Monochromatic dressing (that is, wearing one color head to toe) is all the rage right now, and here are three celebrities to show us how it's done in various hues. Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel chose a crisp all-white ensemble during her recent travels, Girls actress Zosia Mamet opted for a cobalt pairing — a silky button-down with high-waist trousers, both by Honor — at the premiere of The Company You Keep in NYC, and Karolina Kurkova showed off her style chops in a red shorts suit at a Moncler event in Miami Beach. What's great about going monochromatic is that it takes the guessing game out of getting dressed. You pick one color you love and stick with it — easy enough, right? But despite it being a huge Spring trend, would you rock a monochromatic ensemble like these celebs did? Share your thoughts with us below.
A color story doesn't need to be overtly bright or multifaceted to be a good one — case in point: Zoe Saldana and Candice Swanepoel both turned heads in just one head-to-toe hue. Their looks have more than a sleek monochromatic color scheme in common: both Zoe and Candice also relied on slim cropped trousers and easy long-sleeved tops. The effect? Simple, minimalist silhouettes made the tonal play of both outfits the main event. Your road map — and shopping guide — to channeling the same ultrachic monochrome styles is right here:
- Choose the best tone for your body type. If you're curvier, stick to a darker palette, like Zoe's deep blue or even black and gray. A bright white palette is going to be the least forgiving. However, if you're long and lean, choosing all white or creamy pastel hues can help create curves in body-skimming cuts.
- Look to texture to add interest. Both Zoe and Candice's ensembles are more elevated than pants and t-shirts in the same color family. That's because each looked to different fabrics to help create a more styled mix. Zoe relied on leather pants; Candice juxtaposed the polished feel of her high-waisted trousers with a knit sweatshirt. In both cases, the colors remained the same, but the addition of a sheer blouse, leather pants, or knit top can quickly change the feel of the whole outfit.
- It's all about proportion. You don't have to choose trousers and tops, à la Candice and Zoe, but don't veer too much from their style-setting formula. The trick to making the monochromatic look feel deliberate and chic is in choosing pieces that skim the body and feel more dressed up than your basic jeans. Get the same effect with a fitted pencil skirt and slouchy sweater or sleeveless blouse and cropped pants — just be sure to steer clear of looser, wide-leg pants or overly baggy tops that won't speak to that same polished sensibility. And, whenever in doubt, opt for the same understated, sophisticated footwear like Candice's ankle-straps or Zoe's nude heels that won't upstage your outfit.
Talk about modern, chic, and white, white, white! In last night's episode of Mad Men, Roger Sterling's new office is decked out with a chrome bar cart, a sleek Saarinen tulip table, and an overwhelmingly white palette.
I actually love monochromatic color schemes, though I tend to hop from color to color in my home. How do you decorate with color?
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Oh, Monet. You're relatively incognito, but when you do show your face — and bod — it's refreshing and ultra styley. The actress did some shopping in London in a casual gray monochrome 'fit. Her gold-studded Topshop sweater already has me obsessed, and her faded gray jeans are rugged chic. Neutral accessories, including tan Louboutin pumps, a gold ball ring, and an adorable knit beret, are spot-on. Happy shopping, Monet!
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While this bathroom is certainly chic and beachy, the seagrass/sand tones of the room are a little overwhelming. Are you a fan of the monochromatic palette, or do you like a little color in your WC?
There's no shortage of white and light monochrome looks this Spring 2010, it seems like almost every designer showing in Paris sent at least one down the runway. Not that we blame them. Clean, modern and relatively easy to assemble the look is universally pleasing. Below, twelve different white and light monochrome looks from twelve different designers.
Wahoo — the 2009 Cannes Film Festival has begun! It was just reported the lavish festival will be toned down this year — Vanity Fair dismissed its black-tie annual and Louis Vuitton didn't book its usual table at the amfAR dinner — but we can still expect fashion on the red carpet from the likes of Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz, and the enigmatic Tilda Swinton.
Tilda is up first for your judging pleasure. Her monochrome bordeaux layered Haider Ackermann ensemble may also be toned down, but it sure is flattering. Doesn't she look so tall and statuesque? And the mix of materials is lovely.
You gotta hand it to her. Even with Paris Fashion Week and therefore fabulous people bedecked in designer duds, I am smitten by Victoria's cool and collected navy monochrome 'fit. From her captain cap to her Louis Vuitton Luxotica heels, no one does monochrome quite like VB. She dusted off some zippered navy dVb jeans and revealed some sexy decolletage via a sheer navy tank. A femme navy cardigan added softness to the sharp ensemble. Leaving her London hotel, I'm dying to know where she went — shopping, perhaps? Nah, I bet she had some meetings to discuss her highly successful dress collection. What's your favorite part of this? My instinct goes with the funkadelic shoes, but the mad hat is an added bonus. Makes me want to raid my navy pieces all over again.
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We all know Victoria Beckham isn't afraid to try something new. This time, the celebrity designer took the meaning of jet-setting attire to a whole new level. A recent trip to LAX inspired Beckham to wear a gray suede trench coat and matching captain's hat by Loewe. A pair of oversize aviators, Yves Saint Laurent platform pumps, and Valentino bag complete her ensemble — all cool grays. Leave it to Victoria to show off her version of pilot chic. Do you love it or hate it?
Will there be any literalists out there who show up to day three (they'd call it two) of New York Fashion Week decked out in pink like Elle Woods? Probably not...maybe at the tents...if it were London. We like to entertain the idea anyhow by picturing a sea of fashion editors and buyers dressed head-to-toe in pink. Our Valentine's Day shopping picks, above.