All-black-everything has always been fashion’s most dynamic look. It can scream subtle and bold, mysterious and uniform, effortless and polished all in the same second. At least once a year, the fashion world proclaims a new black, recently it’s millennial pink, a shade that continues to hang around long past its welcome.
Monochromatic looks are not a new style concept, but with the mainstream embrace of streetwear-inspired tracksuits and jumpsuits, the classy all navy, all black, all white, all safe looks have evolved into a look that’s more streamlined and playful.
It’s also a perfect ensemble for city dwellers, and is a favorite among street style photographers because it makes for a punchy, eye-catching story that pops against the backdrop of dreary streets and buildings.
And though the concept is rooted in coordination, the key to pulling off monochromatic style is avoiding Garanimal levels of matchy matchiness, instead incorporating contrasting textures and slightly different shades of the same red or purple to add depth and individuality. In addition to separates, the brightly-colored faux furs and fuzzy fleece jackets that are very much of the moment are a perfect way to finish the look–take advantage!
Shoes and accessories are your chance to step out and make a contrasting statement. White shoes and boots are not only very popular at the moment, but also a great offset to a monochromatic look. I’m partial to transparent bags and brightly colored transparent lenses on the shades. You have a ton of options!
Check out some samples of monochromatic outfits via some of the most stylish in the game, along with a shopping guide for each color story.
Note: our store has been updated with all the items featured in the story and you can check that out here.
By Rae Witte
Gucci SoHo shoulder bag: $1,190
Pleasures Anger Is an Energy hoodie: $85
Off-White For Your Eyes Only sunglasses: $455
Nike VaporMax Anthracite Flyknit moc: $200
Acne Studios Myrja leather trousers: $1,750
Burberry vintage check PVC large shopper: $1,871
Carhartt WIP Hamilton brown overalls: $188
Eckhaus Latta cropped hoodie: $275
I.Am.Gia Pixie coat: $85
Air Jordan 12 Vachetta Tan sneakers: $190 (launching March 23, 2018)
George Keburia pearl white sunglasses: $200
Susan Alexandra beaded “Cherie” bag: $265
Esprit by Opening Ceremony flared printed trousers: $58
Just Female “Ane” Kentucky blue neck blouse: $65
Nike Epic React Flyknit white/racer blue/pink blast sneakers: $150
Stutterheim Stockholm frame blue fog raincoat: $325
Takesh Eyewear “Jadore” pink-pink sunglasses: $169
Miaou yellow plaid Raquel top: $195
Miaou yellow plaid Morgan trousers: $375
Poppy Lissiman Le Skinny black sunglasses: $98
Ganni Fenn lemon wrap coat: $350
Loewe two-tone leather pouch: $750
Off-White “For Walking” white ankle boots: $1,296