While we’re in awards season spotting a new trend is about as difficult as finding a new celebrity baby name to mock and I’m basking in its glory like a kid in a candy store.
Celebs brought out their finest for the People’s Choice Awards, the Critic’s Choice Awards and the Art of Elysium Gala. We’ve seen several trends emerge, but the one that really stood out from the pack is bold, monochromatic frocks. From stark blacks and whites to saturated candy colors, our favorite red-carpet figures made their marks in daring solid sheaths.
The ladies in the opening image (clockwise, from top left): Jessica Chastain, Odette Yustman, Minka Kelly (in Oscar de la Renta) and Viola Davis (in Raoul), as well as Ginnifer Goodwin (in Roksanda Ilincic) below, are a few of my favorite examples.
With everything from neutrals to pastels to neon brights on display, it’s easy to see a monochrome dress in any shade can pack quite the style punch.
This trend works for day or night. Here are a few key things to remember when rocking this trend.
- Keep your accessories simple and clean for day, and replace them with glittery pieces for evening.
- Footwear should either be in a contrasting color or a neutral; avoid matching your shoes to your dress.
- Bags should be sleek, small, and black or white (a bold color that contrasts with the dress is okay if your shoes are a neutral). Otherwise, tossing another color in the mix can make the ensemble look careless, rather than structured.
- Wear it with confidence; it’s the one accessory that can pull together almost any look.
Now that you’re ready to try it yourself, here are some beautiful monochrome pieces.
Top Row: LNA Kristen Dress ($115, www.shopbop.com), Ann Taylor Fluted Cap Sleeve Dress ($98, www.anntaylor.com). Bottom Row: Central Park West Lovington Side Drape Dress ($107, www.revolveclothing.com), BB Dakota Mia Jersey Dress ($74, www.revolveclothing.com)
And of course, some structural accessories to pull together your new bold look:
Top to bottom: Kelly and Katie Woven Envelope Clutch ($29.95, www.dsw.com); Nine West Asymmetrical Clutch ($27.60, was $69, www.ninewest.com); Crushin’ on Kelly Handbag ($37.99, www.modcloth.com)
Pacific BCB generation ($98); Slone by Enzo Angiolini ($99, both pairs at www.piperlime.com)
Now that you have the tools, I hope you’ll put together your own bold and beautiful look!