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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Monochrome



Monochromatic looks.  I used to not be into them, not because I didn't like them but because I didn't know they were possible.  And now I'm diggin' em!  I used to be all about colors opposite each other on the color wheel, and I still am, but I didn't know you could also wear colors so close together, like mixing different shades of pink.  Over the past year I've also mixed a different shades of blue/teal/green in the same outfit.  Allowing myself to utilize colors this way opens up a bunch of outfit possibilities I wouldn't have otherwise tried!  Would you wear a monochromatic outfit?  

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Shop the Look:
Sweater: Forever 21 (exact--only $10!)
Pants: Kohl's (similar, similar)
Necklace: H&M (similar, similar)
Tote: ebags.com (exact)
Pumps: Target (exact)


26 comments:

  1. I'm getting more comfortable with the idea of mixing colours like this....still not fully on board, but there are a few colour combinations that I'm really liking (mint and melon, cobalt and mustard), and I'm working on incorporating those into my repertoire.

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  2. this is gorgeous! :) love the maroon with coral.

    kw ladies in navy

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  3. I love monochromatic! I probably did this more than the color blocking lol. To me, color blocking was being brave.

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  4. I would have never thought to wear these colours together, but it looks fantastic! You have such a good eye for these things. Also, thanks for the heads up about StyleUp - I just signed up and I love it so far!

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  5. Stephanie GuilerThursday, March 21, 2013

    love those colors together on you! and the necklace is fab! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  6. Wearing one today! Mauve-y pink sweater with purple skinnies and burgundy pumps. This is out of my comfort zone too but I think it works.

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  7. Love this look Audrey!!! I'm doing a link up next thursday. Would love it if you joined.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  8. Loving the monochromatic look! I think I actually need to do this a little more.
    Looks great on you.


    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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  9. I love these colors together! It's such a pretty look. I am definitely going to have to give a monochromatic look a try!

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  10. Hmmm...I should try that. :-) To me "monochromatic" has always meant all black! Which is kind of a signature thing for me. But the past couple years I've been trying to branch out from black.

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  11. Waiiit, is this the same $10 sweater that you had in navy? the one that I WANTED IN CORAL WHICH IS THE ONE THAT YOU ARE WEARING? Ugh. I need it.


    I don't know if it's just my computer screen, but the colors don't quite seem monochromatic to me, because the pants are more of a purpley hue and the sweater is coral... but that doesn't mean it doesn't look good. I like it!

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  12. this is not a monochromatic outift, it's a hokie outfit!! go virginia tech!!! :D

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  13. Love the outfit and the fresh colors!

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  14. I like this look, but I don't really consider it monochromatic. Sometimes I do a monochromatic sweater and shirt, but I've never done a whole look.


    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  15. I agree, the top is coral and the bottoms are more magenta. They're not close enough on the color wheel to be considered the same. But that sweater is gorgeous on you, Audrey! And I love your necklace!

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  16. Thanks Ruthie! I think that problem with Blogger changing the color of my pics is affecting what this outfit looks like because this sweater is on the pinker side (like a really bright one too!) in real life. But aside from that, I guess someone needs to teach me what monochromatic is. I know there's a strict definition for it being a look of one color, but other looks I've seen in magazines that were considered "monochromatic" seemed to have a looser definition that simply mixed colors that were somewhat similar. Or even a picture like this: http://manic-otaku.deviantart.com/art/Monochromatic-Landscape-123416721, which is closer to what my outfit looks like. I know the looser definitions that magazines have been referring to might not be a TRUE definition of monochromatic, but that's what I was going off of. It sounds like that's not acceptable, though?

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  17. Heather BoschkeFriday, March 22, 2013

    I really love this tone on tone look - what a gorgeous way to do monochrome without looking boring!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  18. I like this idea. Today I'm doing something similar, dark plum skinny pants, dark denim jacket, navy chucks and a purple scarf, with a cream top for a bit of contrast.

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  19. Just to add, technically it would be an Analogous color scheme, using colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, but I think you're right in the comment below, magazines use the term monochromatic very loosely, probably because most people wouldn't know what Analogous means!

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  20. My favorite way of dressing is tone on tone. This is a really pretty color combo, Audrey!

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  21. This is a very pretty color pairing, Audrey! My definition of monochromatic dressing is to wear colors in the same family, which I think you're doing here, as the colors fall into the category of "pinks". It's my favorite way of dressing because you often do end up with unique combination of colors.

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  22. Oh I don't know what I'm talking about. I think my definition of monochromatic may be more strict than the real definition is? I don't know. You look fabulous and I love your blog, thanks for the inspiration and your genuine voice. You keep it real, yo. :B

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  23. Love this look!

    x Light & Sweet

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  24. I wore an aqua skirt, teal shirt, and turquoise jewelry to church today, and immediately thought of you and this post!

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  25. The artist in me can't contain herself, and the teacher in me is dying to teach. I apologize for the length of this comment in advance.

    In "art speak," monochromatic refers to a color scheme that uses just one color--like blue--in different shades. Basically, you would start with one bottle of paint, and add black to make it darker and white to make it lighter. Here is a perfect example from Pable Pacasso: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/pablo-picasso-the-blue-period-tracey-harrington-simpson.html, Put another way, it's like basing an outfit off of all of the colors on one paint chip: light coral, coral, and dark coral.

    The outfit above more closely aligns with the art term analogous, which is a color scheme consisting of colors that are beside each other on the color wheel, such as red, orange, and yellow (in that order). Here is a good example of an analogous color scheme by Georgia O'Keefe:http://allirooney.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/red-canna.jpg?w=580

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