10 Best Colors to Create a Monochromatic Look

The most timeless and elegant style, a monochromatic look is a great styling trick to make you appear leaner and taller hiding those flaws and problem areas you’re conscious about. However, a monochromatic look not only refers to head-to-toe black or white, as you can wear the flattering colors for your skin to wear the elegant look. Keep on reading for our 10 best colors to create a monochromatic look.

  1. Black

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Versatile, sophisticated, and opulent, black continues to be the go-to color for women who wear monochromatic ensembles, especially for curvy and petite women, since black is more slimming than light-colored clothing. It’s also the edgiest color of leather items you may go for. However, when wearing an all-black look, create fabric contrast on your black outfits like Kristina Bazan did, wearing a pair of leather leggings, cashmere top, and a fur scarf that made her monochromatic outfit elegant.

  1. White

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Many women find white challenging to wear as it’s a light shade that can expose your every flaw. That may be true, but wearing white in a monochromatic way sometimes lie into the fabric it’s made of, form-fitting silhouette, and designs that can flatter your shape. If you’re worrying about your muffin top, you may simply opt for a structured vest to top with your dress, for where the lapels of your outerwear will create a slimmer waist definition for you.

  1. Charcoal Gray

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Charcoal gray is another color that works well for creating a slimming monochromatic look. However, be careful wearing gray if you’re pale as it will only make you look sick. Still, there are some shades of gray that can look great for you so feel free to try what works for you. Like Blair Eadie, you may opt for a blanket scarf with different gray motifs to look coordinating in your looks without breaking the monochromatic style. You can also add a color pop of red or fuchsia on your bag and shoes if the charcoal alone seems too harsh for you.

  1. Nude or Brown

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Depending on your skin tone, a nude or brown shade can flatter you. In this case, you must pick a nude or brown outfit that contrast with your skin color so you wouldn’t be mistaken as walking outside your house undressed. If the shade of nude or brown is too close to your skin tone, better opt for flowy, voluminous, and billowy silhouette over form-fitting ones that look better for you.

  1. Bright Red

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A head-to-toe red outfit looks overkill, so don’t dare to wear them on formal settings like weddings, business meetings, and church meetings tough festive occasions may be great for them. To make your monochromatic outfit more stylish, you may seek for accessories or even ensembles with metallic trims or shiny element and break up the monochromatic scheme with a black handbag that will look just fine.

  1. Burgundy or Marsala

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A lot more classy and tamed than a bright red, burgundy or marsala, usually called bordeaux, or wine, can be used to create a classy and elegant monochromatic look. Like street style star Miroslava Duma, you may think of a gold belt and statement sandals to bring some sophisticated vibe to your monochromatic outfit without breaking your color scheme.

  1. Denim Blue

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The coolest and most tranquil color, blue shade can be your best choice for your casual street style as your denim jeans, jackets, chambray shirts, and button-front skirts represent the color. Like fashion blogger Micah Gianneli, create a trendy look by wearing your denim jacket with your denim jeans and a pair of blue ankle strap sandals that tied the look together.

  1. Navy

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Navy is a dark color that looks almost like black, but does not appear as harsh as black. Navy is a good choice for the workplace too because wearing navy conveys a sense of authority. You may think of a navy dress to wear with your pair of ocean blue pumps and a color blocked bag in shades of blue like Veronica Popoiacu did, making her office outfit fashion-forward but smart.

  1. Pink

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Known to be the feminine color, pink can bring out the romantic and flirty vibe on you especially those pastel and soft hues of pink. Hot pink and fuchsia are the shades of pink that can be challenging to pull off especially in a monochromatic outfit as they tend to look childish and too girly. Like Chiara Ferragni, make your pink outfit intentionally by wearing a crop top and skirt combination with a belt cinched on your midriff.

  1. Green

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A refreshing color but not-so-stylish color, green can be a difficult color to work with when going for a monochromatic outfit as it gives a playful vibe with quirky nature at the same time. For a safe choice, go for darker hues of green like hunter green, olive green, and forest green that look a bit chic and smart.

Indeed, a monochromatic look is a timeless style to make your outfits elegant and sophisticated. So, pick the best color that works for you and make a classic statement on the streets with your monochromatic look.

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