Kate Middleton just nailed tonal dressing – here’s how you can too

The Duchess of Cambridge has a few go-to looks that ensure she always looks fresh, stylish and classy. One of her favourites is tonal dressing, a classic and elegant look she regularly pulls off with ease.

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Tonal dressing is simply wearing different shades of the same colour head-to-toe, or even donning the same shade all over (this is also known as monochrome dressing, something the Queen excels at).

Most recently, Kate Middleton donned a head-to-toe tonal look for an outing to the Clitheroe Community Hospital in Lancashire.

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For her outfit, Kate opted for a subdued tonal look in camel, picking a light brown roll neck and matching knitted midi skirt from Iris & Ink, which she styled with her classic tailored Massimo Dutti camel coat and knee-high brown suede boots.

brown roll neck jumper
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Iris & Ink Éloise ribbed merino wool-blend turtleneck sweater, £145, The Outnet

knitted midi skirt
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Iris & Ink Ernestine ribbed merino wool-blend midi skirt, £165, The Outnet

Tonal dressing is an excellent trick for making an outfit look chic, luxurious and totally fashion-forward. It’s a trick often employed by fashion designers on the runway as well as by fashion editors, stylists and influencers on the street.

Want to try this oh-so-stylish look yourself? Follow our top tips for nailing tonal dressing and you’ll be looking as chic as the Duchess in no time.

Keep it simple

Pick a midi dress or jumpsuit in a block colour and ta da! That’s tonal dressing done in one. This is the easiest way to nail tonal dressing – simply add shoes and accessories in the same colour as the dress or jumpsuit (remember you can slide up and down the shade scale) and you’re good to go.

Stay neutral

The next easiest way to get started with tonal dressing is to pick a neutral hue – an all-red outfit is quite the traffic-stopping number, but head-to-toe browns (à la Kate), greys, black or cream/white is much easier to pull off.

Tailoring is your friend

Another super quick way to pulling off a tonal outfit is to opt for a tailored suit. Then all you have to think about is your accessories and a top or shirt for underneath – remember, you can introduce neutrals, such as a plain white tee, to a tonal outfit without taking away from the overall effect.

Play with texture

Making sure to mix up your textures is good way to break up a tonal outfit. Try a chunky knit jumper with a satin slip skirt, or a cotton shirt with faux leather trousers. Take it a step further with the addition of fringing, tassels, feathers and sequins.

Layer it up

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can begin to add more layers – this adds more interest to your outfit. Keeping it all within one tone allows you to really play with amping up the layers and textures without looking too ‘out there’ or peacock-y. Remember layering includes accessories, too – play with adding a hat, scarf, sunglasses, jewellery, socks, hair accessories… The possibilities are endless.