Tonal Dressing: a How-to

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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.


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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 outfitβ€”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.

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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)! 

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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.