There’s power in a monochromatic look. It’s pulled together, chic, and modern, and you probably have all the elements for it right in your closet. An all-black, brown, or navy (considered the “new” black) look is a snap to put together, and oh-so-easy to wear. Best of all, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving because it’s a sleek, slimming look. (Can I get a high-five?)
So how do you update your monochromatic look to make it current and fresh? Simply add a trendy element to immediately elevate your outfit. Today I’m showing you my Thanksgiving look for this year, and helping you pull together a monochromatic look that you’ll love.
Your Thanksgiving monochromatic look starts with a great pair of pants. Do you have a black pair of jeans or slacks you love? If not, put them on the top of your shopping list! Current styles incorporate midlife-friendly elements like higher waistlines and fabrics that move with your body. My favorite jeans for women our age are NYDJ jeans. (If you’re sick of hearing me go on and on about this brand you have my permission to skip this paragraph!) These jeans are designed for women by women, with women’s curves in mind. They feature high-rise waistlines and a special lift-tuck technology to help flatten your tummy and lift your rear. (What more could you want on a day that centers around a big turkey meal, amirite?) If you order, go a size down from your usual size, as their fit is guaranteed to make you a size smaller. My black ones are from Nordstrom, but they’re also available from the NYDJ website— both offer free shipping and returns. (BTW, I featured a cool gift idea from NYDJ in the Empty Nest Blessed Holiday Gift Guide called “The Gift of Fit.” It’s a set that includes a gift card valid for one pair of NYDJ jeans, and a measuring tape to find the perfect fit, both in a ready-to-gift box.)
Basic Long-Sleeve Tee
I think long-sleeve tees in a variety of colors are a must-have basic in every woman’s wardrobe. Assess the status of yours. Do they look faded and tired? If so, it might be time to replace them. I used to buy new ones at Target every single year, but I’ve realized that if I want them to last more than a year, I need to spend a little more on a higher quality tee. They’re a good investment because they hold up better. I’ve saved money in the long run.
Boots or Booties
We’ve all got black boots in the closet. I recently hauled mine out (I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that I have several, in multiple heel heights and styles!) and cleaned and conditioned them. They’re like new!
A Trendy Element
You need a cool, trendy element to the “wow” factor to your monochromatic look. I fell hard for this sleeveless vest with faux-leather whipstitch detailing. It’s not cheap, but the removable faux fur collar makes it so versatile that I think it justifies the price. Oh, and this baby is machine washable. 🙂
A monogrammed necklace is a classic item that never goes out of style. I wear mine all the time. It’s a great gift item to give or to get! On my ears, I opted for these wear-with-anything black and white crystal ball earrings.
Now that we have your Thanksgiving look on lockdown, it’s time to get ready for all of those family photos that are coming during the holidays! On Wednesday I’m going to be sharing some of the photo tips and tricks I’ve learned since I started Empty Nest Blessed (including posing tips and makeup). On Friday, I’m going to be celebrating Empty Nest Blessed’s second birthday by sharing from my heart about how this little venture has grown and changed me. Empty Nest Blessed may be having a birthday, but I’m giving you the present. Yep, it’s giveaway time!
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P.S. Did you catch my first Facebook Live last Friday? If not, it’s saved on the Empty Nest Blessed Facebook page if you want to check it out. I talked about the Holiday Gift Guide, shared more about me, and answered some reader questions too. It was fun, and I’m going to be doing more of them in the near future, so stay tuned. 🙂
Photos by Megan Weaver. (Can you tell I was sick when we shot these? I look like I need to be home in bed, which is where I went right after we finished!) xoxo