Styled by Stacee: Insider Tips to Master the Monochromatic Look

Stacee is a wardrobe stylist and fashion insider who has been featured on E New!, FOX, and BET, among others. You can find her around the Queen City and nation styling famous athletes, celebrities and artists, and now she’s shopping for you — handpicking trendy items each month that will be available in a Styled by Stacee collection at Goodwill’s fashion-focused GW boutiques! Styled by Stacee launches Friday, February 12 – with hundreds of hand-selected styles available to shop at both locations of GW: A Goodwill Boutique. When you shop Styled by Stacee, you’re not only getting trendy items handpicked by a professional for a fraction of the price – you’re also helping to fund Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and employment services free of charge to anyone in our community.

Bernie’s mittens weren’t the only Inauguration Day look that captured our attention. Monochromatic outfits were donned by fashionable attendees in every age group!

The word “monochromatic” breaks down into two pieces: “mono” meaning single and “chromatic” meaning color. So a monochromatic outfit would consist of pieces in one color.

Monochromatic outfits are a top trend right now for a reason – they can be worn at any time of the day or year, convey a polished and chic appearance, and have the added bonus of being slimming when kept simple! Have you considered wearing a monochromatic outfit but shied away for fear of being too matchy-matchy, or looking too plain? Stacee shared three expert styling tips on how to pull of this look.

1. Embrace the “new” neutrals. If you hear “monochromatic” and think matching sweater sets – think again! The joy of the monochromatic fashion trend is pairing different shades and tints of the same color! Harness the full visual impact of monochromatic by creating an outfit using a 
single color in a variety of its hues and shades to make encompass the current fashion trend. Stacee says “neutral” expands beyond the standard blacks, whites and greys – mix in muted tones of trendy colors like this mauve look or an olive green, or pastels like soft pink and lavender. This way, you achieve the toned-down look of being neutral while being anything but plain!2. Don’t feel stuck with solids. Bring some complexity to your monochromatic outfit by starting with a small print in a color you love. Then, find the base color and mix in different shades with your other pieces. Simple or muted prints can subtly add some visual richness to the single-color look. Stacee paired this printed button-down with some shimmer with pants in a matching shade of pale pink, a jacket in a slightly darker tone of the same color and some velvety-soft sneakers. 

3. Add a “third piece” to match what you’ve got. You can easily build a monochrome outfit based around an item from your closet! Just add a matching third piece – like a cross-body bag or jacket – from GW boutiques! The stores are organized by color, so you can find brand-name items in shades that compliment a piece you already know and love to achieve a trendy look for a fraction of the cost! A cross-body bag, a belt, or a jacket can make the look feel “complete” and help to blend your items together. Stacee styled this valentines-inspired look with a long blazer and cute cross-body micropurse. She also added some edge to an all-denim look with a moto-zip leather jacket in a matching shade of blue.

All the items shown here, and hundreds more like them will be available at both locations of the GW boutiques on Friday, February 12! Just look for the Styled by Stacee price tags to find items hand-selected by Stacee Michelle.

We’ll be posting new blog posts each month featuring some of Stacee’s finds and helpful tips to help you recreate trends such as: pairing dresses and skirts with sneakers, mixing prints, creating monochromatic outfits, rocking vintage and graphic tees, and more! Follow us on Instagram to stay up on the latest trends and tips and find out when Stacee’s pop-up is launching each month: @GoodwillSP @itsstaceemichelle

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