This micro trend is taking over the streets of New York

(and Meghan Markle has just backed it)

tonal dressing
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(and Meghan Markle has just backed it)

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, the Spring/Summer 2019 trends are starting to take shape, and I'm not talking about the catwalk.

Instead, I'm looking to the street, because the style set is just as influential in setting the sartorial scene as any designer.

This week, I've already noticed one big (micro) trend, which will transcend the seasons: tonal dressing.

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Think either the exact same shade head-to-toe, or variations of it. I say trans-seasonal, because you can just switch up the shades depending on the time of year. For AW19, I'm loving rich chocolate browns mixed in with caramel hues, or dark greens. For SS19, try experimenting with pastel shades like Susie Lau in her bubblegum pink outfit below.

tonal dressing

Even the Duchess of Sussex is getting in on the trend, wearing a lovely array of cream and taupe clothes below.

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There is no right or wrong with this trend, however I encourage you to experiment with different textures and slight variations of one same hue to give depth to your look. Shop a few of my favourite picks for this season by clicking on any of the above images.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.