You don’t have to go stark white-on-white to accomplish your Memorial Day goals this month. Take a look at how soft monochromatic outfits with a touch of minimalism can do the trick nicely. Wearing all white is the sign that Summer is finally here! Stay cool with the latest trends we’ve been promoting here on Girlfriend: sailor caps, coin necklaces, tie front tops, and high-rise pants. All closet staples that we would argue should be worn year-round. Need an example? See below.
Wanting to assert some girl power this month? Add ultra-feminine polka dots and ruffles to your style queue. Monochromatic looks should include tons of texture. Snatch up this sexy Bohemian number from Free People, with ruffles in super sweet dotted mesh. We especially love the combo of masculine with feminine and highly suggest a rugged boot with your dainty dress.
One of the best ways to show some All-American spirit this Memorial Day is by embracing your inner athlete. Athleisure wear, especially tennis-inspired outfits, are a terrific way to bring monochromatic looks off the court. Check out our article on hip-hop fashion from the 90’s for inspiration with incorporating brands like Adidas and Fila. Totally fun! Urban Outfitters is the perfect one-stop shop for unique twists on the brand’s style.
I Mean Business
All white suits have a Miami Vice sexiness when paired with a low cut body suit like this one from Free People. Take a look at our recent article on slouchy, double-breasted blazers and get on board! Monochromatic looks in shades of white are just as powerful as blacks. Assert your fashion sense with minimal, understated elegance. Another, cooler, approach is to mimic the look with one of our favorite short suits. Long, or short, the jacket is what pulls it together.
Pair With Neutrals
Bring out the camels and golds! Accessories in warm, neutral tones pair best with minimal, monochromatic looks. Take a look at Reformation’s accessories, we especially love this gold linked bracelet, but they have tons of great stuff. Since May’s weather tends to be a little fickle, it’s good to have a great pair of ankle boots or Oxfords on hand. We especially love the WIT D’orsay Oxfords from LA-based Freda Salvador. The side cut makes them less stuffy and still perfect for work! Shoes in tans and camels get maximum use, so they are worth a splurge!
The New Chino
Whether your traveling or working, business casual is always a safe bet. Try updating your monochromatic looks with minimal tops and high-rise chinos. The latest trends are going 80’s style, with buttons down the front and ruffles at the waistline. Get the look with a jumpsuit like this one from Free People, with a tie waist and buttons down the front. Easy to pack, and super comfy!
Oui, Skate Style
Combining two of our loves are looks that have street cred combined with French girl cool. Doing monochromatic, all white looks with skate style demands the right pair of cropped jeans. The French girl twist is pairing them with a minimal blouse with details like bell sleeves. Did you catch our article on this season’s accessory fad? Net bags and see-through purses complete the look!
The trick to minimal looks are simple lines, plenty of texture and subtle shades of color. If you haven’t yet gotten your fill, read our article on all white fashion from last Spring. The looks are still totally relevant. Memorial Day is the perfect excuse to rock monochromatic looks in whites, but these looks work throughout the year! Although it’s fun to consider past traditions, there are no more fashion rules these days. We hope hope to see you rocking this look well past September! Labor Day, Schm-abor Day.