Certain things happen in our lives and serve as a reference for many future inquiries. When I was younger, I once heard that it was not cool to wear garments with the same shade, I would pass on the image of being a stinky, lazy boy. So I thought. The stronger the contrast between one piece and another, the better dressed would I be? [what nonsense]. I can see now how the new trends are breaking old paradigms, which were once considered to be deadly sins. Contemporary man is more interested in relevant tips and basics of how to dress better. Many just want to combine such tips with their lifestyle, without worrying too much about other people’s opinions. From the publicity point of view I always started from the idea that “less is more”, interesting as this theory can be applied also in fashion.
Monochromy and monotony are rhyming words, but need not necessarily have similar meanings. In order to do well in just one color, it is necessary to combine the pieces with wisdom and parsimony. White is always a classic and allows a vast combination of different parts, materials and cuts. You can blend a more opaque texture blaser and a shirt with a brighter fabric, for example. The result is often surprising (1). Not every monochrome look is in All Type format, so to speak. A good hint is to vary the tonalities in order to create an interesting and unusual combined effect, especially when there is a large amount of overlapping of parts (2). Since we can merge shades of the same color, why not leave a shade in evidence and only create a little contrast with another color? To use monochrome it is not obligatory that all the pieces you see are impeccably of the same color source. In this case, the first inner part is white and yet it does not break the intent of the others. This is one of the great permissions that the monochrome gives, of course, using some color that comes into harmony with the whole composition (3).
Here are some inspiring examples:
Monochrome looks are not synonymous with sloppiness or laziness, but style. If well explored, they can compose visuals for any occasion of the day or night with charm and elegance. Productions of this kind do not require more elaborate color and piece planning, and are still valid bets with regard to practicality when composing the visual.