Color Block an outfit : the monochromatic way

Whether you follow by the rules of fashion or not is entirely up to you. Personally, I wear what makes me feel good. Yes, time and again, I jump on the trend wagon. Often times, I try to ignore the mainstream trends and stick to ultimately looks good. This brings me to one of my favorite ways of creating an outfit: Color-Blocking!

By definition, color-blocking is thought of as the exploration of taking colors that are opposites on the color wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary color combinations. It is commonly associated in fashion as a trend that originated from the artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.

Whether you know it or not, You too have color-blocked your outfit before. Have you ever worn black and white together? Told you so, you did it without even realizing it. Although at times, it does take a bit of effort, especially if you want to Color-Block your outfit the monochromatic way.

Monochromatic color-blocking, in my opinion, always looks effortless and chic. It starts with one hue of color and extends using the same tones and tints. This works in interior design too or on excel spreadsheets (kidding about the last piece). This is the safest way to dip your feet if you want to give color blocking a try. Then you can move on to Color-Blocking from the same color family (like pinks and reds). Get some inspiration here. And finally you can try to color-block  contrasting tones (like purples and yellows), which is a bit more daring.

Monochromatic Color-Blocking:

Step 1: Start with any piece of clothing you love. In this look, the lilac ‘Patricia’ skirt from Olga Pastyrnak was what the look was based around.
BTW this is the ultimate brand created for women by women. Their dresses and skirts are INCREDIBLE. The fit is everything. If something fits poorly, it will not look good. They keep that in mind when designing their silhouettes and choosing fabrics. The best part is you can order up to 3 sizes (the size you usually wear, which you will indicate at checkout, as well as a size above and a size below), so that you can find your perfect fit in the brand.
At last, a company dedicated to dress you properly!

Step 2: Choose a top in a similar hue. I chose this ruffled brighter pink/purply top. This outfit would look just as classy with a solid white top but why not take it up a notch? I absolutely love this paired together.

Step 3: Shoes! When you have a monochrome look, the shoe is the easiest piece of the puzzle. Any color, tone, style would do. I went with a white mule that I have been living in recently. Silver, gray, even blues would look incredible too.

As with most of the outfits on this blog, they can be worn anywhere, not just the office.
Full disclosure: this look will be on repeat. Sorry, not sorry.

Re-create this look with a show stopping skirt: