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Monochromatic Outfits Are the Easiest Way to Get Dressed

When you find the right color, stick to it.

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Monochromatic outfits might be one of the easiest ways to create a look that feels polished, but not forced. The trick to pulling it off without looking like an extra in a Fruit of the Loom commercial is mixing different fabrics and proportions.

Below, five outfit ideas to buy and try, inspired by some of our favorite looks from outside the shows at this past Paris Fashion Week.


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Calling all over-achievers! Wear the trend to its fullest by getting your shoes and accessories in color uniform, too.

What to Buy: Theory Wool Flare Pant, $355; Theory Mock Neck Sweater, $200; Steve Madden Ankle Strap Sandals, $99.


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Playing around with different texture combinations — like heavy knits and leather — is the perfect way to keep monochrome fun. (Bright orange boots don’t hurt either.)

What to Buy: H&M Rib-Knit Sweater, $19.99; Rebecca Taylor Leather Skirt, $795.


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For something a little more subtle but still special, try mixing up fabrics, like cashmere with linen or wool.

What to Buy: Uniqlo Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $69.90; J.Crew Cropped Pant, $118.


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Make an all-black outfit feel new by playing with proportions and layers, like extra long sleeves and shorts with tights.

What to Buy: Base Range Sweatshirt, $145; Coach Leather Short, $595; Wolford Velvet Sensation Tights, $105.


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For the advanced monochromatic dresser, experiment with different shades of the same color.

What to Buy: Rag & Bone Ribbed Sweater, $350; Topshop Satin Midi Dress, $115.