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Style Watch

Single-color dressing

The monochromatic look doesn’t have to be boring.

Photographs by Tina Sutton



> You could say Doyle has champagne tastes, as she loves wearing the soft, neutral tone top to bottom. A complicated mix of textures looks anything but basic, starting with this tonal brocade jacket and appliqued sheer layered skirt (from Sara Campbell).

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> The oversize chunky necklace almost looks like a collar for the jacket, with its matching buttery-toned large pearls and filigreed golden balls. It’s surprising something that large blends in rather than stands out.

> This public relations executive and mom of three is a big fan of textured hose, like these beige fishnets (by Simply Vera Vera Wang for Kohl’s). Doyle admits one of the busier lacy patterns she owns would have been just too much.

> Can you imagine black pumps with this outfit? Neither could Doyle, who adds a bit of shine in these nude Cole Haan patent pumps (found at T.J.Maxx).

Favorite stores In the Pink for Lilly Pulitzer, Ports & Company (Cohasset), Kate Spade, and Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs (Norwell)




> “I cannot get enough of color,” says this mom of four (daughter Whitney is a soloist at the Boston Ballet). When Pantone named honeysuckle its color of the year, Jensen jumped on board, starting with this minimalist coat (from Zara).

> You’d think head-to-toe pink/coral would be overwhelming, but Jensen makes it work by keeping the silhouette simple — she’s wearing a matching Diane von Furstenberg shift dress under the coat — and the accessories interesting, like the bold necklace (from J.Crew) and even her print umbrella.

> Jensen’s not a one-stop shopper; she buys items that appeal to her wherever she finds them. Since a Chanel handbag is a major investment, it’s the one accessory that’s in go-with-everything basic black.

> Believe it or not, Jensen starts each outfit from the ground up, so first came these colorful Yves Saint Laurent ankle-strap heels (from Saks), with matching hose (from Nordstrom) next.

Favorite Stores Zara, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Club Monaco




> “My skin is so pale, I really need some color,” says Shenefiel, a residence hall supervisor at the New England Institute of Art. There’s no question she pops out of a crowd in this bright orange dress with flattering asymmetrical drapery (from Bloomingdale’s.)

> The fabulous floral tattoo on Shenefiel’s arm is like a permanent bold accessory, as if she were wearing an armful of multicolored bracelet cuffs.

> To break up all the orange, Shenefiel adds a single statement piece of jewelry — a large gold butterfly necklace she’s had for many years. It draws the eye up to her face.

> Shenefiel thought it was quite a coincidence that she already owned shoes in the same bright color as the dress, but it happens to women all the time. Most people have favorite colors they consistently buy without realizing it.

Favorite Stores Fire Opal (Brookline and Jamaica Plain) and Folklorica (Newton) for jewelry, Urban Outfitters, and Marshalls

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