The holidays are upon us and with that comes, holiday parties!
Now, of course, you can always go with a trusty U.C.S (Ugly Christmas Sweater, and yes I may have made up that acronym), but sometimes the occasion calls for a fancier look, which is where I come in!
There’s always the classy black, or hint of red or green, but what’s been really taking fashion by storm these days is full monochromatic looks. Monochromatic; containing or using only one colour, has been seen in campaigns from Michael Kors to Max Mara, and has been popular among many celebrities.
If you’re a fan of sister band Haim (which I highly recommend you should be), then you’ll know that these sisters are the QUEENS of monochromatic fashion lately. I mean, from the dreamy pink outfits to their mustard yellow and red ensembles, monochromatic is clearly the place to be.
I know the idea of styling a full party outfit in monochrome can seem daunting and a tad “over the top” but there are 3 ways that you can style yourself in one colour without feeling like you’ve made a mistake.
So, in the spirit of the holidays, I’ve created 3 monochromatic looks (1 in red, green and silver), to appease all your holiday party dreams.
The first key to wearing a monochromatic look over the holidays is to play with tones and patterns. Opt for a darker shade pant like these Zara ones with a lighter blouse like this one from Aritizia or vice versa to differentiate between the two items. While the patterned shoe is not entirely green, the green leaves painted across the patent leather matches perfectly with the pants and ties it all together so as you step out for holiday fanfare, your totally green outfit doesn’t overwhelm it!
When attempting to wear monochromatic metallics (without looking like a tree decoration), go with muted metallics, ones that aren’t too bright or glossy. when you wear a muted metallic, you can wear more of it because it has more versatility and catches less light.
Plus, muted metallics have a tendency to give off more of a relaxed vibe, versus its glossy sister that can catch and reflect more light and might make you the centre of attention in a less appealing way. Dress up your silver look by sticking to the same muted metallic with hints of darker accessories to break it up. Find a similar skirt here, sweater here, socks, and shoes.
The third way to wear a monochromatic holiday look is to mix up textures. You can stick to the same shade and tone of a colour but give it depth by switching out textures with each item you wear. Try pairing a large embroidery lace dress (similar here) with a mesh top and velvet shoes. By playing with texture it breaks up the look but keeps its monochromatic aesthetic.
Just remember the main key to pulling off monochromatic looks this holiday is to own it. If you feel great in it, others will pick up on that.