3 Ways to Master Monochrome Dressing – Kate Wolfson

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3 Ways to Master Monochrome Dressing

The things that look good on everyone—eight hours of sleep, a genuine smile, true love—aren’t available on demand. On days when you can’t catch them all (or even one), we have a universally flattering backup plan: monochrome. With the right pieces in your closet, channeling Princess Diana, Jay-Z, or Cher—a few icons known to nail a monochrome moment—comes easy. Below, three takes to help you hit the right tones.

go dark

It doesn’t get more chic than dark-as-night denim, black Breton stripes, and glistening gold jewelry. The all-black outfit’s biggest flex is its versatility. Case in point: The same smart shirtdress that increases WFH productivity fits in perfectly at the farmers’ market.


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TAUPE OF THE CLASS

Shoulder-to-shin tan has been part of the monochrome movement since the first Burberry trench. This modern take is tonal, with a few nods to the classic tan-black-red trifecta: honey-gold and tortoiseshell accessories, black suede boots, and gleaming gold jewelry with pops of deep red.


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CREAM OF THE CROP

Some pandemic trends can go (“Your screen time is up 72 percent”), but the matching set (and puzzles) can stay. Monochrome by definition, a perfectly slouchy, super soft, cropped-in-just-the-right-places set is the ultimate weekend uniform—and even better in warm, mother-of-pearl white.


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