Monochrome is having a moment this summer, and it isn't the first time. We've seen single-color outfits on style icons for ages (hello, Jackie O). So what's the enduring appeal? For one, it couldn't be easier—you just have to pick a color and pile it on. While the idea is simple, there are a lot of ways to play it, and like all the best trends it can range from mild to wild depending on your mood. Ready to go monochrome? Here are four fresh takes from our personal stylists.
One and Done
Take one neutral shade head to toe for a clean, serene effect that's anything but boring. To add dimension, we picked pieces with textural details: open stitches on the sweater and subtly contrasting panels on the pants. The bag and shoes keep the cream theme going, while the loafer's platform grounds it with a pop of black.
Layer Light and Dark
To get rich quick, choose two earthy tones for the foundation of your look. We went with a spicy, deep-hued dress and a lighter, brighter blazer. We can't get enough of the ombré effect, and this outfit also plays with proportion by pairing a body-con base with a loose, boxy topper.
Mix In Metallics
Here's how to add sparkle to your summer nights—no jewelry needed. The sweater nods to casual crewneck styling, but the curvy cut and asymmetric skirt look undeniably dressy. A silver bag and sandals glam up the grey and make the whole outfit shine.
Go Bold and Bright
A dress makes the monochrome trend truly effortless—and a high-intensity hue like this turns it into a true summer statement. Between the color and the midriff cutout this dress brings the drama, so you can keep the shoes and accessories neutral.