Knowing what looks good on you and knowing how to put an outfit together are two very different skills. You may have a closet full of thoughtfully chosen threads but, when it comes time to assemble them into an outfit, things aren’t so straightforward. The refrain “Does this go with that?” is one we’re all familiar with. Here’s a secret to getting around that age-old question: pick a color and pile it on.
It’s a trick that minimalists have long known ensures you look polished regardless of the dress code. Sticking to a single hue when building a look means that no matter what pieces you combine—solid, striped, patterned or otherwise—they will always be in harmony. Moreover, the beauty of monotone dressing is that you likely already have ample options in your wardrobe. Think of all the neutrals that normally play the sartorial straight man, and now recast them as the star player. Here are three examples of how classic gray, navy and even beige can make a surprisingly chic statement.