The Styling Trick All Fashion Editors Swear By

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Working in the fashion industry, we’ve picked up a plethora of styling tricks along the way. While some are more experimental than others, we always gravitate to a few trusty mainstays when we’re in a sartorial lull. One foolproof strategy we rely on to create a chic ensemble in a snap is monochromatic dressing. As evidenced lately by It girls and street-style stars alike, donning a head-to-toe shade provides an instant sleek, polished vibe and also helps elongate your frame. When choosing your hero hue, we suggest opting for a neutral that won’t drown your body in loud, distracting color. Play with various tones and textures for an interesting, fashion-forward result. Ahead, four monochrome outfits to try, plus we share our tips on how to look like a seasoned fashion editor.

Adam Katz Sinding

One-Color Show

Powder Blue

Wear this feminine frothy blue in a tie-bow blouse and trouser combo for the office. Break it up with dark navy accessories.

The Daily Leather Bucket Bag

$200

Mark & Graham

Lace Inset Ankle-Strap Sandals

$790

Gianvito Rossi

Liliana Pussy Bow Silk Crepe De Chine Blouse

$140

Iris and Ink

Pantera Trousers

$180

P.A.R.O.S.H.

Utility Green

Contrast a silky matching set with a topper rendered in a darker hue to add depth. Complete with coordinating clutch and black gillie heels for a sexy finish.

Agent Riley Fringe Zip On Leather Clutch

$200

Diane von Furstenberg

Sandria Peep Toe Ghillie Sandal

$130

Vince Camuto

Wrap Effect Satin Skirt

$495

3.1 Phillip Lim

One Shoulder Cropped Satin Top

$350

3.1 Phillip Lim

Waterfall Trench Coat

$150

Adrianna Papell

Camel

A neutral monochromatic look never fails to exude elegance. Team a lightweight sweater and a midi skirt with suede pumps and a gold choker for a sleek, powerful result.

Gold Marble Collar Necklace

$45

Modern Citizen

Licorice Too Pump

$300

Kate Spade New York

Ribbed Sweater

$40

Zara

Ribbed-Knit Maxi Skirt

$325

Joseph

Gray

Venture into texture by styling this cool tone with a satin bomber, strappy maxi and suede flatform sneakers. Adorn with flat-lens brow-bar sunnies to punctuate the off-duty look.

Hilda Platform Sneakers

$70

Steve Madden

Strappy Maxi Dress

$32

Topshop

Satin Bomber Jacket

$80

Mango

Supernature Retro Sunglasses

$330

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