How to pull off a monochrome look with ease

Interesting layers may be the best way to add some spunk to your wardrobe. Now, sporting just one colour or various shades of it is catching on with celebrities. Experts share their dos and don'ts for the look.
Hindustan Times | By Shweta Mehta Sen, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2014 02:14 PM 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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