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DRESSING TIP #10: TOP-TO-TOE COLOUR


It takes confidence to dress in one colour, but it's an easy look to pull off, and one that brings big rewards.


Pieces don't have to the exact same shade for a monochrome outfit to work.
Pieces don't have to the exact same shade for a monochrome outfit to work.

Going monochromatic might be the most important styling tip I've learned, and one I wish I had known about decades ago. Wearing top-to-toe tonal is the easiest and fastest path to chic — it instantly makes you look rich and European. (Well, that's how it makes me feel, at least!)


This somewhat-secret fashion tip is also one of the least expensive ways to add elegance to your existing wardrobe.


White on white on sparkle looks and feel great!
White on white on sparkle looks and feel great!

Here's how to start. Do you have several green tops? Build your top-to-toe look by adding a lime skirt or shamrock trousers. Put a belt on it and you have already begun your tonal wardrobe journey.


Most importantly, the separate pieces don't have to the exact same shade! A gold belt or a red belt can tie a crimson blouse with a burgundy trouser. A lime green belt can tie together a chartreuse blouse and an emerald pair of trousers.


Pairing shades of warm brown makes this top-to-toe tonal outfit work
Pairing shades of warm brown makes this top-to-toe tonal outfit work.

The one colour we don't need more of is black. Head-to-toe black is draining and aging. In our swinging 6ixties, let's put black clothes on the back burner.


One of my favorite looks is an all-white suit or an all-red suit. Both are dramatic, and can take you from daytime to nighttime.


When you dress your whole body in one colour you are making a bold statement. There's nothing taller than wearing one colour. Once you start building your tonal wardrobe and the compliments start flying in you'll thank me.


Feeling all white.
Mixing shade of white in different textures. The blue platforms work great.

Monochrome Styling Tips

  • You can mix similar colours in different textures.

  • You don't need to match footwear — white, black, or metallic shoes all work with just about any colour.

  • Start by focusing on one colour to create a statement outfit. Once you've mastered the technique move on to other colours