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Monochromatic: All About the Textures

December 17th, 2012

Sometimes you don’t need that infamous “pop of color”.

Mixing textures, rather than colors, can make for an outfit that is just as visually appealing, if not more.

Here’s three examples of tonal layering in monochromatic outfits.

1. Downtown Browns


There are a million shades of “brown”. From dusty camel khakis, to rich milky chocolates.

Warm or cool, faded or saturated, it’s one of those colors that rarely clashes with itself.

So pile on the brown hues for a masculine and earthy Fall look, and remember to mix up the seasonal fabrics and textures. For example, here I’m combining moleskin, cashmere, wool flannel, cotton broadcloth, leather, corduroy and suede.


Suede ankle-strap chelsea boots hand-made in NYC by Modern Vice. Looking forward to collaborating with these guys…


Pima Corduroy Trouser in Chestnut

Brown Gingham Shirt

  • Tortoise and silver sunglasses by Matsuda ·
  • Tan moleskin peacoat by Filippa K ·
  • Brown flannel tie ·
  • Cashmere pullover sweater by Roberto Collina ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus ·
  • Brown Leather Plaque belt by JCrew ·
  • Suede ankle-strapped chelsea boots by Modern Vice
  • · Brown Gingham Shirt
  • · Brown corduroys by H&M

2. Shades of Grey


Grey is an achromatic color. That is to say, it’s not really a color at all, but rather the absence of color.

Since it doesn’t have a hue, you can layer it up heavy without worrying about color coordinating.


This type of monochromatic look, with multiple layers and textures, creates a lot of depth and is great for a crisp winter evening.


Double monk strap boots courtesy of Calvin Klein.

  • Grey tortoise shades by Matsuda ·
  • Grey flannel down peacoat by Hugo Boss ·
  • Flannel herringbone shirt ·
  • Grey wool tie by Thom Browne ·
  • Charcoal wool crewneck sweater by JCrew ·
  • Grey wool flannel 5-pocket jeans by Z Zegna ·
  • Grey wool scarf by Kenneth Cole ·
  • Double monk strap boots by Calvin Klein

3. Business Blues


In a corporate environment, blue is king. It’s conservative, non-threatening, and flattering on most people.

A businessman can’t have too many navy suits, light blue shirts or dark blue ties…they go with everything, including each other.


With a navy suit, black or brown shoes will work.

Black tends to be more “classic American finance” while brown is a little more european and country influenced.


Wool Hopsack Trouser in Navy

Sky Blue Broadcloth Shirt


Thanks, as always, for reading. If you have any questions about our online custom menswear, feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to serving as your personal tailor and stylist. 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepaniers


Photography by Alex Crawford