I thought of a fashion problem today that I have.... dressing in the same color but different shades. For example, light grays & dark grays... or white mixed with cream or beige. I just can't figure out how to do this. I could use advice &help!!! --Rach
Thank you so much for asking me! Dressing all in one color conveys a special elegance, & many women take advantage of the drama of dressing all in black with little trouble. It gets a bit more tricky, I think, when we immerse ourselves in other colors like navy, white, denim, & burgundy.
I believe the trick in assembling outfits all in one color is to include varied textures, embellishments, or accents.
Here are models & my attempts at creating outfits all in one color...
These all-one-color outfits from French Connection work with ease
because of the varied textures: lace, sheer, & leather.
I like wearing all black with an accent of gray or white...
Pinks & shades of wine
I love pairing two shades of pink or rosé. The look is so fresh & springy!
Does she need the necklace & silver flats? The elements of the outfit are fairly plain, so I'd say yes.
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I know it looks like I'm wearing a dress above, but it's actually two separates. The studs on the collar & the embossing on the skirt helps break up the color & the long cardigan helps tie it together.
All in navy...
I believe the trick in wearing all navy is in embellishments to break up the stream of color. The outfit from J. Crew on the left below works because of the beaded placket & the zips on the skirt pockets. Her outfit, of course, works much better than mine, but I think the ruffles are what help my attempt.
Whites & winter whites...
I do love all white or white with beige or taupe--it reminds me of a clean, cool outfit for the beach. Seems to me the trick is to add one small element in a different color--like a belt, a necklace, or a scarf. Varied textures & varied shades of white also help, &, of course, you can always pair taupe or sand with white.
Fifty shades of grey
Now I've never had trouble with greys. I think you can wear any shade of grey with any other, in any combination, without doing anything to break it up. I think because grey is a marled color, it creates its own texture & color variation.
What do you think? Do you like outfits made up of all one color?
Please share your tips on how to make it work.
Try this at home...