Tone-on-Tone Fashion

Why neutrals are anything but boring or basic

This summer, bring about that timeless, sophisticated vibe and reach for a few neutrals. Having chic pieces that go with everything is a look that ups the style factor. Picture a white-on-white ensemble with creamy hues and layers of texture rather than drastic designs and prints. Creating a tone-on-tone look is not only dramatic and eye-catching, this kind of wardrobe might also help you create the perfect mix of quality pieces you can pair in various ways to create endless outfit options. Let’s get you inspired.


Whether your tone is sand, deep tan, camel or cream, shades of beige rule the neutral world. These neutral pairings are instant classics. Layering with light denim or white is a trend that’s sure to endure for many summer seasons ahead. Add extra interest to your outfit by varying the layer lengths. Take a long duster sweater and pair it with an unexpected longer short. Add in a timeless wool brimmed hat in the same color family and you have style perfection.

GET THE LOOK: All Row cardigan, $76; Honey Punch tank, $58; Levis shorts, $79.50; Olive & Pique hat, $76; Necklace, $40, all found at Something Chic. Antonio Melanie Lauralyn Jute Wedge Sandals, $110 from Dillard’s.


Not every outfit has to scream at the top of its lungs to be seen and heard.  Mixing black with classic camel provided an automatic edginess to this neutral look.  However, what takes it up a notch is the woven texture of the loose top along with artist accessories in the modern take on the fanny-pack.  Hand tooling and warm weaves make this otherwise fundamental outfit ooze chic and high-class.

GET THE LOOK: Gucci loose knit sweater, $45.99 and Zara cargo black pants, $39.99 both from Banyan Tree.  Patricia Nash leather flap belt bag, $129 from Dillard’s. Matisse slide sandal, $35 from Something Chic.


Adding an icy soft pink into your definition of neutrals adds subtle color to the likes of tan, gray, brown, navy and black. The foundation to neutral pairing is making sure the classic color truly melds with every other neutral. Baby pinks are the ideal partner. Wear this look with confidence to the gym, the ballpark, or straight out to cocktails.

GET THE LOOK: Pearl Gray Pocket Light N Tight, $59; Blush Bomber, $69; White Grif Bra, $49; X-Mesh Hat, $18. All from ZYIA Active at Birkenstock Eva Silver, $39.99 at Dillard’s.


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