While the summer season is more chillaxed for most of us, fall is always revved up with a more frenetic energy. Work projects take off, school emails seem to come on the daily, and fall travel planning is in full effect.
On your busiest days, a shortcut to chic is a handy tool to have.
We say, let monochrome dressing enter the chat.
Why do we love it? Oh, let us count the ways.
For starters, it’s an easy way to look instantly pulled together. Even in comfy sweats, dressing in one color provides visual unity, which reads sophistication.
Then there’s the fact that it’s slimming—when you don’t break up your fit in color pieces, it creates a longer, leaner line (and that holds true whether you’re doing navy monochrome or bright red).
Finally, it’s a no-brainer styling-wise, because you avoid color clashing concerns and the “does-this-go-with-that” conundrum.
Our advice? Choose a color you love, that can mix and match with what’s in your wardrobe, and shop accordingly. Here’s our top styling tips:
For Work. When you’re not dressing in traditional suiting pieces (like a blazer), a monochrome look can be incredibly professional. The blue shade is vibrant but classic, as are the individual pieces. Think of it as the “new suit.”
For Daytime. There’s no denying the ease of navy blue, and we especially love the simplicity of the pieces here. This fit allows for skin to show up top (helps break the color up), and we love an espadrille for comfort and the hint of texture. Want arm coverage? Add a dark rinse denim jacket (same color family PLUS texture is a win).
Skirt: Boden ($102.00); Tank: Ralph Lauren ($78.00); Espadrilles: Castaner ($99.99); Bag: Ralph Lauren ($798.00); Sunglasses: Le Specs ($52.50); Cuff: Brilliant Earth ($695.00); Rings: Aureum ($240.00)
For Exercise. This is a great example of how monochrome can instantly elevate your athleisure fit—it looks more pulled together and is visually slimming, too. Olive green is coming in as a big fall color and is a great alternative to black.
For Casual. When dressing bright, monochrome can be a LOT. We say, ditch the rule book and look for colors that are tonally adjacent. The orange top here punctuates all the pink but is in the same shade family. Tie the sweater over your shoulders and pair it with white sneakers (with matching bright accents) to take the edge off.
For Nights Out. We love gray as a neutral, and adding silver is a chic (and on-trend) way to make it monochrome but a smidge special for a night out. Straight-leg jeans are an STS favorite, as it’s flattering on most body shapes, and we’ve offered two top options depending on how dressed you want to be. Curriculum night? Wear the tank with the sweater on top or tied around your shoulders. Date night with hubs? The blouse is stunning.
Jeans: Wit & Wisdom ($78.00) or Fidelity Denim ($228.00); Shirt: Cinq a Sept ($345.00); Tank: Zara ($29.90); Topper: Zara ($39.90); Mules: Journee Collection ($59.99); Bag: Cleobella ($398.00); Earrings: Anthropologie ($38.00)
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