I’m all into colours.
If you read my blog posts regularly or you are new here, just hoover over the photos quickly and you’ll convince yourself that I’m telling you the truth. Colour, colour, colour. So it was a real challenge for me to write about monochromatic look that got my interest by looking at some Instagram influencers.
I researched a little bit about the monochromatic style and trends around it and I found interesting information about what monochrome is, about monochromatic colour scheme and then monochromatic look or style and even make-up.
Let’s see the definitions of them.
Monochrome is used for paintings, drawings, design, photographs in one colour or values of one colour and in different areas of life,
- for an image it usually refers to black and white or more likely grayscale images;
- in computing there is a phrase ‘monochrome computer display’ that means that computer can display only one colour and it is often green, amber, red or white;
- in photography was used black and white film until mid 20th century and
- in digital photography today, monochrome is the capture of a single hue rather then the colours of the objects photographed. Look at these beautiful photos here: monochromatic24.
Black can be fun too!
Monochrome photos are very popular again as well is monochromatic style or monochromatic make-up which is already pronounced the make-up trend of the year and it means wearing the same colour hues on your lids, cheeks and lips. Candice Chen from The Makeup-Box explains it perfectly in her blog post here.
Monochromatic colours refer to all the colours of a single hue. Adding white to any of the twelve base colours in a Monochromatic Colour Scheme, as the Canadian artist Shirley Wiliams at her blog Color-Weel-Artist.com in a blog post about monochromatic colours talks about, is to get lighter hues called tints or sometimes pastel, for darker hues called shades it is supposed to add black and to tone any colour from the colour wheel, colour grey is that neutral colour to add.
Pastel tones are very usual in instagram photos of many fashion bloggers and influencers and those tones are so calming and secure that I lean to them very often. One has even grey, the colour to get tones, in it’s name, Happily Grey.
Researching all over Google and finding the information about all monochrome or monochromatic I kind of saw it as a challenge for me. But going deeper into the subject I found out that it is not only black and white and maybe grey as I thought monochromatic look is, so I slowly became fond of the mono-colour-style idea.
Nevertheless, I still follow the best blog about black, white and grey outfits Harper and Harley from Australia where it’s founder Sara Donaldson says it all: Dedicated to bringing her readers regular inspiration in the way of creating the perfect wardrobe of key essential pieces, all while staying true to her relaxed chic black, white and grey philosophy.
Of course, as the definition says, monochromatic style means wearing one colour separates in different textures or hues and getting the overall look in one tone. It can actually be very striking and bold wearing the overall outfit within the same colour hue as it is wearing bold patterns or vivid colours. It gives a simpler and cleaner way to put the outfit together.
Two completely different and unique personalities that I admire and follow are yet very similar in the colour hues of monochromatic style. Actually, the monochromatic feeling is spread through their blog posts and photos and outfits so I had to mention them here.
Adriana Gastelum from Mexico but living in Madrid, Spain is one of my favourite bloggers with her Fake Leather blog. The strong statement looks and yet very feminine and stylish are in an overall way a monochromatic story with great photos and neutral colours of the outfits.
The Haute Pursuit on the other hand is the fashion and lifestyle blog with fresh and unique estetique that is brought by Vanessa Hong, Chinese origin but Vancouver, Canada born. Her edgy and eclectic style with black, white and neutral hues with time to time pop of pastel colours or patterns is a great attraction for me.
As I already wrote in my other blog post there are more then 225 hues of blue in the world, there are so many hues of other base colours too. Going in that direction, dressing monochromatically can be fun and interesting after all. But, there are styling secrets to this type of dressing and if you are brave enough to try this style please click this link and download the cheat sheet of styling secrets.