How to do Tonal Dressing

Tonal Dressing

Tonal dressing is the easiest way to create a luxe and elegant look without having to think too much about it. Tonal dressing is the art of dressing from top to toe in one single colour, or varying shades of the same colour.

As well as making you looked polished and put-together, tonal dressing has an elongating effect. The one colour from top to toe gives the illusion of being taller and more elegant.

And adhering to a single colour exudes sartorial confidence. And I’m not talking about sticking to the safety of an all-black outfit. It’s time to start thinking seriously about colour. If you’re not feeling your best, that confidence that comes from a well-put together outfit will change that quick smart.

Whether you’re au fait with tonal dressing or not, here are six tips to help you play around with what you already have in your wardrobe and find some fabulous outfit combinations you haven’t tried before.

1. Texture is key

To make your monochromatic ensemble interesting, mix in different textures. This will prevent your look from coming across as too one-dimensional. A cable knit wool sweater with a silk or satin skirt of the same or similar tone provides a luxurious contrast. Then add leather or a stiff trench coat by way of further contrast.

 

2. Try different tones

Try combining different tones of the same colour. For instance, a trouser suit in a classic blue, with an icy blue-white shirt and a navy trench over it. Play around with darker and lighter versions of the same colour.

3.  Mix in tonal prints

Mixing in prints are dominantly of the same colour as the rest of your outfit can have a powerful effect. This is most effective with animal print when combined with camel-coloured pieces of the same tone as the print.

4.  Use accessories as accents

A bright or contrasting accessory here and there adds interest and personality. And this might be a way to start tonal dressing for anyone feeling uncomfortable with it at first. A belt in a clashing colour can break up the colour and highlight your waist. A strategically contrasting coloured shoe, bag or scarf can also enhance the outfit without ruining the overall effect.

5.  Inject a neutral

If you don’t want to stand out in a monochromatic look in a loud colour, tone it down with a neutral piece. For example, head to toe red can be toned down with a camel piece layered underneath.  Blend a neutral merino knit with a sage green suit. And a white t-shirt under a pink suit can break things up perfectly.

6. Choose colours that suit your skin tone

There's no point dressing all in one colour if it doesn't suit your skin tone. The right colours will make all the difference: they can make you look healthier and fresher, your eyes brighter and your skin more radiant.  If you don't want to do a colour analysis, the easiest way is to sit in front of a mirror, or an honest friend, and hold up something orange under your face. Then hold up something blue under your face. You should be able to tell which one suits you better. You probably already instinctively gravitate towards your colours anyway. If blue suited you better, choose cool colours that have a blue base to them (like cool pinks, purples, greens). If orange suited you better, choose warm colours that have a yellow base to them (earthy tones like browns, coral pinks, khaki, orange, turquoise).

I can work with you to identify tonal combinations in your wardrobe with a Wardrobe Workout consultation, either at your home (if you are in or around London) or virtually via video call. Click the link below to enquire.

The Spring 2023 shows have just served us inspiration for every day autumn 2022 outfits by way of a super easy outfit formula: relaxed fit jeans + tank top + flannel shirt worn open + ankle boots + slouchy handbag. 

My styling tips to make sure this outfit is elevated and won’t make you feel scruffy: choose excellent quality fabrics for every piece. These are all classic pieces and will last you a long time so it’s worth investing in quality. Instead of a cotton tank top, choose a cosier and quality fabric for autumn like a rib knit cashmere. Choose a sharp boot to lift the look. Look after your clothes always to keep them in their best condition. 

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The Spring 2023 shows have just served us inspiration for every day autumn 2022 outfits by way of a super easy outfit formula: relaxed fit jeans + tank top + flannel shirt worn open + ankle boots + slouchy handbag. My styling tips to make sure this outfit is elevated and won’t make you feel scruffy: choose excellent quality fabrics for every piece. These are all classic pieces and will last you a long time so it’s worth investing in quality. Instead of a cotton tank top, choose a cosier and quality fabric for autumn like a rib knit cashmere. Choose a sharp boot to lift the look. Look after your clothes always to keep them in their best condition. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Starting to plan your autumn wardrobe? Here’s a few ideas. Relaxed tailoring. Sharp tailoring. Western style accents. Fabulous shoes. Statement knitwear. Statement coat. And don’t forget the versatility of wide-leg, high waisted, pleated-front trousers (you’d be surprised at how flattering they are, trust me). Get in touch if you’d like help in planning your wardrobe this autumn. Still some dates available. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Starting to plan your autumn wardrobe? Here’s a few ideas. Relaxed tailoring. Sharp tailoring. Western style accents. Fabulous shoes. Statement knitwear. Statement coat. And don’t forget the versatility of wide-leg, high waisted, pleated-front trousers (you’d be surprised at how flattering they are, trust me). Get in touch if you’d like help in planning your wardrobe this autumn. Still some dates available. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Fashion month for next spring/summer is about to kick off. But before we look that far ahead, here’s a round up of what’s coming this autumn/winter 2022. 

1. Outerwear is puffy and fluffy: it’s all about the bigger, cosier proportions. 

2. Corsets: worn over shirts, dresses, with jeans. Get creative. 

3. Denim: straight leg, wide leg, slouchy styles. High waisted or low slung.

4. Leather: leather makes a dramatic appearance as overalls, jumpsuits, dresses and shirts. Wear with tonal knitwear. 

5. Embellishments: a lot of transparent fabrics were embellished for a textured take on evening and party looks. 

6. Pink: choose the tone that suits you best- cool, warm, bright or soft. 

7. Chocolate hues: luxurious neutrals. 

8. Gloves: dramatic lengths to make a statement. 

9. Shoes: exaggerated platforms. The higher the better!

#suzannedelahuntystylist
Fashion month for next spring/summer is about to kick off. But before we look that far ahead, here’s a round up of what’s coming this autumn/winter 2022. 1. Outerwear is puffy and fluffy: it’s all about the bigger, cosier proportions. 2. Corsets: worn over shirts, dresses, with jeans. Get creative. 3. Denim: straight leg, wide leg, slouchy styles. High waisted or low slung. 4. Leather: leather makes a dramatic appearance as overalls, jumpsuits, dresses and shirts. Wear with tonal knitwear. 5. Embellishments: a lot of transparent fabrics were embellished for a textured take on evening and party looks. 6. Pink: choose the tone that suits you best- cool, warm, bright or soft. 7. Chocolate hues: luxurious neutrals. 8. Gloves: dramatic lengths to make a statement. 9. Shoes: exaggerated platforms. The higher the better! #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Delighted to have been asked for my advice on wearing polka dots by @telegraphfashion - my tips on how best to wear them and how to clash your dots with purpose and style. Link to article in my stories.  #suzannedelahuntystylist #polkadots
Delighted to have been asked for my advice on wearing polka dots by @telegraphfashion - my tips on how best to wear them and how to clash your dots with purpose and style. Link to article in my stories. #suzannedelahuntystylist #polkadots
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Trying on all the neutrals and monochrome. It’s never boring. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Trying on all the neutrals and monochrome. It’s never boring. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. 
There's three truths in this quote. 

1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin.

2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive. 

3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it.

What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. There's three truths in this quote.  1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin. 2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive.  3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it. What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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