This post sponsored by Nordstrom
With all the glitz and glam, sequins, and sparkle this time of year, it’s nice to catch our breath and step into neutrals for a change of pace. And I love to put together an outfit from the same color family. Today, I’m sharing tips to build a monochromatic outfit that’s on-trend and chic.
When I look for trendy pieces to add to my wardrobe, I never want to break the bank. Trends come and go, but they keep us looking fresh and modern. So I go easy on my wallet. On the other hand, I will invest in classic and timeless pieces as I know they will last for years and give my wardrobe a bang for their buck. Either way, Nordstrom always has something in stock, from luxury items to oh so affordable. And I’m a big fan of Nordstrom Made brands as they’re always easy on my budget. Halogen is a favorite of mine, Caslon too. But I just discovered Open Edit and had to try them on for size. I like them. I really like them!
Who doesn’t love a monochromatic outfit that’s chic and sophisticated? Most of us will gravitate towards a black or white monochrome outfit as they’re easy to put together. But you can opt for any color that suits you and your lifestyle. Bright colors are trending this year, so you can easily throw together a pink, yellow or red ensemble. Today I’m ditching bold colors in favor of neutrals. And I’m sharing a few tips to build a monochromatic outfit so it will be second nature to you.
First, texture is key. This is a great way to create dimension with our outfit. Notice I’m wearing a bulky knit sweater available in four colors from Open Edit with a slim pair of faux leather trousers from Open Edit. Or you could try a wool skirt with a sleek-fitting top or turtleneck. Second, incorporate light and dark tones in the same color family. My sweater is light and the pants dark. If you want to hide your hips or tummy, incorporate dark colors as they draw attention away from those areas. A lighter color will draw the eye, whereas a darker color will detract attention. I don’t always follow this simple style rule as I don’t mind looking bigger or wider. Half the fun of fashion is having fun, which means breaking the rules from time to time. But if you want to look slimmer, this style rule is for you!
Last but not least, since it’s cold outside, I added a faux fur Teddy coat (old, similar here and here) in a complementary shade of brown that again adds texture. Don’t be afraid of bringing contrasting colors into your outfit. Wearing different shades and tints of the same color is a great way to enhance a monochromatic outfit to keep it looking modern and fresh.
A big thank you to Nordstrom for this sponsored post. And thank you, lovely readers, for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas.