How to Create a Monochromatic Outfit

We love unique and trendy styles here at Kortni Jeane and you know we’re obsessed with color blocking! What is a monochromatic outfit, you may ask? This means wearing a single shade in order to create a simpler, cleaner look. There’s something about this overall tonal look that feels so polished, but in an effortless way. Don’t worry! We know creating a monochromatic outfit can seem intimidating, so we’ve pulled together a quick “cheat sheet” to help you achieve this chic style! This trend may seem scary, but with these tips, you’ll be wearing tonal outfits in no time.
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First, make sure you are using the same color hue. Whether it’s jewel tones, winter whites, or a neutral ensemble, wearing one color family is just as fun as wearing a bold pattern or bright color. But how do you make a single-shade outfit feel intentional? The key is to find and use pieces in different fabrics and textures. Experiment with quality sweaters, silk blouses, pleather leggings, fuzzy coats, or anything else that will break up the color. If you’re still super nervous, neutrals are most definitely the best place to start. You can’t go wrong with an all-white or all-gray look that’s great on anyone, regardless of skin and hair-color!  
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Second, start by combining your new, modern pieces with older, classic pieces. This is good news! You might not have to buy anything new/old at all to achieve this style! Start by looking at some of your favorite style icons, like Audrey Hepburn or Meghan Markle. Then play around with high-waisted pants, slouchy sweaters, fuzzy coats, or anything else you love. Try giving your old clothes a modern twist since we all know that most styles come full circle. Choose pieces that will break up the color you’ve chosen in a subtle way and still allow the eye to process each part of your outfit individually. 
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Third, think about highlighting or downplaying certain parts of your body. For example, if you want to bring focus up towards your face, wear bottoms that are a slightly darker shade of your chosen color. Then you’ll work your way up using lighter and brighter variations of that color. This is a subtle way to draw eyes up to your face, using the lighter colors up top to draw in admirers. If you have long legs, try white skinny jeans with a white blouse and white-to-cream sweater or coat. These kinds of pieces will draw attention to a lean lower body, giving you an overall sophisticated look!
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Fourth, when dressing monochromatically, your outfit should have one uninterrupted line {from head to toe}. Having that uninterrupted line of one color with multiple textures and shades will elongate your frame, making you look slimmer and taller than you actually are. Plus, various textures give your look depth and make it more interesting.
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Well that’s it! We hope these tips and tricks were helpful and gave you an idea of where to start when creating a monochromatic outfit. As a fifth extra tip, don’t be afraid to experiment! Just like mix + matching swimmers, no matter your style or body shape, monochromatic always looks sharp! Plus, it often gives you relief from the more frenzied trends. So go ahead, try something new, and play with the color hues you already have in your closet. Tag us when you post about your monochromatic outfits! We’d love to see what you come up with! 
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xoxo
Kortni + Team

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