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Three Ways to Wear a Monochromatic Outfit

It's shameful it took me so long to try the monochromatic trend. By worrying that an all-purple ensemble would remind people of Barney or that only Elizabeth Olsen could pull off a red top AND bottom, I was really missing out. I could have saved myself so many stressful mornings. And gotten so many more compliments.

Now that I've finally wised up and embraced the whole one-color thing, I'm making sure you learn from my mistakes. There's no reason to be scared by a head-to-toe hue—just follow my three easy tips in the slideshow below.

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Make Everything Match

To wear this trend in its purest form, do two to three pieces in exactly the same hue. It's very, VERY important that one isn't even the teeniest tiniest bit different than the others because that ruins the entire effect. As far as accessories go—have fun with them! A large swatch of bold color acts a blank canvas for crazy statement necklaces and big bangles.

 

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Try Color-blocking

You can also wear different shades within the same family. But you need to make sure they are on opposite ends of spectrum—otherwise it won't look deliberate. And to keep your outfit from looking too busy, don't do too many versions of the same color: two or three is ideal. Your shoes and bag need not be boring, but they definitely should be neutral.
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Repeat Two Shades

If you want to do one color group head-to-toe, keep your clothes one shade and accessories another. If you like, you can mix in some simple jewelry, but not too much. The outfit is bold enough on its own.
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