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Downshift to neutrals: playing up subtle pieces

Look classy and chic this summer by incorporating more neutrals into your wardrobe.

Forget the myths about neutrals being too plain or boring. This season, you can combine those colors to play up a soft, flowing style that allows you to show off your personality. Neutrals are classy, refined and make your wardrobe extremely versatile. Plus, they’ll never go out of style, so you can wear them over and over again. Find out more about these flexible colors  shades and how you can incorporate them into your everyday look:

Defining neutrals

Neutrals are those basic colors: white, black, brown, gray, navy and even beige, cream and ivory. They go with just about any other color and should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Don’t think of neutral as just your basic pieces, though. These colors aren’t only for undershirts and dress pants. Neutrals work great for accessories, dresses, jeans, tank tops and more.

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Wearing them on your feet

Shoes can be expensive and take up a lot of space in your closet. It’s not really practical to think you can purchase a shoe for every outfit you have. However, there is a solution. Think of neutral shoes like an investment. You buy a few pairs of nude, black or white shoes and you’ve got footwear that complements virtually every outfit you own, saving you money, time and space. Consider purchasing neutral colors in several shoe styles (flats, sandals, heels, and so on). This will ensure that no matter what type of shoe you want to slip onto your feet, you’ll have a guaranteed match.

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Add some fun

While neutral on neutral is totally acceptable, especially during the summer season, it’s always a good idea to incorporate a spark of color, according to Stylishly Me. For example, if you plan on wearing a champagne-colored top with white pants, let your accessories shine a little brighter. Consider pairing the outfit with a fun purse, pumps or a pair of sandals with a bright color or pattern. However, that standout point of the outfit doesn’t need to be overdone. If you’d rather keep the look more subtle, just add a variety of textures, like a lace-patterned top with a non-textured pair of pants.

onsider pairing the outfit with a fun, summer purse or a pair of sandals with a bright color or pattern.

Think about your skin

Neutrals coordinate with almost every color, but not necessarily every skin tone. advised that fair-skinned women opt for a darker neutral such as shades of brown and gray rather than a light cream or ivory. On the other hand, darker-skinned individuals can go for those paler hues.

darker-skinned individuals can go for those paler hues

The layer effect

Just as neutrals can be paired with bright and bold hues, they can also complement each other. Layering neutrals lets you play with a variety of clothing textures, patterns and styles without worrying about clashing colors. The powerful combination of neutrals is simple and classy, and it works in both casual and formal settings. This effect can be achieved by pairing two different clothing pieces together, or finding something that already throws multiple neutrals into the mix, such as a block dress.

woman wearing a neutral colored suit

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with varying neutral colors. Whether you test out the look with accessories or an entire outfit, it’s sure to look chic and fabulous.

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Comments (5)

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Published on May 11 2015

Last Updated on Jan 15 2016

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