Monochromatic Trends – Together Again, Naturally

Max Mara Fall Trends 2012


Monochromatic trends have not been seen on the runway or in the market in a long time….a very long time. With the resurgence of the 70’s and 80’s suiting trend, it’s only natural that the trend in monochromatic dressing is on the uptick.

When business casual swept across the country, “mix and match” ruled the wardrobe I heard groans across genders with “what will I wear to work”.  Now that people are used to mix and match, I’m wondering how long it will take for the masses to adopt it.

In a post I wrote last year, Business Casual is Dead, I shared my thoughts on this up and coming trend and why it is happening.  I suspect there will be a little resistance to the trend simply because it “feels” more “Corporate and people have been resistant to being “corporate” for a very long time.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article designers were quoted as saying “it’s time for a cleansing.”

The minimalist nudge over the past few seasons was a nod to this, so please pay attention to what you are putting in your wardrobe right now.  Soon, you’ll be seeing the “matchy-matchy” not just in the runway but in the retail market.

Do you know how to wear the monochromatic trend?

If you have been a student of mine or have been keeping up with my blog posts and working on your wardrobe you won’t have any trouble adapting to this trend.  Remember building a good working wardrobe is all about the foundation.

My mantra:  “core-accent-accessories” will remind you that starting your wardrobe with a core/foundational color means starting with a neutral core piece.  Neutral core pieces are monochromatic pieces.  They have little to no embellishments on them and are worn as a solid column of unified color.

Start with a Good Suit

I always recommend starting your wardrobe with a good 2 or 3 piece suit in the very best fabric that you can afford.  I also recommend ‘hanging’ these items separately so that they can be ‘mixed and matched’ with your other items.

Now we’re bringing the family back together again in one harmonious, fluid line of color.  Does this mean that you have to wear monochromatic all the time to be on trend. NO, rather it will make your life easier because you have a solid neutral foundation to work with.

How do you feel about the trend? I, for one, am happy about this trend. I think you’ll be able to dress easier and you’ll:

“Look Good, Feel Great and Have FUN Doing IT!”


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