The Beginner's Guide to Mastering Monochromatic Looks

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THE COLOR: GRAY
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Anyone can wear head-to-toe black—it's safe, it's fast, it's easy. It's also been done. The only other way to achieve the same chic effect, but in an unexpected way is to dabble in literally any other color on the spectrum. You can channel Lupita Nyong'o and go bold and wonderfully bright with fuchsia or siren red, or you can dial it down with muted shades, a la Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.

It's scary—we get it. After so many years of being conditioned to avoid doubling or tripling up on the same color, committing to a single shade can feel like you're crossing into taboo territory. A few helpful pointers: Start with a color you're comfortable with (like navy or gray), introduce texture wherever you can to add depth and dimension, and break things up with tonal shades. To put this into action, we compiled a beginner's guide and pieced together three outfits that make monochromatism completely doable. Start shopping, below.

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THE COLOR: TAN

THE COLOR: TAN
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Pull from beige, ivory, and warm sienna to create an overall "tan" look without actually using tan pieces. An abundance of texture, like soft wool, suede, and open knits, help add dimension, too.

Shop the look: Zara sweater, $40; zara.com. Cos coat, $275; cosstores.com. Madewell skirt, $98; madewell.com. Vince bag, $445; vince.com. Sam Edelman boots, $170; lordandtaylor.com.

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THE COLOR: NAVY

THE COLOR: NAVY
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There isn't as much freedom for navy, tonally speaking. Instead, break up the solid shade with hardware, like the grommets of a belt or the chain strap of your purse.

Shop the look: Tibi dress, $525; tibi.com. J.Crew leather jacket, $550; jcrew.com. Diane von Furstenberg earrings, $48; amazon.com. Zara crossbody bag, $139; zara.com. Kate Spade boots, $475; lordandtaylor.com.

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THE COLOR: GRAY

THE COLOR: GRAY
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You've got the whole tonal layers thing down pat. The next step? Tailored, streamlined separates for maximum polish.

Shop the look: Uniqlo turtleneck, $50; uniqlo.com. Melissa Joy Manning earrings, $40; ylang23.com. Theory coat, $795; theory.com. Maje pants, $133 (originally $295); theoutnet.com. Marks & Spencer ankle boots, $55; marksandspencerlondon.com.

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