How to Rock a Monochromatic Outfit

CAROLYN ARENTSON

A monochromatic outfit is a look made up of one color or shades of the same color. But don’t worry, it’s anything but boring when done right! This type of outfit challenges you to get creative instead of wearing the same fall back look every day. Not only that, but it allows you to show off your favorite color as well.

I like the sleekness of one color in a look, but it’s totally doable with different shades as well.

Love color too much to just stick to one? You can add some personality to your monochromatic outfit by adding in a statement piece…like this scarf! I usually don’t wear a lot of colors and it’s not that I don’t know how to mix them, it’s just that sometimes I don’t want to.  But I like the punch this scarf added to this look.

Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, walking down a flight of stairs wearing a monochromatic outfit of different blue tones. A dark blue skirt and a light blue sweater, styled with a bright yellow fur scarf.

If you love patterns, feel free to get a little adventurous and mix those in there too.

If the thought of putting together an outfit from scratch seems too daunting right now, dip your toes in the water by getting a suit set in a bold color! Not only are they trending, but it takes all the guesswork of color matching out of it for you.

Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different blue tones. A dark blue skirt and a light blue sweater, styled with a bright yellow fur scarf.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different blue tones. A dark blue skirt and a light blue sweater.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different blue tones. A dark blue skirt and a light blue sweater, styled with a bright yellow fur scarf.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different blue tones. A dark blue skirt and a light blue sweater.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different blue tones. A dark blue skirt and a light blue sweater.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different blue tones. A dark blue skirt and a light blue sweater.

IN THIS PHOTO

Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different red tones. A red silk dress paried with a red fur coat and black ankle boots.

Good news, a monochromatic outfit can be done for any season! It all just depends on what color you use. A burgundy (like this one) is luxe for winter or fall. A whole winter white outfit would look chic too this time of year. In the spring you can do pastels and in the summer I think something bold like orange would look cool…you get the picture!

The key to rocking this look is to mix different textures and fabrics to keep it from looking blah and boring. In this look, I have faux fur, satin, and your basic cotton. It’s a lot, but they all work really well together.

Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different red tones. A red silk dress paried with a red fur coat.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different red tones. A red silk dress paried with a red fur coat.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different red tones. A red silk dress paried with a red fur coat and black ankle boots.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different red tones. A red silk dress paried with a red fur coat and black ankle boots. Paired with a yellow fur scarf and a black cap.
Contributor Carolyn Arentson of My Chic Obsession, wearing a monochromatic outfit of different red tones. A red silk dress paried with a red fur coat and black ankle boots.

Because you can do any color, there’s a look for everyone!
The overall result is sleek and elevated. If you were to rock a monochromatic outfit, what color would you choose?

Article and images by Carolyn Arentson. You can view more content by Carolyn on her blog My Chic Obsession and on her Instagram here

Meet Carolyn

Hello there! I’m Carolyn from My Chic Obsession, a blog with a focus on being chic, whether it’s your fashion, travels or life!

My style is a mix of chic, classic and simple (with a little bit of “extra” here and there) and at mychicobsession.com you’ll find outfit ideas, fashion tips, news on what’s trending, & more!

When I’m not blogging, I’m living life with my hubby/best friend and 8-month old son, making memories while traveling, and eating way too much pasta.   

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