Rag & Bone/JEAN Hudson top (small, birthday gift from a friend)
Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Culottes (size 8, short)
Feit Handsewn Mules (purchased with credits I earn at Garmentory*)
Admonish custom leather tote (made by a friend, a few years old)
Question: I thought “monochromatic” was one color? so if my outfit is monochromatic, I’m dressing only in one color, right? I’ve read comments or seen other people mention monochromatic dressing and the outfit includes actually 2-3 colors (one of them might be white, but that’s still a color to me…), which I find weird? Maybe I’m getting the meaning all wrong haha.. I have no idea, just trying to understand?
So I guess this outfit is monochromatic? Even though I’m wearing burgundy shoes? It’s black, how about that. Another black outfit. Seems to be a trend lately. Maybe because I am just over winter and can’t be bothered to think about outfits. Yes, it’s partly that, but partly also that I wore this shirt the other day, so it was hanging on a hook to be worn again; I didn’t want to start wearing another clean shirt. Makes sense, right?
I wore this outfit part of the day yesterday because it warmed up A LOT when the sun actually came out, which made me SO HAPPY. Today it’s quite warm and supposed to be sunny again, so I’m looking forward to maybe wearing these pants again, or if I can manage to shave my legs, I will wear a James Perse dress! Whoa. Because then Friday it’s going to be cold again, and over the weekend I’m heading to the Atlanta area and it’s supposed to be cloudy and cold there too. UGH. I just can’t with winter anymore. I promise this year when it doesn’t cool off here until December that I won’t complain about it being hot. haha.
Did you guys see that Elizabeth Suzann added reviews?? She’s doing a giveaway too, to a random reviewer, for one ES outfit!!! ACK!! I submitted a review for these pants because I got an email that I could, but it hasn’t showed up yet. Maybe they’re not publishing my review because I sometimes work directly with the brand to review things and get some items for free? Although I did buy these pants myself. (well, they were a gift from my mother, but I bought them). Anyway, no matter. I think having reviews on the site will help a lot make sizing decisions, although sometimes when I read too many reviews, and ones that are ALL OVER THE PLACE, I reach decision fatigue and just give up. So there’s that.
Happy almost Friday!
*if you sign up for an account at Garmentory using my referral link, you’ll get a $20 account credit and so will I
Monochromatic is just one color—you are right. Love this look on you! Also, your review is up on ES?
Grechen Reiter says
oh, i didn’t see it before! thanks 🙂
My interpretation of monochrome is based off of my experience in art school, where monochrome was various tones (tints or shades) of a single color. If I were wearing black and gray, I do actually call that monochrome, because it is one color — black — but with various tints (where a tint is a color + white). I think the majority of people would agree with you though that monochrome dressing is when it’s literally just one color — black and black, or gray and gray.
I left an ES review for an item I ended up returning. But they invited me to do so so I was able to add photos. I only gave three stars but honesty in reviews is really helpful and there’s certainly no dearth of glowing ones. My only note is that they are stacking the reviews with 5 stars all coming first, then descending stars. It makes absolute sense from a brand and marketing perspective but it feels a tiny bit disingenuous from a customer perspective. You’d have to sift through pages of reviews before getting to anything critical. I think they should do them in order submitted, which is more balanced.
I got an email to review the knit Elise dress however that dress is no longer available so I don’t see my review! Oh well, I didn’t have a picture to submit. However I am wearing that dress today (yay warmer weather).
I would definitely consider your outfit monochromatic with your shoes providing a small accent or “pop”.
Came here to say the same thing as Talia (but minus the art school experience – how amazing!): monochrome to me is either all one color, or shades of the same color.
I got the invite to post a review on ES for a raw silk Georgia, but since I changed the fabric from raw silk to silk crepe after ordering, I didn’t feel comfortable reviewing at the link they sent. Instead I went in and manually reviewed (so no photos). Curious to see how they arrange the order of reviews once a large quantity is in. A lot of shops list positive reviews first even if they are old/the style has been updated (looking at you J. Crew), which is a shame.
Love the outfit!
Agreeing, and thanks for bringing this up Grechen, as I’ve seen the misuse of monochrome recently on some other blog, and was confused. (I have a PhD in modern art history, so I’ve spent more of my life reading very dense scholarship on monochrome, so was feeling the need to insert either Princess Bride ‘that word doesn’t mean what you think it does’ or Mugatu ‘is everyone taking crazy pills’ gifs all over the place.) Mono = one. Monochrome, one color. Olive, and white, and black does not a monochrome outfit make.
And therein I learn of one more thing the annoys the crap out of me!
PS, great looking monochrome– just to your ankles!– outfit!
In England, “monochrome” means black and white, or occasionally a dark neutral color that’s kind of black, and white.
In the US it’s more all one color.
Yes! I’ve noticed this on several blogs and they are wearing a different color top (or top layers) and bottom. A monochromatic outfit is all one color or different shades/color of the same color. I definitely think you could say monochromatic if your shoes are not part of that scheme. Seriously, wearing a different color top (or top/sweater) from your bottom is a pretty common practice, not sure why calling it monochromatic is a thing now. I’m so curious why…inquiring minds want to know.
Millenial pink drove me crazy. It wasn’t a new color. That nude pink shade that is a more mature/elegant pink has been around for a long time. I know this because tan/light taupes are not good with my skin but pink nude tones work well for me. As it began to trend in clothing and accessories suddenly we are giving it a millenial name. I don’t care what they call it generally but millenial? It immediately made me feel like it is for younger women only, which I am not.
So, someone mentioned in England, it’s black and white.
The cambridge dictionary states that as well:
using only black, white, and grey, or using only one colour
But the examples they give all relate to photography, which actually does make sense to me in that regard.
Grechen Reiter says
yes, that makes sense in photography, i think. but for clothing? eh.
not like it even matters LOL
i just love that we’re trying to get to the bottom of it !!
I think, by definition, monochromatic is all one color. But in my world, it’s close enough if the main body of the outfit is all one color or shades of one color, like dark gray and light gray. I don’t really count shoes. It’s what the eye perceives overall. And so your outfit is monochromatic. 🙂
your haircut is really cute!
Not to beat a dead horse or anything (me? never!), but I snorted when I saw this news tidbit:
There’s a funny mention that people stopped visiting the donor’s gallery because everything looked the same.
Grechen Reiter says