Work Wear: Build an Outfit around a Dominant Color

April 17th, 2009

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One simple way to pull a work outfit together is to build upon a monochromatic foundation, and then play with color with your accessories.  Here’s how to build an outfit around a single dominant color:

1. Start with a blouse and a unstructured skirt in different shades of the same color.  Notice how the light blue shirt plays off the deeper royal blue skirt.
2. Layer on a sweatervest in a third shade of the same color.  The navy blue sweatervest contrasts with both the light blue shirt and the royal blue skirt, but the trio works as a visual group.
3. Toss on a trenchcoat to protect yourself from cool mornings and evenings - and the rain.
4.  Accessorize with complementary colors: a sage green pair of flirty heels and a bright orange handbag.  We’re loving the contrasting colors against the monochromatic blue foundation.

How would you build an outfit around color?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  April 17th, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Awesomeness! I’m always drawn to monochromatic interiors, but afraid of dullness in monochromatic OUTFITS. This is a great formula for keeping it interesting.

  • 2. jennifer in sf  |  April 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Why do I always love the most expensive thing in an outfit? Sigh. Very cute outfit!

  • 3. Mimi  |  April 17th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I love that La Garçonne trench. Don’t like the price but love the coat. Very chic outfit. Nice accessories too!

  • 4. Trisha  |  April 18th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Glad you guys like the outfit…and while that trench is amazing, you can definitely find similar styles at much lower prices. Banana Republic, for one, has well-cut trenches for a fraction of the price :)

  • 5. paris  |  April 23rd, 2009 at 11:41 am

    i have a grey jersey obi belt what type of clothes and fabrics should i wear it with

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