Olivia Culpo, ex-girlfriend of a Jonas brother, former Miss Universe and current actress/model and celeb hair inspo, is also seriously killing these days with her celebrity style. Whether she’s sitting front row at NYFW or showcasing Coachella street style, she always looks on point. So it was no surprise when she posted an Instagram recently of herself in a really complex monochromatic outfit that was chic AF.

Monochromatic dressing looks really complicated, but you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be done — probably with a collection of items you already have in your closet. Read on to see how to do it in three of summer’s favorite colors.


You might think that this sugary-sweet hue could be too much, and you’re right — the key to all monochromatic dressing is to make sure you’re doing it in shades. You don’t want the colors to match — otherwise you’d look like a relic from an ‘80s sitcom. Take a saturated faux leather jacket and add a simple jersey dress for your base layers. Then, add blush accents, the superstar color that’s still trending thanks to ballerinas and girlbosses like Misty Copeland. A sturdy block heel that laces up the ankle is fresh without trying too hard. Top it off with an everyday tote and some brow bar sunglasses, preferred by celebs like Olivia Munn.

Zara Faux Leather Jacket ($70) + H&M Sleeveless Jersey Dress ($13), Dune London Margo Heel ($140), Vince Baby Tote ($395), Garrett Leight Hampton Sunglasses ($105)


You’re in luck if you choose to do blue — there are so many shades of our favorite neutral that you might already be dressing monochromatic without even realizing it! These shorts are an amazing place to start, as the print contains two shades of blue that give you lots to work with. Add a swingy navy halter top, which is the perfect resting place for an ombre floral necklace. With simple metallic and denim blue flats and a shimmery metallic envelope clutch, you’ve got a beach-ready look to last you all summer.

BaubleBar Rosetta Necklace ($58), Mango Navy Halter Neck Top ($46) + Cecile Cophenhagen Jacquard Shorts ($69), Joie Sable Sandals ($150), Simply Be Metallic Leather Clutch ($17)


White could be the trickiest of them all, but with some ingenuity you’ll be able to pull it off. It’s okay to mix ivory and white, despite what your grandmother told you. (It’s also okay to wear white after Labor Day and wear white shoes year-round, but that’s to tackle later.) A casual embroidered ivory top is super stylish with uber on-trend kick-flare cropped denim, and floral slides with a neutral background bring some levity to the outfit. Get creative and add some metallic gold accents to help bring dimension to the outfit; a pearl and gold cuff and an on-trend fringe crossbody bag will work nicely.

Madewell Embroidered Cotton Top ($90) + H&M Kick Flare Cropped Jeans ($30), Yosi Samra Slides ($97), Rebecca Minkoff Pearl Bracelet ($78), Rebecca Minkoff Finn Cross Body Bag ($195)

Have you mastered monochromatic dressing? Show us on Instagram with #iamcreative!

(Feature image via Mireya Acierto/Getty)

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