IMG_1404Monochromatic looks are in. I mean really in.

Almost every store I’ve shopped at lately is putting their own spin on the monochromatic palette by putting out black and white pieces with checks, stripes, and other various block prints, so why not get in on the trend?

I’m loving the checkered monochromatic fad lately, so I figured that I’d make a post out of one of my fave outfits of the summer!

Here are my go-to tips on making this look work for any body type:

  • Oversized is in: Choose button-up shirts in one size larger than you’d normally wear. To replicate the fitted-yet-relaxed look I have here, make sure to tuck in the excess to the front of your pants and let the shirt fall longer in the back – wear a simple leather belt if the look calls for it! Loosely tucking a shirt at the front will accent your waist without making you look done-up. This way you can master that effortless look without having to tailor all the clothes on your body. For the office, throw a blazer on it and head into work!


  • Slouchy on top, fitted on bottom: Undo one extra button, wear a lace bralette rather than a push-up, and choose materials like cotton and lyocell since they fall beautifully on the body and give you that perfectly “just threw this on, ain’t no thing,” kind of vibe. For the bottom, throw on your favorite pair of fitted – but not tight – pair of skinny jeans and pop on a heel for extra punch. While this look is relatively simple, you’ll be surprised how many people will compliment you on your easy, chic style!
  • Keep it simple: Avoid the urge to include a pop of color to patterned monochromatic looks unless you’re wanting something more structured and sassy. For this outfit, I stuck with my basic M.O. and chose simple accessories that enhance the look rather than distract from it. Above all, avoid the impulse to add bling! No diamond-studded sunglasses or sparkly jewelry for this one – just clean, minimal accessories. Pair it with some strappy heeled sandals like I have here or a pair of simple booties for the Fall.


Give it a try and share your looks with me on my Academique Chic Facebook Page! I’d love to see what you put together! 🙂

How are you wearing monochromatic looks this summer?

Until next time, stay chic! 

H&M Checked Shirt | J Brand Black Super Skinny Jean | Skagen Classic Watch | Cole Haan Sunglasses


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  • Reply Sanam Khamneipur Smith September 18, 2015 at 2:41 am

    Love black and white for the fall and excited to check out this shirt. Looks great on you 🙂

    Stylish at Work

    • Amanda
      Reply Amanda September 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks so much, girl! 😀

  • Reply Sanam Khamneipur Smith September 18, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Love graphics and black and white for this season, am definitely going to check out the checkered shirt you posted. Looks great on you!


    Stylish at Work

    • Amanda
      Reply Amanda September 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Aww thanks so much, girl! Loving all of your looks this season, too! 😀

  • Reply Carrie August 18, 2015 at 7:17 am

    you look fab

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    • Amanda
      Reply Amanda August 18, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks so much, girl! I need to check out your blog for my next travel location! 😉

  • Reply Elizabeth Lee August 18, 2015 at 5:55 am

    p.s. i think you would look drop dead gorgeous in a red lip!

    • Amanda
      Reply Amanda August 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Hehe thank youuuu! I love how to one you wear in your post is a brown/orange base rather than a blue base! SO flattering on your skintone! 😀

  • Reply Elizabeth Lee August 18, 2015 at 5:54 am

    fun, fabulous take on the monochromatic look amanda! your blog is super chic and polished, just like you!

    love, liz

    • Amanda
      Reply Amanda August 18, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Aww you’re so sweet, girl! I’m still a newbie but it’s fun to play with the blog presentation and themes! Stylewich is a HUGE inspiration! Can’t wait to see you new style posts! 😉

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