Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter

Rachel Off Duty: Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter

There’s an effortlessness to monochrome style that I think a lot of people are somewhat hesitant about (myself included). Get it right, and you look like someone who understands style and color to a T. Get it wrong, on the other hand, and you might wind up looking like someone who hasn’t grown out of his or her matching set-wearing childhood days.

While there’s no real formula to what makes a good monochrome look (besides all components being of the same, or similar, colorway), the most important thing you can do is to put your outfit together with intention. Make sure every single piece of clothing you select helps to cultivate the overall statement you’re trying to make. And, if you think wearing all of one color is a bit too daunting, pick pieces that are similar in hue so that you get the overall monochrome look without having to match everything perfectly. Adding one “statement” texture helps to break up the look and make it less “matchy,” too.

Rachel Off Duty: Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter

I was doing a little Christmas gift planning, and I received a gorgeous custom-engraved Jord wooden watch that I am giving to my mom (but not without taking it for a quick spin myself first! Sorry mom). While it’s not the same color as the rest of my outfit, I was initially inspired by the slate and rose gold tones in the watch face, and the overall “neutral” look that the sandalwood timepiece gave off. I wanted to wear something that was influenced by the idea of winter whites and neutrals (despite being in California where it’s literally still 85 degrees outside), so I styled my take on monochrome with a cool gray cowl neck sweater (for that touch of texture I mentioned earlier!), a beige scallop hem mini skirt, and light pink flats.

Rachel Off Duty: Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter

The overall look accomplishes the idea of monochrome style without necessarily needing to match every element 100%. Adding little touches like texture (the sweater), an eye-catching statement (the scallop hem) or some subtle contrast contrast (the wooden watch and the pink flats) allow you to ease your way into a monochrome look that looks intentionally put together without coming off as overdone.

Rachel Off Duty: Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Mastering Monochrome Style this Winter

This piece is part of a holiday collaboration with JORD Wooden Watches. All thoughts, opinions, and styling tips are my own.

WHAT I WORE:

Sandalwood & Slate Frankie35 Series Women's Watch | JORD Wooden Watches (get your own and save 25% here!) • Scallop Hem Mini Skirt | ASOS • Cowl Neck Sweater | Express • Blush Flats | Next Official • Black Cross-body Purse | Shop Anneise