Here's how to master it.

By Samantha Sutton
Updated Aug 02, 2019 @ 10:30 am
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We love a shopping spree as much as the next person, but not every trend requires you to break out your credit card. Some actually cost $0 to follow, and monochromic outfits definitely fall under that category.

One-color ensembles have been taking over the runways, and frequently pop up on the red carpet and Instagram. The good news? It's an easy one to try: just grab a top and bottom of the same or similar colors, and boom — you're basically done. The even better news? We've got 30 outfit ideas and tricks to get you started, helping you master monochrome and make getting ready a breeze.

Add Accessories

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If you've already matched your shirt to your pants, add a hat or handbag for a little more oomph.

Keep It Comfy

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This trend makes even oversize sweatshirts and yoga pants feel elevated.

Slip-on Sneakers

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An easy way to achieve the look? Style your favorite shirt dress with kicks of the same color.

Reach For Structured Pants

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Julianne Moore's purple choice made even more of a statement with the help of a purple sweater.

Try a Turtleneck

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Layer it underneath your slip dress for a cool weather look.

Don't Forget Outerwear

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When winter finally arrives, dare to match your jumpsuit or dress to your coat.

Think Outside the Box

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Silver and gray are similar colors, so this pairing them together qualifies as monochrome, too.

Find the Common Color

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So what if nothing matches perfectly? Wearing various shades of green, blue, or red tends to make things more interesting.

Don't Shy Away From Sparkle


Balance out your outfit by wearing a solid-colored coat, just like Jennifer Lopez.

Switch Up Your Suit

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Go with a graphic tee instead of something neutral and structured.

Consider Different Shades

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Style matching sets with items that are a shade or two lighter.

Remember Those Neutrals

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It's a classic,no-fail option.

Mix Prints

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This trick becomes even easier to figure out when pieces are the same color.

Keep Your Bag in Mind

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If you're able to find one that perfectly matches your look, it creates a cool, uniform vibe.

Stick to Classics

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When your staples are all the same shade, they seem anything but boring.

Match Your Shoes

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Just another way to take things up a notch.

Go Bright

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An all-neon outfit is perfect for the final days of summer.

Bring on the Beige

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The neutral seems slightly bolder when styled with other beige pieces.

Add a Pop of Color

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If you're not willing to go all out, add a bright bag and use it as your statement piece.

Play With Texture

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Fuzzy or lace details are another fun way to zhuzh up a one-color outfit.

Pile It All On

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The best part about this trend? There's no such thing as too much.

Stay Simple and Chic

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An easy, five-minute style solution? Matching your shirt and pants like Issa Rae.

It's All in the Details

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Don't forget about belts or even the design on your socks.

Find the Color Family

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Different shades of yellow and orange pair well with leopard print and lighter browns.

Try Different Shapes

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Olivia Munn knows that wearing a crop top with high-waisted pants and heels is a great way to take monochrome from day to night.

Don't Overthink It

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Just layer how you normally would while keeping it all one color.

Make It Work-Appropriate

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It's the same idea as suiting, just with a bit more character.

Have Fun With Layering

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And don't be afraid to add something sheer.

Be Bold With Your Styling

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Even items you wouldn't normally pair together somehow look great when they're part of the same color family. Go ahead and experiment!