Mamas, did you see this pic? It's currently on the front of jcrew.com…
Monochromatic dressing at it's best. The model is rocking shades of the same color, as well as different textures. Awesome.
But man…this look is a pretty big commitment to tangerine. I'm willing to bet that most of us don't own five (five!!) pieces of clothing in matching-ish hues (black and gray do not count…nor does white or navy).
Madewell has a slightly-toned-down version:
"Start with our Garment-Dyed Midi Shorts, then pile on pieces in the same color family. Voila!" says Madewell.
So I surveyed my closet. My momdrobe consists of a whole lotta cotton, cotton and more cotton (throwing "varying textures" out the window)…in mostly navy, white and gray.
So I expanded my search to include night-out pieces. And I came up with this little outfit….which would be perfect for a moms night out:
Purple. Hunh. Never thought I'd have so much purple(ish) in my closet. But frankly, this look would be cute even with just two pieces of similar color….for example, the pants and shoes with a sexy white tee, or the pants and the shirt with nude heels. It wouldn't have quite the impact as the full version, but as long as the two similarly-hued pieces are right next to each other…it'll look like you're rocking the monochromatic trend.
But this, dear Mamas, is a mom fashion blog. So let me attempt an everyday, kid-friendly version of the monochrome trend:
Navy? Now we're talking. I could outfit a small country with all of the navy I own. I'm pairing it with (tiny amounts) of light blue.
I was all set to make fun of myself for this outfit, but the truth is? I kinda love it. It's not very exciting, but it's comfortable, cute, and…slightly unexpected? Maybe? Or perhaps I'm being too generous. It might just be boring.
So here's the deal: these outfits come together easily if you have bright, vibrant colors, like the J.Crew and Madewell ads show. However…if you are ever-so-slightly-color-adverse (as I am)…you can still rock this trend by either:
- Mixing variations on a shade (or texture), even if the shade is rather subdued (like my purple-ish look above)
- Mixing neutrals with a small amount of color (like my navy, navy, navy look)
- You need at least two pieces…close together
These styling tricks results in a subtler look (which some may call 'boring'), but it won't require a whole new wardrobe…yet still qualifies as the monochromatic trend.
Here are few collages to further sway you to my potentially snooze-worthy opinion:
Using Monochrome Styling To Perk Up Office Khakis
Running Around with the Kiddos….
A Cute Semi-Monochromatic Date Night Look
What say you, Mamas? Are you wishing you had these 5 minutes of your life back, or are you with me on this monochromatic trend?