***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!
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