Neutrals are everywhere now from feet to nails. A look composed completely of neutrals is the most trendsettting. Don’t be hindered by age, size, or fabrics. This look has no boundaries and works for any age. Covering up in romantic layers is the way to do it now. This popular approach is especially good at any size. Silk, cotton, linen, lightweight wools and cashmere all have their part in this look. A combination of textures is important.
Don’t limit yourself to black, white, and gray. Camel, caramel and metallic are very popular, fresh spins on tradition. An animal skin print is perfect as a pattern neutral that stands out, looks stylish and is easy to wear. Minimalism and simplicity are important. Monochromatic looks can be inventive and flexible. Use what you have to create a fresh take combined with investments in staple pieces such as a jacket and pants.
Whatever you do, don’t stint on quality, because subtle, solid colors show fabrics well.
1) Ivory and Beige – Cool Sophistication
Ivory, cream, beige, tan – combine them several together in your outfit.
Consider an investment in a great trench coat. A darker neutral such as a classic tan can be worn year-round. Winter white is the new classy classic.
Ralph Lauren Grayson Leather Trench Coat
Robert Rodriguez Trench Coat available at Nordstrom
Cream Lace Suit – a combination of beautiful light textures
2) Natural Linen
The original undyed color of linen is a color between beige and gray with lots of texture. It’s especially effective contrasted with sparkling white or dramatic black.
Lightweight fine gauge linen in its natural undyed color, a sophisticated casual look by Eileen Fisher
Fair Trade Bead Crocheted Necklace made by artisans in Peru
Cap Sleeve Dress – pleats create a soft shape
Open-Twist Cardigan, by Eileen Fisher
3) Camel and Carmel – Rich and Versatile
Camel and in all its shades are an asset to your wardrobe.One great dress or a pair of classic pants can be worn over and over and still look great. Caramel is its richer, more vibrant cousin. It looks especially appealing in accessories.
Ralph Lauren McNeil Chino Shirtdress
Lalette Satchel, by Salvatore Ferragamo
Elephant Charm Bracelet
4. A Beautiful Gray Day
Pair together shades of grey with white and ivory. .
Zenergy Vertical Stripe Tee at Chico’s
Ombre Scarf and Crinkle Dress, by Eileen Fisher
Daffodyl Cutout Ballet Flats, by COACH
Essential Metallic Belt, by Soft Surroundings (click photo to order)
Sequined Cardigan, by Donna Karan
6. Roaring Prints
Try animal skin prints on your feet or on a purse to get the look without being too dramatic. Pair them with other neutrals to keep the light-look in the jungle of fashion.
Stella McCartney Nirvana Leopard Print Nylon Top Handle Bag, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Julian Python-Embossed Small Shoulder Bag, by Michael Kors
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