What is the easiest way to look polished and pulled together this season? Easy to guess: Tonal dressing, that is dressing from head-to-toe in multiple shades of the same color.
There is something incredibly cool about donning various pieces of the same shade. The look emanates subtle sartorial confidence. When done right, this popular dressing tactic can make an outfit look luxurious, elegant, and refined in an effortlessly chic way.
While on paper tonal dressing may sound easy enough, there are definitely tricks to pulling off the trend and making it look fashion-forward. Scroll below for our tips on how to master tonal dressing like you know what you’re doing.
To prevent your outfit from looking too one dimensional, play with various tints, tones, and shades of the same color. For example, a head-to-toe beige look can be broken up with varying shades of toffee, camel, cream, and ecru.
3. Use Accessories to Break It Up
A handbag, a belt or a pair of shoes in a contrasting color is the perfect touch to break up a monochromatic outfit and will only add to the overall impact of the look.
An easy way to nail the trend is with tailoring—think a matching jacket and pants styled with a tee or sweater in a similar tone.
Experiment with layers, length, shape, and volume to add interest and dimension to your single hued-outfit. For example, layer a sweater over another sweater of the same hue (a fashion girl–approved trick), or combine long and loose pants with shorter drapey scarves and tops.
While the idea is dressing head to toe in the same color, this doesn’t necessarily need to be throughout the entire look. Try counterbalancing bolder colors with a neutral gray, camel, or just a simple white tee. It adds subtle contrast and pulls together a monochromatic look.