- Why you should embrace monochromatic outfits when you are petite
- Be aware – red and pink add weight
- Tricks to keep a monochromatic outfit from boring
- See this lovely Lady in Red inspired look with a skirt
- Midlife women can wear an all red look
- Know when to add a pop of color
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Why you should embrace monochromatic outfits when you are petite
Wearing one color all over is a monochromatic look. Such outfit creates a long vertical line and gives the illusion of height. This look is especially flattering on petites when styled in dark (visually slimming) color like black, navy, hunter green, dark chocolate, you get the idea.A monochromatic look gives the illusion of being taller than you are. Click To Tweet
Be aware – red and pink add weight
When red is tricky to wear for you, make sure that you pick a vertically structured pattern or anything that enhances the vertical line, e.g., a V-neck, open cardigan, open blazer, or like I did, a vertical cable knit. The long necklace adds a vertical line too to provide the illusion of height, i.e. offset the “seemingly added pounds.”
Tricks to keep a monochromatic outfit from boring
Wearing a monochromatic outfit requires some thoughts to not look boring. Monochromatic – as the word says – means one color only. To get the monochromatic look right create interest with a play of texture vs. no texture and/or matte vs. shine. Here I picked a sweater with a small cable knit pattern (see last photo for a close-up). The leather of the pumps is polished and shiny, while the suede of the pants look duff.
See this lovely Lady in Red inspired look with a skirt
At the last dance training, the song “Lady in Red” was played. It gave me the inspiration for this work outfit. A red cashmere sweater paired with a suede red straight skirt. I have both items in my closet since late last winter. It had never occurred to me before to wear them together. I really missed out a great outfit for way too long.
I first tried out to go for an ageless monochromatic look and added my red high heeled Gloria Vanderbilt pumps. But I did not like what I saw. It looked liked trying too hard or maybe even like a costume. It reminded me of “Rosenrot” (rose red), a character in a German fairy tale, who used to wear red roses, a red bow in her hair, a red dress, a red bag, red coat, red shoes, red everything.
Thus, I tried these neutral kitten heel pumps and I liked wearing the outfit with these neutral pumps much better. These pumps do not call for additional attention as their heel is relatively low and the colors are neutrals. Thus, these mixed metal pumps won. I completed the outfit with two colorful bangles, a watch, earrings, and a necklace. And of course, I wore my signature cuff.
How do you get your outfit inspirations?
Midlife women can wear an all red look
You don’t need to pass the hot red trend though with these easy tricks. I picked my turtleneck red cashmere sweater as the knit pattern adds interest with its structure. The vertical lines of the cable knit offset the “adding weight” by the red color. The suede breaks the light differently depending on how the suede is orientated with respect to the light. These Peter Kaiser low heel cap toe pumps have a snake pattern on the caps (read different structure and reflection of light) and two different shades of red. The black belt and pearls help to break the all red outfit up a bit.
Pro tip: When wearing red in midlife, look for vertical lines (darts, knit pattern, stripes) to give the illusion of height.
Do you like monochromatic outfits? In which color do you style monochromatic looks? Let me know, I am curious.
Know when to add a pop of color
For the commute to work I wore my red pea coat and swapped the red pumps for winter appropriate booties. I added a big leopard print purse to carry my pumps, a red floral print scarf, head band to keep my ears warm and brown gloves. Adding these minimal colors keeps the outerwear outfit from being boring. The look of the red suede and the coarse molten are too similar to keep the look in all red.
Always pick up the colors that show from the “indoor outfit” in your outerwear. Repeat colors for extra style. In the outfit below, I wore my short shearling coat and added a red floral patterned scarf, a black hat, and my red Celine bag.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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