monochromatic dressing

Joanna, 24

“I stopped shopping retail years ago, so thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales have largely shaped my personal style. I like for my looks to always have a playful twist, for them to be on the verge of ridiculous and costumey, but not quite there. I love dressing monochromatically and as of late cannot stop wearing all red. Here I’m wearing a thrifted kilt-like skirt paired with vintage booties I got at a vintage expo in LA, a faux-fur trim coat I found years ago at a thrift store in San Diego, and of course, my matching red wool hat and red sunglasses.”

Dec 4, 2016 ∙ Alameda
Midnight Cinderella Suitor’s Fashions

@aquisces-arts wanted to see what the suitors would look like in modern clothes, so I did my best conceptualizing what each would wear and why.

Let’s start with King Byron:

Byron dresses very monochromatically– wearing different shades of black head to toe, and choosing gold accents that catch the light. 

If you look at his hair, you can see that his wisps are very controlled. Even his cowlick is styled neatly. He would probably use a light pomade. The details on the jeans give texture without distraction, like his black casual shirt in the game. 

The gold zipper on the knees also satisfies his love of gold hardware. If you notice, Byron does not wear jewelry aside from his earring, which he shares with Nico, so I think a planetary key chain would be a good choice for him, as it combines his star-gazing hobby with an outlet for an accessory.

Of course, a Rolex is a must, and I think he would always give himself a chaste spritz of cologne before stepping out of the door. This scent is unisex and has a dry-down that smells of vanilla, woods and leather.

I don’t think he would shy away from stylish shoes– he may even be a subtle trend-setter. Because Byron can hold his liquor with the best of them, and because he doesn’t tend to let himself get too casual out in the open, I thought martini glass novelty socks would be a fun twist. It would be his own little secret. While it may not be that wild of a thing for the rest of us, considering Byron’s aloof personality, he may feel that it really is daring indeed.

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Stop Generic Characterization 2k15

Characters don’t need to be generic to appeal to a variety of people, they need to be compelling. 

Something that I’ve noticed for a while is that, in games and films and books, there’s this idea that the lead character needs to be a sort of ‘generic’ person (you know the protagonists who are heroic but slightly troubled men between 25 and 35 who dress monochromatically and have a bit of stubble? Yeah), so that the item in question will have the widest possible appeal. 

First of all:


Let me explain:

For one thing, you just can’t boil humans down into a Generic Person. Attempts to do so don’t reflect people as a whole so much as they reflect who is in power- who’s making media and who’s marketing media, and what they consider the norm. 

For two things, I don’t see films or read or play games to meet the same thinly developed archetype in different alternate universes doing different things. The heart of a story is the people that the story is about- so they should really be as compelling, thought out, and interesting as possible. Storytelling means that you can meet hundreds and hundreds of different kinds of people with almost no no social anxiety attached- so what gives with trying to skimp on the kinds of people I can meet? 

Let’s get some variety up in this. 


Head-to-Toe Monochrome

The tips and tricks of wearing all one color

When it comes to dressing monochromatic, an outfit can look off very easily. One common mistake is stepping outside your color zone. It’s important, when wearing one tone, that you pair similar shades together for the best and most chic result. For inspiration, we found a few images that hit monochrome style perfectly on the nose. From street style star Olivia Palermo in head-to-toe grey to blogger and photographer Hanneli Mustaparta in bright white, see how the pros wear all one color and shop their go-to shades today!

Grey Matter

Olivia Palermo at London Fashion Week Spring 2015.

Flared Dress

JANESSA LEONE ‘Rhonda’ fedora

JIL SANDER ‘Xiao’ shoulder bag

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White Out

Photographer/blogger Hanneli Mustaparta and stylist Ada Kokosar at New York Fashion Week Spring 2015.

Belted shirttail dress

Saffiano Mini Bucket Bag

ASOS Pea Coat With Vintage Detail In Swing

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Red Hot

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015.

Nasty Gal In Deep Romper

Leather Pouch

Sisley Coat in Bright Red

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Pale Pink

Australian Fashion Week Spring 2014.

Suede Boxy Biker Jacket

Chunky Ribbed Crop Jumper

The Fling Corduroy Jeans - PINK

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Stop, You’re Making Me Blush

Monochrome In Skin Tones

I’ve always been a fan of monochromatic outfits, but like many New Yorkers I tend to gravitate towards the darker side with the “all-black-everything” look. This spring, I’m trying to step out of that comfort zone and pull off the monochrome look in lighter neutrals. Skin tones, flesh tones, blush tones…whatever you wanna call them - I’m really loving the combination of hues in this outfit. I paired this structured neoprene shirt in a light nude color with a pair of pale pink trousers, and chose dark shoes and accessories to add a subtle break to the soft color palette. When you stick with similar colors, the result is always minimal and sophisticated, so I’m excited to see what other color options I can play with when it comes to monochromatic dressing.


Calvin Klein Shirt // ASOS Trousers // ASOS Sandals // ASOS Hat