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How to wear all one colour

How to wear all one colour

Photographed: Universal Works navy jacket (£215); Acne blue shirt (£169); Armor Lux white striped t-shirt (£35); MVP navy chinos (£30); Grenson brown boots (£230)

Many men steer clear of colour. And while we think that a little brightness can go a long way, there’s also occasions when the most stylish move can be to eschew novel shades entirely. Monochrome dressing – or the art of wearing all one colour – can look particularly suave when done right. But it’s also an easy thing to get wrong. Without some points of difference within your look, it can quickly go from accomplished to uninspired.

“Wearing one colour head-to-toe is the ultimate in simplicity and that’s the key to looking good,” says Thread stylist Alice Watt. “Plus, it lets you have fun with your look, placing focus upon fit, fabric and texture instead – things that are often overlooked when filling your wardrobe with staples.” Here are the skills to master.

Skill 1: Keep it balanced

Why it matters: A core style skill, the art of balance is even more important when you have fewer opportunities to add points of difference. “Don’t appear as if you’ve made too much effort,” says Alice. “A little contrast or texture can relax your look.”

How to do it: “Consider flashes of a different shade, especially if you’re in a trickier shade like green or white,” says Alice. Alternatively, enlist some different base layers, too. “Some white in your t-shirt can break up the tones and avoids anything too matchy-matchy.”

Skill 2: Add depth

Why it matters: Depth is the difference between an outfit that looks well put-together, and one that feels like a uniform. “It means your outfit doesn’t appear as a single block of colour,” says Alice. “And that way, you can flatter the best bits of your physique.”

How to do it: “Texture is the best way to add depth, plus there’s an added benefit of an extra layer in colder months,” says Alice. “Try layers of suede, wool, leather or cashmere in the same hue to lift your outfit.”

Skill 3: Don’t match your shoes

Why it matters: When you’re in all one tone, a different shade of footwear highlights the cohesion up top and makes it look more deliberate. “By avoiding the same colour below, you reduce the matchy-matchy element,” says Alice. “It doesn’t seem quite as forced.”

How to do it: “Don’t try primary colours or brights,” says Alice. “It works best with neutrals like brown or white. They sit comfortably with most things in your wardrobe, so you won’t have to buy a new pair of shoes everytime you go for one colour head-to-toe.”