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