***Update from Carrie: read our latest article about Neutrals, 18 Neutrals on Our Radar for Fall, written by my adorable sister Kelli. 


3 Tips for Making Neutrals Interesting

When it comes to clothes, many people are afraid of bold colors. On the other hand, I myself am afraid of neutrals. I guess I fear to look too plain or boring. I’m not interested in blending in. I like for my style to have personality!

As this fall season has descended upon us, though, I’ve felt strangely drawn to neutrals. The first inkling of that can be seen here when I donned the beautiful camel long vest by Alexander Wang.

Since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about neutrals… Despite my colorful tendencies, neutrals have a lot to offer. They are classic and versatile. Neutrals tend to outlive trends. They are the building blocks of a wardrobe, effectively serving as multipliers by allowing one to mix and match pieces with ease.

So, how I can incorporate them into my fashion while still being true to my personal style? Here are three ideas I find myself embracing.

1. Turn to texture

Texture is one of the most interesting elements to play with when creating a look. The cozy knit of this sweater creates a nice juxtaposition with the slimming diagonal lines of the jeans. Plus, the hat has feather trim, while the boots are made of a hair-like material. Even the Chanel purse has a quilted texture to it. Each piece has its own unique texture.

2. Mix materials

Not only can you mix materials, but consider mixing different neutrals. Cream, camel, and denim are all mixed in this look. Neutrals by definition effectively blend with other colors, including each other. An all-neutral look doesn’t have to mean monochrome.

3. Play with print

A dash of print can keep things playful. Even with an all-neutral palette, prints can help you add that extra kick to the look. In my case, I added print through the fawn print of the boots.

Shop The Not-So-Boring Neutrals

With those tips in mind, I’ve curated a number of other interesting neutral options to help you replicate this look. Options vary by style and price point. There is a unique twist to every item I’ve included. Enjoy browsing!

Shop My  Look

Joseph chunky cable-knit sweater | Current/Elliott stiletto patchwork jeans | Laurence Dacade fawn ankle boots | Eugenia Kim Emmanuelle hat | Karen Walker super duper thistle sunglasses | Nars scarlet empress lipstick | OPI nail polish | Chanel boy bag from The Vintage Contessa


How do you keep your neutral outfits intriguing? I’d love to hear your tips! Have a great day.


Photos by Justin James Photography


  1. Rose says:

    I love this post on neutrals. Im so obessed with those boots! It is refreshing to see a neutral outfit that stands out a bit. I love neutrals but they can be bland if not worn the right way. I do love that you wear color most of the time!! Always look forward to your unique style!! (Instagram: roseanneantoinette )

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Rose!!! I always appreciate all of your support – here on the blog, on Pinterest, on Instagram. Thank you!

  2. Love your ideas! As a girl who has a closet full of neutrals, it’s nice to get some ideas on how to spice things up. 😉 Those boots are totally gorgeous, too!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Amanda!

  3. coffeeslag says:

    OF COURSE your boots are Laurence Dacade haha, he has been KILLING it with the boots lately. I want all his shoes.


    1. Carrie says:

      Ha – thanks! Yes, her designs are amazing. I had a chance to visit the showroom in Paris to see the upcoming SS 2016 collection. So many amazing shoes!

  4. Faraloo says:

    Awesome look!!
    Love the boots!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Faraloo!

  5. Sophie says:

    I love this look!! I love the patchwork on the denim, its so perfect and the ankle boots….LOVE!!!
    Smitten Sophie

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Sophie! Aren’t the jeans fun and unique?

  6. Maggie says:

    Love these tips! Neutrals are always a great go-to 🙂


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Maggie! I appreciate you stopping by.

  7. Sheree says:

    You have such a fabulous style!! The patch denim and the polka dot boots…amazing!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah thanks so much, Sheree! So kind of you to say.

  8. Jyotsna says:

    Love your interesting take on neutrals! Those booties make this outfit so so fab! xx


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jyo! Loved your fitness post today.

  9. Bella B says:

    I adore your fawn boots! I really need to find some patchwork jeans like those because I think I would use them so much.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Bella! Yes – I am loving them so much.

  10. Carine says:

    Great ways to keep neutrals interesting! Thanks for all of these wonderful tips!
    Fashion Soup

    1. Carrie says:

      I’m glad you liked, Carine! Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Charlotte says:

    I love your look ! Love the hat and the boots.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Charlotte! Have a great day.

  12. Ally says:

    Stellar shoes and those jeans are just fun!

    Xo Ally


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Ally! Hope your week is off to a great start.

  13. Jane says:

    I’m obsessed with your cable knits as well! So chic!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Jane! Have a great week.

  14. I have stayed away from neutrals for years (except from grey which could be assimilated to a neutral, no ?). I always thought that you need to be a little tanned and have a sunny weather to wear those tones well.
    But you are so right and it feels so cosy and comfy with these kind of pairings … So, for winter I will have a white jeans, with my favs Sergio Rossi boots in camel, a loose camel knit …. A sleeveless jacket in sheepskin will complete the look ? What do you think ? Xoxo

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