Monochrome Dressing, Explained

Stylist Michaela Dosamantes shares her favorite March styles, tips on layering, and talks all things tonal dressing.

The past few years have seen a shift in how many women dress daily. “On and off the runway, there’s been a distinct trend towards simplicity,” says stylist Michaela Dosmantes. Leading the way is one of her favorites—tonal dressing. Be it a matching set or items in the same color family, here are some pieces that hit the mark.


Above: Bixby Organic Cotton Poplin Blouse; Abbie Sweatshirt; Slim Tobie Blazer; Veja Esplar Logo Sneaker; Pleated Linen Short.

The Art of Layering

French women do it so well. For example, there’s the classic sweater draped casually over the shoulders or a tee under a V-neck sweater. However, Michaela encourages all her clients to think outside the box.

Above: AGOLDE's Stella Denim ShortsMonique Tank; Alfred Loafer; Bixby Organic Cotton Poplin Blouse; Abbie Sweatshirt; Slim Tobie Blazer; Veja Esplar Logo Sneaker.

Play With Proportion

Michaela loves the wider leg and mid-thigh length of AGOLDE's Stella Denim Shorts. "Pair them with an oversized button-up shirt for a more conservative look, or be playful and add a crop top, such as the Lily Cardigan Sweater, and sneakers. Either way, choose something in a similar colorway that balances it out.


Above: Bixby Organic Cotton Poplin Blouse; Sienna Femme Fete Stretch Jumpsuit.

Consider the Unexpected

"Most people wouldn’t think of layering a more summery jumpsuit," says Michaela. "But adding a tee or blouse underneath gives it a whole new silhouette and feel."


Above: Wide Leg Utility PantRylee Jacket.

Switch up Sizing

Give a utility style some interest and size up. According to Michaela, the Genevieve Jacket or Rylee Jacket over a top or sweater would both be ideal choices. You could also belt it and pair it with the Wide-Leg Utility Trouser or Lina Skirt for a suit alternative.

For more of Michaela's spring picks, click here and if there's a weekend away in your future, don't miss her expert packing tips.


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