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Monochromatic Outfits Made Easy

October 24, 2019

By:

Erin Schrader

Disclosure: Thank you to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for sponsoring today’s post. All products featured above were selected, purchased, and loved by yours truly!

The monochromatic trend isn’t necessarily a new concept around these parts. You see, I’ve been a loyal supporter of the groutfit [grey-outfit] for years. You know the one– old grey sweatpants paired with an even older, slightly different shade of grey hoodie? Groutfit. Finally a trend I’m ahead of the curve on. Whether you’re a monochromatic veteran [like yours truly] or just starting to dip your toes into the trend, today we’re showing you how to [easily] master monochrome with Nordstrom.

It’s no secret Nordstrom holds a special place in my heart. It seems like those little silver packages or [not so little] brown boxes make appearances on my front porch more often than not these days. They’re my go-to one stop shop for just about every occasion [or just because] because treat yo-self, am I right? Plus, with free shipping and free returns, Nordstrom presents the perfect opportunity to try out a few new trends risk-free. Needless to say, all of today’s looks are from Nordstrom which makes it easy to replicate all the monochromatic vibes you’ll see. 

Before we dive in – just a few words on this whole monochromatic trend. My first piece of advice: don’t be afraid to try it. For one reason or another, wearing a top that [almost] perfectly matches your bottoms can be intimidating. Luckily it’s the perfect season to layer, layer, layer. If it feels like too much, you can break up the matching look with a patterned shoe or a pop of a different color in your accessories. Play around with it and have fun! After all, that’s what fashion is supposed to be about!

Olive

First up? Olive. I’ve always been a fan of the earthy, green hues for fall. A great pair of olive utility skinnies + a fun tee [meow] layered with a cozy cardi creates an easy everyday look. The printed tee breaks up the matchy-matchy feel of the outfit but still gives the illusion of the monochrome trend. Of course, no outfit is complete without a pair of basic [and oh-so comfortable] slip on sneakers.

Similar Denim: Jen7 High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans // Lucky Brand Crewneck Tee [TTS, wearing size small in Olive Multi] // Leith Dolman Sleeve Cardigan [TTS, wearing size XS in Green Thyme] // Steve Madden Gills Platform Sneaker [TTS, wearing Grey Suede]

Similar Denim: Jen7 High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans // Steve Madden Gills Platform Sneaker [TTS, wearing Grey Suede]

Burgundy

Next on the list is a bold burgundy look perfect for the office. While the boardroom isn’t typically the first place you might try out a new fall fashion trend, this is an easy way to incorporate monochrome into your 9-5. I opted for a fun wide-leg crop [another fun trend worth trying] paired with a basic burgundy sweater. Adding a faux leather jacket takes the 9-5 office look to 5-9 after-office drinks.

BB Dakota Teagan Reversible Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket [TTS, wearing size XS in Fig] // Halogen Back Detail Sweater [TTS, wearing size XS in Burgundy Fig] // Halogen Wide Leg Crop Pants [TTS, wearing size 2 in Burgundy Fig] // Nine West Tatiana Pump [TTS, wearing in Bordeaux Leather]

BB Dakota Teagan Reversible Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket [TTS, wearing size XS in Fig] // Halogen Back Detail Sweater [TTS, wearing size XS in Burgundy Fig] // Halogen Wide Leg Crop Pants [TTS, wearing size 2 in Burgundy Fig] // Nine West Tatiana Pump [TTS, wearing in Bordeaux Leather]

Navy

Next up? Navy. I fell head over [navy] heels for this outfit as soon as I put it on my body. If you have a fall wedding or other formal occasion coming up, please [I’m begging you] wear this outfit. There’s just something about a satin skirt that makes a gal feel like a million bucks. I paired it with a navy tank and this blazer to pull the whole look together– easily taking you from workwear to wedding wear. 

Similar Skirt: 1.State Midi Slip Skirt //  Chelsea28 Raw Edge Tank [TTS, wearing size small in Navy Night] // Gibson Notch Collar Blazer [TTS, wearing size small] // Sam Edelman Hazel Pump [TTS, wearing in Baltic Navy Suede]

Warm Neutrals

Last, but most certainly not least, is the rust family. If we’re being honest, I’m not typically drawn to these shades BUT they’re oh-so pretty for fall so I was excited to step out of my colorful comfort zone and give these neutrals a chance. I’m so glad I did because this simple sweater + skinny jean combo ended up being one of my favorite looks from the bunch. Bonus: a little pop of snakeskin brought it all home for me. 

BP. Dolman Sleeve Ribbed Top [TTS, wearing size small in Brown Chino] // Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution High Waist Ankle Skinny Pants [TTS, wearing size 2 in Cold Brew] // Topshop Carly Coat [Oversized fit, wearing 6 US] // Steve Madden Pixie Bootie [TTS]

Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution High Waist Ankle Skinny Pants [TTS, wearing size in Cold Brew] // TopShop Carly Coat [Oversized fit, wearing 6 US] // Steve Madden Pixie Bootie [TTS]

What are your thoughts on the monochromatic trend? Which color[s] are you most excited to pair together? Take it from me– if I can do it, you can do it too. Happy matching! 

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