by Eleanor Cheng
Coming into the warmer months, we often find ourselves leaning toward lighter colours. One big trend this year is monochromatic or tonal outfits. In other words: pick a colour and make sure all your pieces are part of that colour family.
For us fashion admirers, coordinating top and bottom, and a single accessory of choice is an easy way to stay on trend without breaking the bank. Unless you aspire to the runway of course, then you’ll probably need to spend more for those exact single shade ensembles! Hardcore devotee means everything from bags to outwear, shoes to makeup, must all match perfectly.
In order to translate this trend into our everyday lives, the one key rule to follow is that matching doesn’t have to mean all the same shade. Contrast is your friend and makes any tonal outfits wearable.
This chic & beautiful style survived the cold and is here is for Spring. Let your imagination bloom with these inspirations.
All white has always been popular in spring and summer. Pushing it forward with white shoes and/or a white bag. Don’t be afraid to add pattern or a pop of colour like fashion influencer and podcaster Camille Charriere at Milan fashion week. Subtle patterns bring interest and can balance a silhouette, while even a simple brown bag pops against such a pristine and crisp backdrop.
For menswear, the all white look is a classic; evoking images of white linen in tropical destinations! Much like how designer Simon Porte Jaquemu’s look fits seamlessly into Paris fashion week or while taking a stroll on a lush tropical island! Why mess with that? Go casual or formal, either way this look is timeless.
For another classic we look to blacks and greys. I love a hoodie layered under a lighter jacket as seen on model Grace Bol. And as we all know, layering is essential for survival in Calgary! Subtle variations in grey adds dimension, lightens the look for Spring by pairing with a delicate bag and shoe.
All black is always a quick route to dapper for menswear. Not that Model/Actor Hu Bing needs any shortcuts! I love the addition of a patterned blazer as well as the contrasting matte finish of the shirt with the sheen of the jacket. Just make sure you leave the white socks out of this emsemble, unless you’re rockin’ those Balenciaga dad trainers for all they’re worth!
Let’s get a little bolder with our colours! This look by fashion blogger Lina Dihn of Love Between The Racks feels as fresh as the newly sprouted leaves. The soft green dress, white pants and shoes all help mellow out the bright green of the jacket, leaving no doubt that green is the star of the show without being overwhelming.
You can’t get any chicer than this amazing yellow ensemble on Italian fashion editor Giovanna Engelbert! Pairing the yellow with the soft pink is a beautiful nod to spring pastels while still keeping the look cohesive.
And of course, let’s not forget one of the most versatile colours: blue. Both these looks land squarely within the tonal trend and hits many other high notes along the way. Both are effortlessly casual, fashion influencer and blogger Mia Knezevic (right), matches simple jeans and a t-shirt and boots and jacket for a Tory Burch blog. On the Nordstrom blog “The Thread” we see model Doug Ta’a styled by Jodi Taylor in jeans, a lightly patterned button-up and simple jacket and sneakers. Either way I love how these looks can translate easily between men’s and women’s wear. Check out your closet and see if you already have the pieces to make these outfits!
This trend is also a great way to slip more colour into our closet. As counter intuitive as it might seem, one outfit all in variations of a single muted colour is often more subtle and wearable than a loud pop of colour amongst our usual greys and blacks.
From the racks of SalvEdge Boutique we’ve picked out a few outfits inspired by this trend:
Tonal outfits are a great way to add some fresh Spring colour to your wardrobe. It’s also an easy way to add a pop of colour with a single piece, like a brown bag against an all white look, or bright red shoes to match your lipstick against soft neutrals. Whether you’re a fan of bright colours or not, this trend can be tailored to suit you. Never count out a chic all black ensemble or the classic grace of crisp white under the sun. Check your wardrobe for easy outfit ideas like jeans, t-shirts and a statement jacket or shoes. For maximum wear-ability make sure your tones include some contrast. A pastel shirt under a bright vest or jacket will make any colour pallet pop!
Give it a try and please tag us on Instagram if you do! We can’t wait to see what amazing outfits you’re inspired to create!