Parsing Trends: Whole-in-One
Monday, we looked at Fall's pantsuit trend and, today, we'll look at an offshoot of the same idea: the monochromatic trend, where the whole outfit is assembled in one color.
Wearing the same color on top and bottom skews formal and luxurious. It mimics the look of a suit, dress, or jumpsuit - all more formal than separates. Wearing the exact same color in multiple pieces also suggests that you had the means to purchase both items at once, since different dye lots can cause shades to vary greatly even within the same brand.
One added benefit of this look is that it helps short gals like me appear taller and slimmer, just like wearing a dress does, because it creates a long, unbroken line. This works best when the top and bottom are an exact match, creating no horizontal lines across the body at all. You can also get this look with a dress and matching coat, as shown in the Akris example above.
This idea of a perfect match is all well and good if you can drop everything to run out and buy a matching outfit that fits perfectly on top and on bottom - but really, how often does that happen?
If you love the idea of a single-colored outfit, but you either want to shop your closet or have a range of options across brands to achieve a better fit, try these variations:
- Pairing different colors within the same family, such as marina blue and cobalt blue or olive green and moss green.
- Pairing different tones & shades of the same color, such as a pale gray with a dark gray.
- Pairing different colors that are adjacent to one another on the color wheel, such as magenta pink and purple.
- Pairing a color with a neutral of the same undertone, such as red with chocolate brown, or teal with navy blue.
- Pairing a solid color with a print within the same color family.
I actually really, really love this look, but I find I don't always have the courage to pull it off! In a season when many default to all-black, this can feel like a whole lot of color.
If you are like me and love the idea of a whole-in-one outfit but feel it looks too bold or matchy-matchy for your taste, you can try sticking to casual fabrics like denim twill or cotton knits. You can also break up the "onesie" feeling by pairing items in contrasting textures, like satin and boiled wool.
Anyone interested in this trend?