The tonal styling has been one of the biggest trends in recent seasons, with no sign of slowing down. While colour blocking was the ‘it’ trend of the 2010s, tonal dress is the breakout style for this decade. Dressing from head-to-toe in one tonal shade is an art form. It’s a way of making any outfit look instantly chic and it’s a styling tip that you can use any time of the year. It’s a bold statement, especially if you decide to go with a vibrant colour like red or fuchsia pink. The tonal dress is effortless glamour and sophistication, making even your gym gear look more elevated. We’ve rounded up our tips for dressing in one colour in this handy guide to help you master the trend.
Mix and Match Textures
One fashion faux pau associated with this trend is when you focus too much on the same texture and colour. This error can leave your outfit looking flat and lifeless. You want to have at least two different textures incorporated in your look. The easiest way of achieving this is by throwing on a contrasting wool coat or choosing a textured piece as your main garment. This Paris Fashion Week look incorporates both silk and wool, with the jacket adding depth to the look.
Don’t Overcomplicate It
Jumping on the tonal trend doesn’t mean that you have to wear a half a dozen different pieces. Keep it simple and focus on two or three pieces. A matching tonal pantsuit or a dress with shoes in the same colour family are easy ways to experiment with this trend without overcomplicating it. There are no firm rules with tonal dressing. As long as your pieces are within the same colour family and compliment each other, you’re all set to go!
Accessories Can Contrast
Although your clothes should be the same colour, there is no reason why your accessories have to be as well. You can add a pop of extra colour to your look, or tone down the boldness of your outfit, with a different colour of accessory. Make sure it’s a colour that compliments your main tonal choice and that it doesn’t distract the eye too much from the streamline look of your outfit. Avoid adding two bold colours together as they can overpower each other.
Wearing a tonal outfit is a statement in itself, so you don’t want to get caught up on your shoes. It’s always best to go with a minimalistic style that’s a shade or two on either side of your main colour. Sling-back heels, like the style worn here by Eva Chen, are the perfect sleek choice of footwear. You can also use your shoes as a way of adding different textures, like how these suede shoes contrast with the leather trousers. You want to create a seamless look from head to toe that blends the tones together to create a uniform outfit.