It’s the trick that’s just been legitimised as one of autumn’s key trends. Spotted on the catwalk, street style stars and now The Duchess of Sussex - we guarantee you’ll want to do it, too.
We can always rely on Meghan Markle to step out in a look that’ll cause instant outfit FOMO, and subsequently make everyone buy exactly what she’s wearing. Yep, this is the ‘Meghan Effect’ and it usually takes hold pretty quickly, causing sell-out pieces within minutes – maximum, hours – of the Duchess wearing them.
Her most recent royal visit – a trip to Sussex – is no different: we saw Meghan wearing a green leather pencil skirt, so we all rushed out to buy a green leather pencil skirt. However, on this occasion, it’s less about what she’s wearing (that £69 & Other Stories blouse is actually still in stock, FYI), but it’s all about how she’s wearing it.
Confused? Let us break it down for you: when Meghan was in Sussex, she looked to a styling trick that’s already been spotted all over the autumn/winter18 catwalks, not to mention on every cool-girl going.
We’re talking, of course, about the two-tone colour combo. It’s the effortless way to wear colour this season, and now you’ve clocked it, you’ll realise it’s an instant win in the style department.
So, how do you do it?
Well, just like Meghan, you need to team two separates together in the same colour but a different shade. In Meghan’s case, it’s a forest green shirt (which you can shop below), paired with a slightly lighter pencil skirt from Hugo Boss.
Straight fit silk shirt, £69, & Other Stories
Annoyingly, the skirt in mention has already flown off the virtual shelves and sold out. However, we have found a very similar version from Sosander.
Check it out:
Green leather pencil skirt, £139, Sosander
As mentioned, this colour combo styling trick made an appearance on the Tibi and Jasper Conran catwalks this season, and it’s also been shown on the runway at Agnona: think top-toe-toe yellow shades for spring/summer 19, proving this is one trend that’s sticking around for this season, and beyond.
Still need convincing? The street style set have already cottoned on to the Crayola-cool look and have been wearing every shade from mint, to purple, to rust.
Here are a few of our favourite two-tone trends in action:
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand crepe blazer, £724, mytheresa.com
Diane Von Furstenburg flared trousers, £297, farfetch.com
Joseph draped wool and cashmere knit, £545, farfetch.com
Ronley bonded leather skirt, £995, Joseph
Lilac pocket front longline shirt, £19.99, New Look
Flared trousers, £49.99, Mango
Just see this as your simple step to entering autumn/winter in serious style.
Words: Harriet Davey