Want to make sure that your outfit matches? Well, wearing top-to-toe color is probably the easiest way to do that, while creating plenty of impact. Plus, monochrome looks happen to be very on trend right now. Take a look at these monochrome outfits, which use the same hue with monochrome clothes and accessories.

How to create a monochrome outfit

Using separates in the same color will create more drama, but you can always “cheat” with a dress or jumpsuit. If you really want to get the monochrome look, you’ll want to carry the color through to your shoes and accessories too.

Boma wears an all-black outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Boma @mrs.gaf above chooses an all black outfit. She even carries the shade down to her toe nails! Black can be a tricky color to wear as it can be draining, but you could choose a white collar, and still achieve a monochrome look.

Get her outfit with this similar top, wide pants, sandals, bag, belt and earrings.

Tips for creating monochrome outfits

1. Choose your favorite, flattering color

These monochrome outfits show that all-one-color is super stylish | 40plusstyle.com

You can create a monochrome outfit in any color at all. Choose your favorite – the color that lifts your mood and flatters your skintone.

Natalia @odin.stylish.me above chooses similar shades of blue from her shoes to her shirt, and adds a pop of green.

Recreate her outfit with this similar shirt, skirt, sandals, handbag, necklace and sunglasses.

2. You could rearrange your closet

Abi wears a monochrome outfit of white and cream | 40plusstyle.com

If you feel that you never have anything to wear, you can shop your own closet by arranging it in a different way. Why not arrange everything by color, and then see if you can create outfits using the same color pathways.

Abi @stealmystyle40 above shows how you can create an outfit of whites and creams.

Steal her look with this similar T-shirt, jogger pants, sneakers, sweater and earrings.

Also look at how to rearrange your closet for lots of new outfit ideas.

3. Use different textures for your monochrome clothes

Jess wears a monochrome outfit in dark green | 40plusstyle.com

To make sure that your outfit of all one color doesn’t get boring, one tip is to use lots of different textures.

Jess @elegantlydressedandstylish above (read her style interview here) opts for an outfit of dark green, with the textures of lace, wool and her padded handbag.

Get her look with this similar cardigan, lace skirt, sandals, bag, earrings and brooch.

4. You can use different shades in your monochromatic outfit

Patricia wears a beige monochrome outfit | 40plusstyle.com

All-one-color doesn’t necessarily mean the same shade. You can use the same color pathway but in different shades. For example, you can opt for black, white and gray. Or you can choose pale blues and navy.

Patricia @madamechicbcn above (read her style interview here) chooses different shades of brown and beige. She adds interest with the fluffy texture of her cardigan, and the print on her hat.

Check out this similar top, cardigan, pants, sneakers, beret and sunglasses.

5. Suits will always work for monochrome style

Melissa wears a pink monochrome outfit | 40plusstyle.com

If you aren’t sure how to put together a monochrome outfit, then a suit will always work, and suits are very much on trend this season. Choose a suit in a color that you wouldn’t necessarily wear to the office.

Melissa @melissabultburns above chooses a bold, pink look, and matches her suit to the stripes in her blouse.

Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, blazer, trousers (similar suit set) and sneakers.

Monochrome outfits for you to try

Now, let’s take a look at some stylish monochrome examples:

A bright suit

J.Crew is a good place to look for bright suits, like the orange jacket and pants (below). You can keep the look casual with a t-shirt and sneakers. Or, you can dress up the look with heels and a silk blouse or camisole.

Orange suit | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Willa BlazerJ.Crew Essential PantLiverpool Stripe Slim Fit T-ShirtNew Balance® 327 SneakersALDO Drinna Faux Leather Crossbody BagMadewell Tangled Huggie Earrings

Also look at our article on color combinations to wear with orange.

Emerald green

Green is very much on trend at the moment, and looks lovely for summer. If you have events or parties coming up, you could opt for a green dress.

Green dress outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Fraiche by J Puff Sleeve Faux Wrap Maxi DressSanctuary Admire Asymmetric Strappy SandalKurt Geiger London Small Shoreditch Convertible Crossbody BagNadri Omega Collar NecklaceMonica Vinader Siren Bezel Set Drop Earrings

There are more tips here in this article on how to wear green.

