Tonal Dressing || Light Layers for Winter

Before I realized that my personal style was best expressed with COLOR and lots of it, I leaned toward more toned down, or tonal, dressing. I loved dove grey and pastel pink, creams and pale blue. Often, I return to my tonal roots and play around with layering similar shades for a elongating effect. I love the look of combining pastel and ivory shades for a feminine feel and what better time to do that than during winter with sweater dresses. 

Oversized sweater dresses are a must in winter. They're warm and cozy and feel right worn for a get together at home or out to dinner with a funky pair of boots. I found two that I love from Tobi and immediately saw them with pastel tones and rose gold accessories.


The details of this look make it pop. The vintage woven white leather belt brings a bit of texture while accentuating the waist. The grey socks provide extra warmth and coverage while lengthening the boot. You could also try this look with thigh-high or knee-high socks, or a shimmer tight like these from Macy's

The Rundown:
Dress: Tobi, link here
Belt: vintage, similar here.
Socks: own, similar here.
Boots: Joie, link here.


When I tried on the following dress, the first thing I thought was: "Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct!" That was seconded by my husband who immediately said, "You look like an author," when he saw me. Maybe it's the turtleneck, my glasses, or the black and white imagery of my hair against the dress, but I am wholly on board with giving off author vibes.


I can see this dress worn on its own for a mod date-night look as it is a mini (at least on me, it doesn't reach my middle finger on my legs) but I liked the idea of making it office appropriate. I've been loving the layering dress over pants trend and decided to try it here by adding a straight leg jean underneath. The denim's raw hem adds a little bit of edge while rose gold accessories give the look some metallic shine.

The Rundown:
Dress: Tobi, link here.
Earrings: own, similar here.
Jeans: Free People, link here.
Heels: Aldo, link here.