6 Monochrome Outfits For Summer
Monochromatic outfits have been really on-trend over the past few years and it looks like they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. What I love about monochromatic looks is that they’re so easy to throw together when you don’t want to have to think about it too hard or put a ton of effort into planning your outfit for the day. Plus, a streamlined, monochromatic look always makes me feel confident, put together, and powerful! You can throw together a monochromatic look any time of year but I’m sharing 5 options that are perfect for summer…
If you’re interested in even more monochromatic looks, check out this post too! I also share some fun pink outfits for women over 40 including monochromatic outfits here.
Black Tank & Pants
First up is a no-brainer…an all-black outfit! Although black isn’t the most summery color option, most women have plenty of black pieces in their wardrobe to throw together an outfit just like this one. In this look, I’m wearing a pair of super lightweight black pants and a black tank. These pants are the ones I featured in my summer travel capsule. They are SO good. They are paper thin, have an elastic waistband, and have a flattering wide-leg silhouette. They’re so soft and comfy, they feel like yoga pants but look more like trousers. Lightweight, breathable pants are the key to pulling off an all-black summer outfit. I paired it with a cutout tank by LNA that’s super lightweight, breathable, and soft. It has a ribbed fabric that makes it a little more casual. It’s one of those tanks you can throw on during the summer with any bottoms in your closet. On my feet, I’m wearing a pair of neutral wedges. When it comes to monochrome looks, you don’t have to wear matching shoes. Just make sure to wear something neutral that matches your skin tone to keep the line long and lean.
White Top & Pants
If you like the look of #1 but want something a little more summery, consider an all-white look. Black and white are common colors in most women’s wardrobes, which is why we’re starting with those. But don’t worry, I’m sharing some colorful options next
I shared this set in this post where we featured 20+ amazing summer finds under $150 so make sure you check that out next if you’re looking for affordable summer fashion. It’s a top by Bobi that’s in this super soft gauzy cotton. You can wear it off the shoulder or on the shoulder, it’s cropped, has a lot of elastic, is very comfortable, breathable, and…it’s a set! I’m wearing it with the matching pants in the same comfortable gauzy fabric. This is the perfect beach or lake outfit. It’s so breezy, comfortable, chic, and fun!
Blue Blazer & Shorts
Another great way to wear a monochromatic look for summer is with a shorts suit! I LOVE this matching shorts and blazer set from Alice & Olivia. This bright cobalt blue looks so good on so many skin tones too. The blazer and shorts are made of a linen and cotton blend so it’s lightweight for summer. You can wear each of these pieces separately but together they really pack quite the punch. The shorts are high-rise, have functioning gold buttons, and have about a 3″ inseam. The cropped blazer has an open front, notch lapels, and the same matching gold buttons on the cuff as you see on the shorts. To complete the look, I’m wearing a white tank that has cool chain detailing around the neck, some pearl hoops, and a pair of Valentino Rockstud espadrille wedges. This outfit is such a sophisticated head-turner for summer and a fun way to try monochrome!
If you’re looking for even more chic, special occasion outfits like this one, make sure you check out this post next!
Green Pants & Vest
If you’re looking for a cool-girl monochromatic outfit for work, this Ramy Brook set is the answer. How chic is this!? This is definitely an unexpected, cool office outfit but you can easily wear this to dinner or GNO too! Vests and cargo pants are very on-trend right now and this set covers both. The vest has a tailored, flattering fit with a V-neckline, an adjustable back, and pretty gold buttons. The matching cargo pants are the perfect lightweight fabric for summer. This head-to-toe monochromatic look is also super elongating and slimming. The pants are a little long on me (I’m 5’4”) so I’m wearing them with platform sandals.
Tan Pants & Vest
This is another monochromatic pants and vest look worn by my sweet friend Melissa Meyers, @TheGlowGirl. The Song of Style pleated linen pants and matching vest are made of the perfect lightweight fabric for summer. You could easily wear this look to the office and just add a blazer but it’s perfect for lunch with the girls too. Just swap out the heels for platform sneakers or sandals if you want more of a casually cool vibe. You could also wear the pants with a white t-shirt if vests aren’t your thing, and still keep a monochromatic color story. So simple and so elegant!
Off-White Blouse & Jeans
This last look is a great example of how pulling off a monochrome outfit does NOT mean you have to wear the exact same color throughout. A head-to-toe look should have varying tones and textures within the same color family, but they don’t have to be perfectly matching or one single color. In this look, I’m wearing an off-white top by Acler. The sleek neckline draws the eye upward and the strategic ruching on the sides helps camouflage any lumps or bumps you might be looking to minimize. It’s super versatile and easy to dress up or down. I’m wearing it casually with a pair of white, wide-leg jeans but you could also style it with trousers and skirts too.
If you’re searching for more slimming tops like this one, make sure you check out this post next.
What’s your favorite way to wear monochrome looks during the summer? Let us know in the comments below!
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