Going Monochromatic Without Going Overboard
Kanye West and designers like John Elliott have ushered in an era of monochromatic dressing that pivots on oversized sweats, cotton T-shirts, and other sporty separates. And while that gear has basically revolutionized street style, how does it translate into your wardrobe?
An all blue outfit is spring’s answer to tonal dressing and couldn't be more relevant right now. Lately, menswear has been all about bold colors from millennial pink, to shades of indigo, to variations of rich yellows. But when you're dealing with colors as saturated as these you need to make sure you don't over do it.
Blue is the go-to color
Blue is most guys' go-to color for one very good reason: every man looks good in it. There's just one problem with wearing this hue over and over and that's that we tend to go on autopilot when getting dressed. The effortlessness of wearing the color blue is also what can put your look in a style rut.
That's why I’m here to suggest you switch up the staple shade of blue (hint: navy) and instead opt for tonal ocean blue hues. I’m talking about Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine, Indigo, Aqua, Turquoise, and every other not-navy out there.
These blues are an easy way to liven up your wardrobe, whether you're wearing one shade of it or a whole palette of them together.
The Easy Rules Of Monochrome Dressing
When wearing more than one piece of clothing in the same color, vary the tone of that color slightly. This is especially true for bright colors. (Think a yellow sweatshirt with khaki shorts.)
Next, make sure to mix up the textures and shapes of your top and bottoms. In other words, if you're wearing a knit top choose a structured trouser or a jacket with texture.
Mastering Tonal Dressing
An easy trick to mastering tonal dressing is to start by matching your shirt with your outerwear layer. Then introduce a darker version of the same color in your pants and shoes. This helps break up the pale tones and brings the outfit together into one polished look.
Even if you don’t feel like you’re the type of guy to wear blue tinted eyewear (admittedly, that's a very Reinaldo-specific accessory), an interesting choice in eyewear and a pair of rich leather boots or sneakers will complete the job.
Ready to tackle new hues and monochromatic dressing? Here’s a few pieces that'll help you get the job done.