Tonal Dressing: a How-to


In the ever evolving world of trends and styles, tonal dressing's always stayed fashionable. Not to mention it's one of the easiest ways to look sophisticated in a hurry. Keep on reading for some guidelines I always try to keep in mind for wearing the same colour.


1. Different shades of the same colour family

For those more daring, the exact same colour can definitely look chic but for me, I usually prefer to mix in lighter and darker shades of the same colour. Here I added layers of brown and tan shades to create variation across the outfit—yes, even the magazine choice has been coordinated haha. I've also contrasted an overall softer toned outfit with a richer chestnut brown bag to really stand out against the rest of the look. 

2. Play with silhouettes

Unless you were proportioned like a model (and even if you were), I try to stick to a streamlined silhouette. Augment an oversized upper half with a fitted bottom (or in this case, tights) or vice versa: billowing trousers with a slimming top. Since this coat and sweater dress is so oversized and otherwise shapeless, it felt appropriate to go with tights and a fitted boot to pull everything back in shape.


3. Think of textures

Ah, my favourite. Clothes would be so boring without texture. Since I usually stick to neutrals and basics, I'm always trying to mix textures to keep things fresh. Try out different wool textures or knit styles (my favourite is a straight cardigan stitch), wear shearling, leather, suede, denim... the possibilities are endless. I love the slightly fuzzy texture and waffle knit on this vintage wool coat I borrowed (ahem, took) from my mom's closet. For this look, I also decided to contrast the vintage vibe with a more modern patent boot. 

4. Add in black or white

Maybe this is cheating a bit, but I always think it's fine to add in black or white to a tonal outfit... after all, they're technically just colourless versions of any shade! 

That's all, a few quick and easy tips on how to put together an effortless tonal look that you can apply whether it's a full outfit of neutrals or a head-to-toe outfit of red (which I would actually adore)! 


Wearing |
Vintage wool coat;
Massimo Dutti sweater dress (similar here and here);
Urban Outfitters beret;
X Nihilo bag;
Mango boots (similar here);
and Mejuri necklace.