Several years ago, an unpleasant trend toward monochrome looks became popular, driven largely by Regis Philbin’s low-contrast, metallic-toned wardrobe on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. A better approach to monochrome dressing – where the suit, shirt, tie, and square are all in different shades of the same color – is to include higher contrast and one item that is in a different but complementary color to break up the monotony. ¬†Here a light blue shirt provides contrast with the darker blues of the suit, square, and tie, and the green stripe in the tie saves the outfit from being too much blue. ¬†Brown shoes add more visual interest.

Suit: Kingsridge, thrifted, $20

Shirt: Brooks Brothers, thrifted, $20

Tie: Brooks Brothers, store sale, $25

Pocket Square: Ralph Lauren, discount store, $10

Shoes: Crockett & Jones for Brooks Brothers, clearance, $180

Tailoring: $15

Total: $270

If I’d paid retail prices: At least $1600


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