Whether you call it the monochrome trend, tonal dressing or simply top-to-toe colour, it’s undeniable that wearing one shade head-to-toe is effortlessly chic. You’ll have undoubtedly seen it all over your instagram feed and pinned different variations on your Pinterest inspo board over the years, because, while it’s definitely a huge trend at the moment, it’s also one that’s been eternally chic for years and I’m betting won’t be disappearing anytime soon either.
While many of us associate monochrome dressing with a more neutral colour palette (as TikTok’s vanilla girl hashtag proves) it isn’t the only way to put the trend to work. Alongside tones of beige and black, monochrome dressing can also include pretty pastels (think barbiecore x100) and hyper bright shades too. So, whatever your style, if you’ve been wondering how to pull off monochrome dressing, we’ve got you covered.
Read on for inspo in every shade…
If you want to try neutrals
Nothing screams summer has arrived more than the return of white denim and this season it’s all about the denim maxi skirt. Follow Milly’s lead and pair with a matching white top and accessories for the ultimate in coordination. Just be sure to keep some stain removal wipes handy, they’re a stylists secret and will save you from any spillage emergencies.
For a truly monochromatic look, don’t forget to get your accessories in on the action. An oversized tote will work for all your everyday outfits while a mini bag is perfect for more dressy occasions. Make like Laura and finish with backless mules for the ideal finishing touch.
Is there anything more chic than an all-black outfit? I think not. All black everything is an easy way to instantly make your outfit look expensive (Our fashion editor, Krissy Turner has some other great tips here) Simply add a splash of jewellery to finish the look and you’re good to go.
If you want to try pastels
I cannot get enough of the Barbiecore trend at the moment and while I’m counting down the days until the 21st July it at least gives me ample time to plan my Barbie movie day outfit. Tara’s top-to-toe pastel look is just perfection, and the texture clash between the feather trim top and tinsel-esque trousers make it even better. Proof that sometimes more really is more.
Yes, monochrome dressing can be chic and simple, but it’s also a great opportunity to have some fun, especially if you opt for a fun palette like this lavender look. Prints and patterns can totally work, as long as they tap into the same palette, so don’t shy away from more standout pieces just because you want to keep it tonal.
While monochrome outfits look great in more formal, tailored silhouettes, that’s not to say you can’t get on board with the trend for more casual outfits too. This comfy mean-green look works so well because the tones sit in the same palette with a slight differentiation. Plus, the addition of the quilted jacket adds just a touch of interest alongside the other more understated fabrications.
If you want to wear brights
Due to its simplicity, a monochrome outfit gives the perfect opportunity to go big with textures and opt for pieces you may normally shy away from. Take inspo from Juliette’s oversized fluffy coat which pairs perfectly with the more subtle style of her mini dress. Finish with satin shoes for a ladylike touch.
Another great comfort first look, the bright bold hue elevates Abisola’s sweater and jogger combo to much more than just your average loungewear look. Simply throw on a pair of fluffy socks and you’ll have never looked so good for a day of binging Netflix on the sofa.
A co-ord or monochromatic dress, like this one, takes the hard work out of the trend making it an easy entry point if you’re unsure where to start with tonal dressing. Simply add a pair of matching shoes to finish the look and you’ll look like a monochrome dressing pro.
And, although it may not be a colour, I’ve got to give honorable mention to a top-to-toe denim look. While it may not be the most comfortable, it’s definitely a bold (and brilliant) take on monochrome dressing. Wondering where to get started? Read our list of the six denim essentials every great wardrobe needs to start curating your perfect denim on denim ‘fit.