Not a fan of pattern overload? A chic way to colorblock is by dressing head to toe in varying shades of the same hue. Master the art of tonal dressing with these simple steps.
Choose Your Main
Start by choosing one bold color that you can easily build on, like a bright red blouse that you can pair with blush-toned shorts or turquoise pants that you can match up with a navy blue camisole. By starting with a bold color, it's fairly easy to add on a secondary lighter shade.
Pick Your Neutral
Bright shades are all good and fun, but it takes a neutral piece to tie everything together. Whether it's a tan camisole that offsets a mix of bright blues matched with a metallic navy, or off-white shoes to add instant polish, picking one neutral will ensure a successful tone-on-tone style.
Check Your Accessories
Yes tonal dressing is meant to look bold. That being said, there is a very fine line between looking fierce and appearing like a fashion victim—which is why it's best to keep your accessories in check. While a simple pair of gold earrings to match a mustard colored dress can be striking, going beyond that one item might prove to be too much.
Subtlety Is Key
Make sure to keep silhouettes sleek and modern in order to avoid the circus effect that results from too many billows, ruffles and pomp. Streamlined non-fuss pieces will also further the tonal effect by focusing on the contrasting, yet similar, shades rather than distracting with too many accents.
Skip a Few Steps
Make tonal dressing a breeze by opting for a dress or blouse that already features built-in tone-on-tone shades. For spring, avoid dark moody pairings and instead opt for bright shades like peach with orange or yellow with gold.
BCBGMaxAzria Spring 2013, image: IMAXtree