Stark Contrast

Turn heads with monochrome, or head-to-toe color dressing. The look is clean, intentional, sophisticated and oh-so editorial.

Create contrast and interest by varying the hue. Pair burgundy with a brighter red, baby blue with navy, or a sunny yellow with a more somber mustard color. If in doubt, start with black, which is a staple in almost every wardrobe, and virtually error-free.

Going monochromatic also has its practical side. Sticking with one shade visually slims and lengthens the body. If you have multiple separates in a single hue, you can get more mileage from pieces by combining unexpected weights and textures.

The easiest way to start monochromatic dressing is to go with staples of black and white. Pay attention to texture and layer light fabrics with denim and sturdier blazers or jackets. Look for pieces with minimalist lines for a polished look.

Photographer: Tommy Shih,
Fashion Editors: Yu Shing Ting And Nadine Kam
Models: Nalani Ravelo, Wilhelmina Models and Kolten Jensen, Premier Models and Talent
Make-Up: Kecia Littman,
Hair Stylist: Ryan Alcantara


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CO ruffled collar butterfly blouse $650 and scalloped skirt $750, EDDIE BORGO cube bracelet $425, KONSTANTINO ring $510, and ALEXIS BITTAR 'Miss Bittar' lucite chandelier fringe earrings $325, pyramid-cap lucite hinge bracelets $145 each and hinge cuff bracelet $295, all at NEIMAN MARCUS.

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