Monochromatic dressing has got to be one of the oldest tricks in the style book. When it’s done right, the monochrome trend can help you pull together a polished look that doesn’t have to look boring or one-dimensional. In fact, it’s one of fashion maven Kim Kardashian’s tricks of the trade—among countless other celebrity and style icons.
The common misconception associated with one-color outfits is that they look flat. This can certainly be a problem if you’re trying so hard to match all of your same-color separates (think a black t-shirt and black pants that just don’t quite fit together), which is why textures and varying shades of the hue are important.
Pairing a heavy summer suede coat with a sheer shirt, even if they are the same shade, can add dimension. If you’re anchoring the look with a hero piece like a beige trench coat or bag, then play up the color story and mix-in hues of brown and white in form of accessories like berets or sunglasses, the way Pernille Teisbaek does above. This “color palette” approach to monochromatic dressing will add more depth to your ensembles, and will open up your options, too.