If you are not sure how to wear monochrome, then this short guide has all the looks you need to know to look savvy in the street. For those who aren’t quite ready to embrace those bold statement black and dark contrasting colour palettes, then take a deep breath and read on, because we’ve got some alternatives for you.
Black and dark contrasting (or styling), is better known as applying monochromatics. Paired successfully, it can create some of the most timeless looks in a man’s wardrobe thanks to its birth and development within the history of men’s fashion. In the 17th and 18th century, monochromes were more associated with formal wear and functions. However, modern times are less constricted these days, therefore it’s easier for the everyday man on the street with little to no fashion knowledge to create smart or casual black and dark paired outfits that look stylish and unfussy.
“To achieve the nonchalance which is absolutely necessary for a man, one article at least must not match” – Hardy Aimes
The basic nature of monochrome allows style choices to be easily paired, creating a tirelessly masculine edge with any look. When styling monochrome try to keep it fun by altering the textures within your outfits; consider two tone, patchwork and leather options to create interest as well as contrast and variety.
If past century chic isn’t really you, then it is easy to go for a stylish monochrome updated look that won’t make you look like you’re going to the office (or the theatre). Try a strongly contrasting graphic t-shirt alongside more urban influenced black joggers and trainers for an understated but thought out look.
Although black and dark sounds rather contrived and there’s no cause for you to lose any creativity when it comes to styling in it. Interesting concepts and a clever variety of patterns and fabrics can create a look that’s captivating, current and contemporary. Always remember the age old styling rule as well; a carefully chosen piece of jewellery can help bring an outfit together.
The reason why monochrome was originally seen as a pairing for the more formal events was simply at that time, these colours were perceived to be classics. Putting them into such a combination that avoided the clashing of other colours could ensure that your outfit is kept simple and smart. Let your appearance and attitude do the talking.
Article: Charles Daniel McDonald
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