How to pull off a monochrome look with ease

  • Shweta Mehta Sen, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 14:14 IST

Interesting layers may be the best way to add some spunk to your wardrobe for Mumbai's not-so-chilly winter. But this time, avoid colour-blocking and pick pieces from the same or similar colour palette instead.

"Monochrome, which means wearing only one colour or shades of it, is a favourite on the ramp as well as with celebrities. However, it's a tricky trend to pull off," says stylist Sheena Bajaj.

Adopting this trend incorrectly may well make you end up looking too matchy, top- or bottom heavy or just too forced in your effort. Here's some celebrity inspiration, and a few tips to keep in mind to rock this look.

10 commandments to follow
* Designer Nachiket Barve shares a list of 10 dos and don'ts for pulling off the monochrome look with ease:
* Proportion is vital; your outfit must be flattering to your body type. Use deeper colours to camouflage flaws.
* Two or three tones are enough. You don't have to go overboard with mixing for the sake of it.
* It's a good idea to offset your monochrome outfit with a neutral accessory.

From L to R: Sonam Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Rekha

* Layering is a good idea for mixing colours, rather than colour-blocking within one piece.
* A play of fabrics such as linen with chiffon, silk and organza within the palette adds interest.
* A dash of metallic's can add fun to your ensemble.
* It's a great idea to take a picture of yourself in the outfit and see how it looks before stepping out. Sometimes, it sounds better in your head or in theory than it does when executed.
* A vertical play of colour-blocking can give you the illusion of slimness.
* Stay within a close range of tones and then add one pop of colour to lift the look.
* Work with colours that flatter you, and don't follow a trend blindly.

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