Monochrome Outfits

A monochrome outfit is a full dress combination (usually including headwear, purse, footwears, and other accessories) that uses only variations of a single color, usually differing only in lightness and darkness. Wikipedia

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I’ve recently seen many stylish monochrome outfits on celebrities, on television, and in person on strangers; this has inspired the topic for this week.

I’ve worn monochrome outfits but tend to stick to all-black ensembles. An all-black outfit is a go-to for me, and if you have a primarily black wardrobe, you can pack fewer items on a trip. However, I haven’t mastered packing fewer items because I add pops of color to my black outfits, and I overpack.

All black ensemble in Jackson Hole
This is one of the few times I tried monochrome many years ago.

I would like to attempt more monochrome outfits with different colors.

For Women: From InStyle, 20 Monochromatic Outfit Ideas That Prove One Color Is the Way to Go. “When it comes to style solutions that check every box — low-effort, fashion-forward, playful, and (preferably) comfortable — monochrome outfits continue to reign supreme. Although wearing one color head to toe was once considered a somewhat bold choice, the trend has evolved into a classic way of dressing, beloved by red carpet-going celebrities and sweatsuit-lovers alike.”


For men: from Outfit Trends, Monochrome Outfits for Men | 26 Ways to Wear Monochrome

An easy way to test the monochrome look is with activewear. I attended a yoga retreat earlier in the year, and one of the attendees wore several outfits in all one color; I loved her looks.

Sticking to a single color can make your comfiest clothes — such as an oversize sweatshirt and yoga pants — feel a bit more elevated. InStyle

The ReSet Bundle $117.00-$140.40. Girlfriend Collective
The Washed Hoodie in Stormy Blue $89.50 and jogger pants $29.97

For Women: From Hello!, Monochrome outfit ideas to pin to your style board. “Saturated brights have been dominating the runways recently, and legendary luxury house Valentino is one of the key players. Its instantly recognisable fuchsia pink shade has been worn head-to-toe by many famous faces, including the likes of ZendayaFlorence Pugh and Elsa Hosk.”


This outfit was made famous by her tweet from Venice. I loved everything about her post, including the Aperol Spritz!

From PureWow, Kate Middleton Worked Monochromatic Magic During Latest Outing with Prince William.


Buying a suit in a bold color is another way to start a monochrome look.

My Aunt Trish in blue suit.

Banana Republic has a nice suit collection in a variety of colors.

Pants $150, jacket $230. Banana Republic has 40% sale until 11/8.
Pant $200, jacket $400. 40% off until 11/8

Express has a nice selection on sale right now:

blazer $75, pants $88
pants $128, jacket $298

For men and women: From USA Today, 11 retailers to shop for monochromatic and one-color outfits



Once you start looking to color-match your tops and bottoms from Madewell, you’ll notice that it’s not that hard. The brand has items that are made to pair, like the (Re)sourced Cashmere Crop for $78 and (Re)sourced Cashmere Carlyn Sweater Pants for $129.99—both available in black and oat. You may also coordinate standalone items at the retailer, like a midi skirt and cardigan. You can grab items from Madewell in men’s sizes XS to XL and women’s sizes XXS to XXL.



Tentree, a brand that plants 10 trees for every item sold (get it?), is another one that makes neutral essentials, like sweats, hoodies and outerwear styles, in men’s, women’s and kids’ sizes. That means not only can you find a monochrome outfit at Tentree—you can also match that outfit with your partner, friends or children. As we head into the cooler seasons, consider its fleece collection, with pieces costing from $30 to $78, to keep you warm. Tentree is also a B-Corporation and Climate Neutral company, which are both third-party certifications confirming the eco-friendly and ethical efforts Tentree claims. Shop its styles in men’s sizes S to XXL, women’s XS to XL and kids’ sizes 1T to 5T.

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