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With creams and blushes as some of the season’s top hues, it’s tempting to try your hand at a monochromatic look. Most of us are familiar with a classic all-black outfit, but monochromatic dressing is so much more. In fashion terms, monochromatic dressing means wearing separates of one color that either have different textures or share the same color family for an overall tonal look. In order to find some fresh ways to wear this trend, we stopped by the new Habit boutique that recently opened in downtown Franklin, joining the original Habit on Bandywood in Green Hills. There, we met with owner Meg Blackney to get her top tips and examples that illustrate different ways to wear the season’s most popular colors in a monochromatic way.

Meg Blackney is the owner of Habit, with two area locations — the original store in Green Hills and now a new second location in downtown Franklin.

Meg Blackney owns Habit, with two area locations — the original store in Green Hills and now a new second location in downtown Franklin.

Taken at Habit’s new Franklin location

Habit’s new Franklin location is now open and serving up beautiful looks for fall!

First things first. When it comes to monochromatic dressing, Meg recommends that you start with the clothes that you already have in your closet. See which colors that you have the most of, and begin to break them up into different color groups. Then you can mix and match in different ways. After that? Head to Habit, where you’ll find perfectly seasonal colors and on-trend looks that will help you achieve the one-color look you’re going for. Here are some examples of what you’ll find.

Meg wanted to create a store of neutrals and basics that are both easily wearable and versatile.

Meg wanted to create a store of neutrals and basics that are both easily wearable and versatile.

Winter White Cream

Even though the “white after Labor Day rule” no longer exists, it’s important to stick with creams instead of whites. The key is to start with the lightest tones on the bottom and to work your way up with variations of that color family. Oatmeal and taupe are great complementary colors to mix in with cream.

This oatmeal waffle sweater is a great option. Lovestitch waffle sweater, $78

This oatmeal waffle sweater looks great, especially when paired with cream-colored pants and taupe accessories. Lovestitch waffle sweater, $78

Black

When dressing in all black, your outfit has one uninterrupted line from head to toe that elongates your silhouette, making you appear slimmer and taller than you actually are. However, it’s important to add visual interest to an all-black outfit by incorporating different textures and subtle patterns. “At Habit, we like to focus on a lot of textures,” says Meg. The easiest way to break up the color when layering with all black is to play with textures to separate the pieces.

We incorporated a leather jacket and wool scarf to break up the silhouette. Leather jacket, $98; scarf, $38

We incorporated a leather jacket and wool scarf to break up the silhouette. Leather jacket, $98; scarf, $38

Some great options include fur, suede, silk, leather and fringe.

Some great options include fur, suede, silk, leather and fringe.

If you’re planning an all-black silhouette, the most flattering way to do so is to keep the bottom half on the slimmer side. “Most people don’t think they can get away with a raw hem, but it is incredibly flattering and works great with most ankle boots,” explains Meg.

Wax coated pants are a nice alternative to leather pants. DL black wax pants, $198

Wax coated pants are a nice alternative to leather pants. DL black wax pants, $198

Grey

“One of the biggest mistakes people can make with monochromatic dressing is straying out of the neutral zone. To keep the trend looking classic and put together, I recommend staying away from all white and bold, strong colors,” says Meg. Grey is such a great color to start with because it can be worn in so many different ways.

Accessories are a great way to add dimension and incorporate statement pieces into the look. Bucket bag, $198

Accessories are a great way to add dimension and incorporate statement pieces into the look. Bucket bag, $198

Blush

Blush is one of our favorite seasonal hues, and here we use it to break up the monochromatic look by layering. Multiple layers of varied textures add depth and dimension to an outfit. Layering also allows you to highlight — or downplay — certain parts of your body. If you are thinner on the bottom, wear fitted pants and play around with layering on top.

We layered this look with a silk blouse, a wool cardigan, a scarf and a topper coat. Topper coat, $188

We layered this look with a silk blouse, a wool cardigan, a scarf and a topper coat. Topper coat, $188

This lightwear sweater jacket is a great option because the fur is removable on the collar to dress up or dress down for the occasion. Love Token jacket, $148

This lightwear sweater jacket is a great option because the fur is removable on the collar to dress up or dress down for the occasion, making it highly versatile. Love Token jacket, $148

Lingerie

Monochromatic dressing can even be incorporated in your lingerie and loungewear. If you keep a color family in mind when you are shopping for these items, you can ensure that each piece is adaptable and will work with other pieces you already own.

Ugg Grey Robe, $98; patterned sleep shirt, $98

Ugg grey robe, $98; patterned sleep shirt, $98

Now that you’ve got the foundation for how to dress monochromatically, shop these looks at either of Habit’s locations:

NEW! 506 W. Main St., Franklin TN 37064 • (615) 905-8721
2209 Bandywood Drive, Ste. H, Nashville, TN 37215 • (615) 292 9399

This article is sponsored by Habit Boutique. Photography by Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography. Fashion Styling by Molly Russell of Molly Russell Styling.

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