How To Master Tonal Dressing

August 29, 2013 | By | Comments (0)

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Tonal dressing—wearing one color head to toe—has been having a bit of an extended moment. The trend kicked off last fall but is still going strong. You can count that as good news because 1) it’s a fairly classic look, so it’s never going to look dated, and 2) an outfit in a single color palette creates the illusion of a longer, leaner figure. To get it right every time, just follow these simple steps.

1. Stick to neutrals, muted, light, or darker hues—nothing too bright. A deep red or navy can be pretty, but full-on neon is probably overkill.

2. Wearing one color has a minimalist feel to it, so pick pieces with similarly minimal, simple lines—this isn’t the place for too many ruffles and embellishments.

3. Try putting together pieces in varied shades of the same color, as matching separates exactly can hark back to the power suits of the ’80s and ’90s.

4. Add a few different textures into the mix to create visual depth and interest, especially if you’re wearing black on black. Soft pieces like a cashmere sweater are nicely offset by a sleeker texture like leather.

5. Don’t match your accessories. A green ensemble does not have to mean green jewelry. Metallics like gold and silver will look much more natural.

Get more style advice on fall 2013 fashion trends.

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