Hello, happy Thursday! I am picking up where Beth left off on Monday, with a monochromatic outfit for petites. Monochromatic outfits are an easy go-to. Especially when you don’t want to think too much about putting an outfit together. Immediately chic and sophisticated; monochromatic ensembles can be understated or dramatic, super versatile! It’s a win/win: minimum effort for maximum impact. Today, I am sharing The Monochromatic Trend for Petites with Petite separates from Ann Taylor. An outfit perfect for date night!
Today, Kelly shares The Monochromatic Trend for Petites from Ann Taylor
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Plus, a couple more ways to style the Tapered Faux Leather Pants at the end of the post
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Monochromatic outfits work in any hue; you don’t have to go in only all black, or all white. That said, going for all black or all white is something most of us can do with what we already have in our closet. Just think of it as a great opportunity to mix up the textures. Wintertime is great for this because you can put together a look with a variety of textures, like my outfit today: Tapered Faux Leather Pants, with a flowy Tie Neck Top. Think also of a soft fuzzy sweater with faux leather; or denim.
Don’t worry about the blacks not perfectly matching. That’s when mixing textures is perfect for pulling together a polished look.
My color block wool stadium-cloth coat is several years old, but I have collected a couple alternatives.
I am sure I have made this point here before, but it bears repeating: Ann Taylor’s petite sizing is really good. It's a really great feeling to get something like these Tapered Faux Leather Pants in the mail, to try them on and have them fit like a glove. I really like this new style too, they are tapered for a chic silhouette and belted, for a really polished look.
Faux leather has been popular for a while now, but it seems like this year the style (and color) variations have really come into their own. I think faux leather will be a thing for years to come, so it’s worth it to snap up styles that are well-fitting and versatile; take good care of them and they will last a good long time.
Another great thing about Ann Taylor’s clothing, and their faux leather in particular, it’s machine washable. I find caring for these items easy. For starters, I wash them only every 3-4 wears. When I do wash them, wash them alone, in cold water, on the gentlest cycle. Then hang to dry. I have a very large delicates wash bag that came with my Rothy’s Weekender Bag that I will use as extra protection when I wash my faux leather items – just like for lingerie. It’s worth picking up a few jumbo size delicates laundry bags for cashmere, sweaters and other delicate machine washable clothing.
You can certainly keep your accessories in line with your monochromatic look, but I like to take the opportunity to add a pop of something different. It can be a bright color or pattern. Today I have opted for a bright pop of white. Get creative and have fun wearing the Monochromatic Trend for Petites!
These two-tone loafers are super fun. This pair of patent leather loafers is from J.Crew and they are a few years old. But I found a similar pair, though they are not patent leather. They add a sharpness to any outfit and I love them with this monochromatic look because they add just that little bit of unexpected brightness.
Yesterday, Beth shared the 2023 fashion trends she is wearing – and how she wears them. Click the title or image below to read the article and see her outfit inspirations!
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 46, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
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