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.

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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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The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. This years colours for Spring/Summer include: Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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How to introduce colour into your wardrobe. If you feel like you want to introduce more colour into your wardrobe, you are not alone. So many of us have a wardrobe that’s awash with dark colours and black.

This Spring Summer there’s going to be a lot of bright colour in fashion. So before you purchase, think about how you might bring bright colour into your wardrobe. 

If you don’t want to go full-colour straight away, introduce it in small ways with your accessories: scarves, shoes, bags, belts, jewellery. 

And when you’re investing in bright clothes, always make sure they have a point of difference to them in their texture and silhouette. Anything glossy, textured or structural. This will avoid the risk that your bright pieces could look a little basic. 

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How to introduce colour into your wardrobe. If you feel like you want to introduce more colour into your wardrobe, you are not alone. So many of us have a wardrobe that’s awash with dark colours and black. This Spring Summer there’s going to be a lot of bright colour in fashion. So before you purchase, think about how you might bring bright colour into your wardrobe. If you don’t want to go full-colour straight away, introduce it in small ways with your accessories: scarves, shoes, bags, belts, jewellery. And when you’re investing in bright clothes, always make sure they have a point of difference to them in their texture and silhouette. Anything glossy, textured or structural. This will avoid the risk that your bright pieces could look a little basic. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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The white shirt is an essential basic piece for every wardrobe. It’s one of those building blocks that you can use to create so many different outfits. Here I show you the different functions that a white shirt can have in your outfit repertoire as well as a few ways to style your white shirts. At the very least it will make you feel less bad about having multiple white shirts hanging in your closet. #suzannedelahuntystylist
The white shirt is an essential basic piece for every wardrobe. It’s one of those building blocks that you can use to create so many different outfits. Here I show you the different functions that a white shirt can have in your outfit repertoire as well as a few ways to style your white shirts. At the very least it will make you feel less bad about having multiple white shirts hanging in your closet. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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