Bright red

Red will always get you noticed for all the right reasons and is flattering for all skintones. A red maxi dress is a glamorous, but easy way to get a red monochrome look for summer.

If red isn’t your thing, the Loveappella maxi dress (below) comes in 10 different shades, so you can choose your favorite color.

Red maxi dress | 40plusstyle.com

Loveappella V-Neck Jersey Maxi DressSam Edelman Bay Cutout Slide SandalL.L.Bean Zip Top Boat & Tote BagMapofBeauty Braided Rope Tornado Necklace

You’ll find more tips and red outfits in this article on how to wear red – a comprehensive guide which also includes a video on choosing your best shade of red.

A blue dress to dress up or down

Cos is a good go-to if you want timeless clothes with a bit of an edge that you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion. You could easily wear the ruched dress (below) for day or night.

Blue ruched dress | 40plusstyle.com

COS Gathered Midi DressTOMS Marisela Wedge SandalHOBO Sheila CrossbodyStella + Ruby Stone Drop Earrings

Shades of beige

Beige has an unfair reputation for being boring. But, it definitely doesn’t have to be. Choose different shades and textures to put together a neutral outfit. Plus, you can keep your look hip with a moto jacket.

Neutral outfit | 40plusstyle.com

AllSaints Dalby Leather Biker JacketReiss Haley Silk Button-Up ShirtNordstrom High Waist Wide Leg PantsNine West Milday Ankle Strap SandalSolene Foldover ClutchBaubleBar Klara Necklace

You might also want to look at our article on how to wear beige over 40.

Light and dark blue

As you will have a pair of blue jeans in your closet, they can be an easy starting point for a monochrome blue outfit. You could choose a similar blue to your jeans or a paler shade.

Blue monochrome outfit | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Willa BlazerCinq à Sept Lorainne Ruched Dolman Sleeve Silk TopNili Lotan Corette High Waist Wide Leg JeansMettesally Kitten Heels Suede PumpKate Spade New York Morgan Saffiano Double Leather Crossbody BagJ.Crew Faceted Stone Necklace

For more tips, check our article on how to wear jeans over 40.

Black and white

Mixing black with white is always a classic color palette. To make sure the black doesn’t drain your skintone, you could keep the white towards your face.

Black and white outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Cinq à Sept Ayala Braided Cotton Blend JacketMassimo Dutti Cotton T-ShirtVince Camuto Wide Leg TrousersMassimo Dutti Leather FlatsProenza Schouler White Label Small Accordian Flap Leather Shoulder BagJane Stone Teardrop Bib Bubble Necklace

Also look at our articles on how to wear black and white.

Monochrome made for you

An easy way to get a monochrome look is to choose a ready-made outfit. The AllSaints dress (below) comes with a matching sweater.

orange outfit | 40plusstyle.com

AllSaints Sassi Strappy Sain Slipdress with Crop SweaterSchutz Binky Strappy Slingback SandalDasein Suede Evening ClutchOpen Edit Hoop Drop Earrings

Shades of gray

Mixing shades of gray can give you a professional look. Or, for evening, you could always mix gray with silver.

Gray outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Cole Haan Classic Belted Trench CoatVeronica Beard Keora Poplin Button-Up ShirtANINE BING Classic PantDavid Tate Colette Cap Toe PumpANINE BING Colette BagTory Burch Eleanor Small Hoop Earrings

Read our guide on how to wear gray over 40.

Monochrome capsule

Below, you can see the monochrome outfits from above together in one capsule. On days when you want to mix things up a little, you could always wear the colors with each other to create more looks.

Monochrome outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Shop the monochrome outfits below

Continue reading:

  1. How To Wear Red – Your Comprehensive Guide On Wearing The Color Of Love!
  2. How To Wear Green – Which Of These Color Palettes And Outfits Is Your Favorite?
  3. My Secrets On How To Color Block Your Outfits Effortlessly

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