The Case for Wearing Only One Color

Monochromatic outfits are quick, easy and super slimming

What’s the hardest part of getting dressed every morning? Matching one piece to another, right? 

Enter the monochromatic outfit--a foolproof way for looking instantly put together. These are the best colors for tonal looks.


Total no-brainer. As easy as it is chic, the all-black outfit should be a staple in your wardrobe (even in the summer).

Get the look: Gap tee ($25); Topshop pants ($38)

monochromatic gray


Spice up a pantsuit with a coordinating graphic tee that indulges your inner nerd. Or opt for a plain tee that still adds that element of softness.

Get the look: Ted Baker pants ($157) and jacket ($255)

monochromatic navy


Peekaboo bra optional. Otherwise, treat navy just as you would black or gray and mix structured pieces with feminine layers.

Get the look: J.Crew pants ($98) and jacket ($198)

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Street Peeper


Perfect in the summer (but gaining in popularity for the winter), white on white sends an especially polished message.

Get the look: Banana Republic top ($70); Sea skirt ($225)

monochromatic blush
We Wore What


Admittedly, this a tougher color to find coordinating separates. However, a jumpsuit plus flats and a panama hat? Worth the shopping trip.

Get the look: Ramy Brook jumpsuit ($425); Cuyana hat ($65)

monochromatic cobalt


As you can see, monochromatic outfits are easiest with neutral colors. But Sandra Bullock proves bold colors don’t have to be off-limits. Just proceed with caution (i.e., maybe steer clear of yellow).

Get the look: Emporio Armani pants ($186); Sam Edelman top ($80)

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...