Style

Wear It Well: 3 Ways to Wear Tonal Colors

Layering subtle shades for a sleek look

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Aug 12 2015

The hotter it gets the less layers you have to wear, but that doesn’t make it any easier to get dressed. Instead of trying to find colors that coordinate, choose one color and wear it head-to-toe.

Below, three totally tonal outfits that won’t wash you out:

WHITE

 Shirt: Lacoste for J.Crew, $98 | Pants: Theory, $195 | Cardigan: Tommy Hilfiger, $150

Shoes: ASOS, $73 | Sunglasses: Steven Alan, $165

Wear it Well: Give into the tennis vibe of an all white outfit and pair a polo with sneaks and sunnies for a country-club-cool look.

BLUE

Bomber: Gap, $90 | Shirt: Saturdays Surf NYC, $110 | Jeans: Han Kjobenhavn, $200

Shoes: Vans, $45 | Wallet: Jack Spade, $78

Wear it Well: Keep the shirt and pants close in color – it feels like there are *literally* endless shades of blue amiright? – and let the bomber lighten the palette and turn up the texture.

GREY

Suit Jacket: Banana Republic, $450 | Pants: Banana Republic, $198Watch: Michael Kors, $195

Shirt: W.R.K., $80 | Tie: DKNY, $65 | Shoes: Robert Graham, $258 | Bag: Jack Spade, $398

Wear it Well: Wear a patterned shirt in a lighter shade to offset a darker suit and tie, and finish it off with a sleek, silver watch.

Tell Me:

What color would you wear head-to-toe?

Want to know how to wear more trends? How to wear prints, pastels, and the nautical look.