How to wear a Monochrome Outfit: 4 Stylish Outfits to Try Now

monochromatic looks at inauguration

If the outfits worn by Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Hillary Clinton at the 2021 inauguration were any proof, monochromatic dressing is an easy way of looking effortlessly chic, confident, and composed. The monochromatic palette is one of the color combinations that our good friend and personal stylist Marcia Crivorot recommends. 

As Marcia observes, this trend can be seen everywhere - "from the runway, fashion editorials, to the streets. It's perfect for formal occasions because it sends a message of elegance, regardless of the color you choose. Not to mention that it also elongates the figure, so it's a perfect choice for petites."

Marcia Crivorot personal stylist wearing NOT by Jenny Lai

Personal stylist Marcia Crivorot, wearing the Split Ponte Top and blue on blue, at NOT's Shop-in-studio

"When I talk about a monochromatic combination, I mean wearing clothes in the same color, not necessarily in the same shade or tone. For example, it's totally fine to wear different shades of blue in the same outfit."

We also love the tip from Marcia about playing with different textures for more interest, such as "wool and leather or "denim and linen in the summer". 

Below, Marcia has curated four easy monochrome looks with NOT outfits to demonstrate how you can put together a monochromatic outfit for all seasons. Check these out for inspiration and follow Marcia for more helpful style tips!

1. "I love white or ecru monochromatic outfits for the winter. I would suggest pairing a white turtleneck under this shirt to keep you warm."

Pictured: NOT's cotton Topsy Turvy Shirt and Side Pleat Pants.

White monochromatic outfits NOT by Jenny Lai

2. "This one is just a great outfit tor Spring/Summer, you can dress it up or down easily.  I would wear this as a short sleeve shirt, with your arms going out the armholes and leaving the sleeves hanging. Mules are perfect shoes to wear with cropped pants. If you don’t do heels, there are plenty of options with lower heels. I would suggest two layers of necklaces."

Pictured: NOT's cotton Topsy Turvy Shirt and Side Pleat Pants.

white monochromatic look for spring/summer designs by NOT by Jenny Lai
3. " A monochromatic outfit means all the pieces are in the same color. However, pink and burgundy are the same color in different shades. The result is always elegance. Here is a suggestion of an outfit for a date-night dinner or a formal occasion." 
wine Red and pink monochromatic outfit by NOT by Jenny Lai
4. " Here are the same two pieces, but in in a more casual outfit. You can also substitute the sandals for sneakers. "
wine red and pink monochrome outfit design by NOT by Jenny Lai

 Shop all of Marcia's monochromatic picks here

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