by Walter Thulin
Wearing monochrome can be difficult – I’ve struggled myself. As fall continues, however, monochrome will become more and more of a staple. Wearing monochrome doesn’t need to be a hassle. There are just several simple rules to follow!
If the hues are supposed to match, make sure they match. If they don’t, the contrast should be large enough to notice.
Here, the collar and cuffs contrast enough against the sweater to stand out. Meanwhile, the sweater and the cuffed chinos match in hue, allowing the eyes to move between both without visually stuck. Finally, the varying texture between the sweater, the pants, the cuffs and the collar keeps attention focused on the torso instead of on the brighter hues.
Breaking Up Continuous Hues
Wearing all one color can be boring. Yet, monochrome does act as an excellent canvas. Monochromatic designs can showcase different textures, singular pops of color, or interesting design features (such as the one above!). If you have a textured sweater or a colorful scarf, a monochromatic outfit can be the perfect way to illustrate those items.
Small Hue Variations
Small hue variations can be difficult to pull off. Oftentimes it looks as if shades are supposed to match but are barely off. An easy way around this issue is to slightly vary color. Pairing a darker navy-black sweater or shirt with dark navy pants and blacker shoes allows for slight variation that looks intentional.