Neutral tones – it’s a term that we hear fashionistas bandying about, but what are they, how do you wear them and why are they an important part of your wardrobe?
WHAT ARE NEUTRAL TONES?
Neutrals go with anything and everything and anything, and are a great place to start with integrating colours and prints into your wardrobe. Your most obvious neutral colours are black, white, grey and brown, and varying shades of these colours (beige, taupe, ivory, charcoal etc).
These are the colours that act as a base for everything else in your outfit. They can be worn by themselves, but they are also perfect for tying an outfit together so that you look sleek and polished rather than looking like you got dressed in the dark (super important when you’re mixing and matching prints). You probably already wear them without even thinking about it!
HOW DO I WEAR NEUTRAL TONES?
Depending on the look you’re going for, you can wear head to toe neutrals (stick with one or two – think black and white, monochrome looks fab and is always in season); you can have a neutral base with a pop of colour, or you can use neutrals to tie together an oufit that has colourful prints (blogger and stylist Caitlin Harrison is a master at this – check out her post about printed pants). Here’s how I’d style a few outfits with a neutral black base.
Wearing one or two neutral shades is the easiest way to look stylish and sophisticated. The easiest example of this is monochrome – it’s in fashion every season, is a great way to mix and match prints or combine textures, and it’s pretty … black and white. Choose one statement piece that is the focus of your outfit and build the rest of the outfit around that – a pair of printed pants with a white tee and a black cardi, a black and white striped dress with a killer pair of black heels … keep it simple and glam.
Adding a pop of colour to an outfit is a great way to brighten up your look and make your outfit more seasonal. This is perfect for someone who is trying to add more colour into their wardrobe but isn’t quite ready to go full on brights, and it’s ideal for changing up your work wardrobe.
Unless you’re a pattern clashing pro, you’re probably going to want to stick to one statement print. Build the rest of your outfit around that by finding the neutral base colour and using that colour for your finishing touches. For example, this dress could be paired with a tailored black jacket and heels for an evening look, or a leather jacket and lace up sandals for something more weekend casual.
How do you wear neutrals? Share your tips with us below!