Easy Outfit Upgrade: Go Monochrome

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Go Monochrome (Sources: PacificCoastNews.com, FameFlynet Pictures, Pierre Suu/Getty Images Europe, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe)After numerous seasons of clashing-pattern trends, loud neon and op-art floral prints, a certain sect of fashion is keeping things decidedly simple. They're slipping into outfits of a single color, playing with subtle sheens and making the most of shape and proportion.

Actress Zoe Saldana embraced the look with a silver Antonio Berardi pantsuit. She paired the printed trousers with white pumps to keep things youthful, and far from gubernatorial. In the heat of summer, Kate Bosworth opted for a shortsuit, tempering a glitzy peach oxford with blush scalloped shorts from Chloe and an alabaster purse. Notice how both actresses anchored their looks with white accessories and kept the jewelry to a minimum, since their fabrics were flashy enough.

Street-style star Miroslava Duma took advantage of monochrome to play with layers and proportions. At Paris Fashion Week last spring, she mixed a complicated A.W.A.K.E. coat with serious accoutrements, a bold move that was moored by the simplicity of a single flattering hue. French blogger and illustrator Garance Dore similarly exhibited a mastery of color. Her white pants and shirt (worn in the chill of fall at Louis Vuitton's fashion show) perfectly offset a killer jacket worn oh-so-nonchalantly on her shoulders. 

Wearing a single color does not have to be boring—on the contrary, it can give you the freedom to play with proportion, fabrics, and cuts. Or, like Dore, you can simply use it as an excuse to frame that one favorite item in your closet.

Zoe Saldana Leaves the Sirius Radio StudiosZoe Saldana leaves the Sirius Radio studios after an interview on May 16, 2013. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »Kate Bosworth And Beau Michael Polish Get Cozy While Trying To Hail A Cab In NYCKate Bosworth and boyfriend Michael Polish get cozy in New York, NY while trying to hail a cab on June 6th, 2012. (FameFlynet Pictures)more pics »Arrivals at the Moncler Gamme Rouge ShowMiroslava Duma attends the Moncler Gamme Rouge show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on March 5, 2014 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)more pics »
PFW: Front Row at Louis VuittonGarance Dore attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014 at Le Carre du Louvre on October 2, 2013 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)more pics »
Poll: Whose monochromatic look will you be copying?
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  • Zoe Saldana's
  • Kate Bosworth's
  • Miroslava Duma's
  • Garance Dore's