The only fall monochrome fashion inspo you'll ever need

The easiest way to look completely put together this fall? Dressing in one standout color. Whatever your fave (here we went with silver, mustard and red), when you vary the texture, pattern and cut, you can create a beautiful harmony of hue. Trust: If it's good enough for runways, it's good enough for first period.

Perfectly Polished Silver

Jacket, $120, BCBGMaxAzria. Corset, $135, House of CB London. Mesh top, $25, Glassons. Bodysuit, $25, Mvefward. Pants, $68, Loft. Shoes, $28, JustFab. Headband, $8, Motique Accessories. Necklace, stylist's own.

Soften futuristic Y2K style elements (say, a hologram turtleneck or a cropped puffy vest) with tactile pieces like an organically shaped bracelet, tinfoil trousers or an open-knit sweater. Touches of black keep the whole thing grounded on planet Earth, but the effect is cool in any galaxy.

Graphic tee, $19, DHgate. Clutch, $135, Ralph Lauren. Sweater, $235, Voz. Pants, $98, Amylynn. Ring, $145, Alexis Bittar. Tank, $23, Zara. Puffer vest, $38, Flygo. Boots, $220, Dr. Martens.

Walking in Sunshine

Turtleneck, $22, HieasyFit. Skirt, $14, Shein. Shoes, $13, Rainbow Shops. Headband, $68, Leela by Lee Aflalo. Sunglasses, $17, Claire's. Necklace as a belt, $15, Charming Charlie. Ring, $160, Vitaly. Socks, $30 for a set of 12, Impress'd Clothing.

The key to wearing an all-yellow look without giving haute highlighter? Pattern play: A floral midi skirt in mustard tones with a yellow turtleneck is definitely not bananas. Add a beaded belt, athletic stripe socks, floral headband or butterfly bag for proof positive you can do yellow accessories, too (and, yes, gold loafers do count toward the motif).

Beanie, $19, Livingston. Sweater, $110, Classic Prep. Earrings, $136, Simone Rocha. Shoes, $100, Steve Madden. Purse, $385,  Blossom Hill Garden. Pants, $28, Cider. Skirt, $50, Habitual Kids. Socks, $50, Homme Plissé Issey Miyake.

Red Alert

Sweater, $28, Yemak. Shirt, $60, Babaton. Shorts, $55, PinkTag. Shoes, $79, Skechers. Beret, $26, San Diego Hat Company. Sunglasses, $15, and headwrap as a scarf, $15, Claire's. Wrist cuff, $44, Anthropologie. Tights, $24, MeMoi.

In this universe, red means go. We heart how the stop-you-in-your-tracks color gives new life to prep school staples like knit cardis, plaid skirts and argyle tights. Or how oh-so-chic it looks on twee accessories like cat-eye glasses, berets, neckerchiefs and ballet flats. Or how sophisticated it feels on paper bag skirts, blazers and even sneakers. Talk about a pigment of your imagination.

Ribbon, $12, Free People. Sweater, $38, Cider. Flats, $65, Journee Collection. Sweater dress, $80, River Island. Necklace, $36, Revolve. Socks, $9, Everswe. Skirt, $26, Beautifulfashionlife.

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Styled by Lo VonrRumpf. Laydowns styled by Whitney Brielle. Photographed by Mike Azria. Hair by George Fragkioudakis. Makeup by Sophia Hutch. Graphics by Haley Kramer. 


by Sara Gaynes Levy | 10/20/2023