off monochromatic outfits.
Choosing a light blue for the top, then progressing to darker colours as you go lower is one of the best ways to garner attention to your face if you are dark complexioned.
Do the opposite if you are fair skinned. Start with a dark tone on the top, and progress to lighter tones as you go lower.
One of the best ways to do this is by removing whatever you own out onto your bed, then you start the process of mixing and matching everything
This can take some serious time, so keep in mind about the end result and have patience.
Another thing that you can do is wear contrasting colours, and one of the best colours to use to contrast is black or white. For example, a red top, white chinos, and red sneakers. You can interchange black with white very easily.
Another way to go full monochromatic is shades of light blue, or shades of red, or shades of grey, or shades of brown.
But again, this is an extremely important point, see whether it complements your skin tone or not. It should complement your skin as well as your hair, and it should help in bringing out the colour of your eyes as well, if you can manage it.
This can be achieved with a few Indian outfits as well, like kurtas, sherwanis, etc. You need to be patient and choose.
6.Add patterns to make it more funky
Add stripes and chequered patterns to make it funkier and more appealing to the eye. All you need to make sure is that the stripes and the rest of your outfit are the same colour.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to make one of the stripes white. Then you can pair it with something white in your arsenal.
One example can be a white and blue striped tee, paired with either white pants or a blue jeans. And then a denim jacket to add to the overall monochrome look.
Checks can be another fun pattern to add to the whole look. But keep in mind that the pattern should be just comprising of two colours. Not more. This is keeping in mind the whole monochromatic look, so make sure that the colour pattern is something that you can match.
Another example is yellow and black checks, which can be paired with black jeans, black sneakers and a black leather jacket. This would look very cool.
Another pattern you can try is the swirly pattern. It looks very funky, and it can add a joker-ish twist to your entire ensemble.
Basically, keep in mind that any pattern you are going to try out needs to be a dual tone, and you need to match the rest of your outfit with one of the two colours present in the dual tone.
So go ahead and make your monochromatic outfits funky, but don’t make it outrageous and gaudy.
7.Casual monochromatic look
This is something that you can wear every day, and it requires almost none to very less preparation on your part.
Wear something like a black and white striped t-shirt, with black pants, and white sneakers, and you will set of the whole monochromatic outfit look.
Another style that you can try is wearing a solid light blue t-shirt, blue jeans, and blue sneakers. You can add a denim jacket to the whole ensemble and it will probably be one of the best monochromatic outfits out there.
Another idea is the full black outfit. Black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers. Go full Goth and get a full emo look.
It is somewhat outdated, yes, but just don’t wear eyeliner or any bracelets, and you can add an elegance to the whole look.
Wearing full white is somewhat difficult for most people, because one, it is difficult to maintain, and two, very few people can pull off the full white look (except for Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty).
Another idea is wearing shades of brown, like a light brown shirt, a darker brown pair of pants, and dark brown leather sneakers. It is something that you cannot go wrong with, and it gives you a nature-y vibe as well.
Pair your casual outfit with a blue blazer, denim jacket, or leather jackets of different colours can help in achieving the monochromatic look.
You can try reds as well; a red striped t-shirt, white or black pants, maroon, white or black sneakers and a red faux leather jacket can go a long way in making you look cool.
8.Formal monochromatic look
Now this is somewhat easier than a casual outfit. Formal outfits usually are just comprised of two colours, and so are monochromatic on their own.
Suits and tuxedoes are usually comprised only of one colour. But what is important is choosing the right colour.
Now, you can go safe and pair a black suit with a white shirt. But that is so bloody common, and it won’t make you stand out.
What you can do is get a silver or grey suit, and pair it with a black shirt and a silver or grey tie. And don’t forget the black shoes. You cannot go wrong with this ensemble. It achieves two things; one, it fulfils your want for a monochromatic outfit, and two, it makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Another route you can go is the full white suit, but I find that to be a bit tacky, and it not everybody can pull that look off.
But if you are determined to go with the full white suit, do not get it if you are pale skinned. You will just look like a giant human shaped milk chocolate bar.
That is not something that anybody wants to go for. Get a bit tanned, then get it. Pair it with a black or white shirt (you cannot go wrong with either of them) and black shoes.
Make sure that the piping of the suit is black, so that the black shoes have some aspect reflected in the suit.
You can go for a blue blazer, blue jeans, light blue shirt and blue sneakers. You would look semi-formal in this outfit, and blue is another of those colours that most people can pull off.
Or you can go the safe route and put on a black suit with a white shirt and black shoes, and you can either wear a tie or not wear one. It is up to you.
Monochromatic outfits in formal attire are much easier to arrange when compared to casual attire, and now that you know the how-to for both of them, you can make up your own wardrobe and mix and match your items of clothing.
As I was saying before, monochromatic outfits does not mean that your entire outfit has to be in one single colour.
It can also include dual tone colours, like black and red, white and red, black and blue, black and white, white and blue, and so on and on.
What matters is that the outfit should comprise ONLY those two colours. Nothing more. So even if you get a striped or chequered shirt, the stripes or checks have to be only two colours, and the rest of your outfit should be modelled after only those two colours in the palette.
One example, as given before, is a white and blue striped shirt. Now, you have to follow only those two colours in your entire outfit, if you want to keep it monochromatic. One way to do that would be blue jeans and white sneakers.
Another main point to keep in mind is that the colours should be contrasting. One should be a light colour and the other should be a dark colour.
An example is dark green and white. Or red and white, sky blue and black. or white and black. I can go on and on, but it would sort of make it redundant, and I am nearing my word limit for this article, so I’ll stop here.
10.Jackets and coats
This is one of those items of clothing that can make or break your entire outfit.
Try not to go for those long overcoats that pretty much hides your entire outfit, otherwise there won’t be any point in you taking all the time to fix up one of your monochromatic outfits.
Also, keep the coats of a different texture than the rest of your clothes, otherwise your whole outfit would seem to blend into one, and that is not what you’re going for at all.
Get faux leather jackets instead of the expensive leather jackets; no one would be able to make out the difference between the two, and it’ll be a huge load off your wallet. You’ll thank me later, I can guarantee that.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
So yeah, I think I have covered all of it. All the know-hows and the do’s and don’ts of keeping a wardrobe stocked with the best monochromatic outfits that you can afford are in the article.
You just need to find the patience and the willingness to actually sort your wardrobe out and make an effort to get items of clothing that will complement a particular monochromatic outfit.
Yes, it does need time and money, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter, because the end result is worth it. So happy monochromatising!
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