It’s time to forget the fashion faux pas drilled into you as a child: wearing one colour from head to toe officially has the style credit. Or at least if the A/W 14 stylings of Chanel, Gucci, Kenzo, Stella McCartney are anything to go by (and who dares argue with them?)
Appearing in collections from the likes of Elie Saab to Marc Jacobs, designers opted to send models down the runway in outfits of all one colour. Simple, but anything but boring, the tonal dressing trend is a powerful one that demands attention. It is a great way to appear effortlessly stylish (if pulled off correctly), the trick is to pick the right colour and balance light and dark tones.
Dramatic midnight blues and forest greens dominated the runways as well as varying shades of rich reds like raspberry and wine. For a super chic look, dare to wear all white, or very light pastel hues. Jewel tones, including emerald, sapphire and violet are also striking options.
The key to successfully wearing the trend is all about clashing textures. The juxtapostion of shades and textures provides the essential contrast to make the look modern and most of all interesting. Think thick wool and sheer shirts, heavy furs and feathers next to delicate lace and structured pieces paired with silks.
Layering is also another way to wear the trend – take notes from the Chanel Couture show and don’t be scared to pair skirts with long shorts peeping out from underneath.
When it comes to accessorizing the tonal look, stick to within your chosen colour palette, but make the most of them by using them as accents. You can afford to choose brighter shades to lift the look, or go darker to contrast the lighter tones of the clothes. Accessories are also a great way to add more texture and shape to the tonal ensemble – you just can’t beat a sleek, cinched in waist. When it comes to this trend, breaking the fashion rules never felt so right.