A simple, monochromatic ensemble always looks elegant (and expensive, too!)

Monochromatic magic!

L K Bennett ruched dress
$255 – lkbennett.com

Closet body con dress
$59 – awear.com

Bodycon dress
$28 – pilotfashion.com

Kurt Geiger high heel pumps
$325 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Aspinal of London black clutch
$455 – johnlewis.com

Tory burch clutch
$425 – farfetch.com

Silver clutch
$54 – quizclothing.co.uk

Amrita singh jewelry

Art deco jewelry
$56 – fletcherandgrace.com.au

Years ago, I had a favorite go-to outfit: a very plain off-white wool dress, off-white stockings and sexy sling back pumps, 1920’s-style knotted pearls and a stunning off-white mock-croc chain bag.

Without fail, every time I stepped out in this outfit, I got a compliment on the look. Simple, elegant, monochromatic… expensive. Even though it wasn’t my most costly ensemble, the monochromatic look says “money” like nothing else.

And, it’s so simple to achieve! Using favorite pieces already in your closet, just pair them up according to color, rather than contrast. (This is the only time you’ll hear me suggest you match your bag and your shoes!) You’ll be surprised at how different your “old standby” dress or skirt looks.

A quick word of caution… this look is best achieved with neutrals. Although Nancy Regan, Kate Middleton, or Heidi Klum can make head-to-toe red, lemon-yellow or cobalt work, in the real world, most of us can’t!

Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and Have the Best Christmas EVER! 

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