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How to rock neutrals

With spring comes sunshine, blooming flowers and lots of color – both pastel and neon. If you’re not a fan of wearing a kaleidoscope of colors, dressing for this season can be rough. Prefer to stick with neutral tones? No problem. Black, white, beige, navy, cream, blush and gray will complement every skin tone color, so don’t be afraid to wear these colors in confidence this time of year.

Rather than waiting for fall and winter to roll back around, here’s how to rock a neutral palette in the spring.

Slimming diagonal lines come together and flare out in elegant geometrics, creating a shapely you along flattering princess seams. Full lining. Polyester; dry clean. Imported. Available only in Black Multi.
Patterned Blazer from Monroe and Main

Tone on tone

If you want to add a bit of color to your outfit, but are sill aiming for that monochromatic look, test it out by choosing different shades of the same color for each garment. Slip on a pair of dark gray skinny jeans with a basic gray T-shirt. Top it off by throwing on a leather or jean jacket. This tone-on-tone vibe is also successful if you choose fabrics of the same color but different textures. For an effortlessly chic look, opt for white cropped pants paired with a white lace top or ruffled blouse. Again, throw on that jean jacket to complete the outfit.

Accessorizing is another way to add color to a monochromatic outfit. Whether it’s with a bold fashion necklace or neon clutch, this pop of color is the perfect way to add a touch of spring to your outfit.

Neutral patterns

While neutral patterns aren’t exactly vibrant, they are subtly bold and add a bit of color in their own way. Think of all your muted patterned tops and dresses as colorful pieces – just go easy on the accessories. If most of your clothes are a solid shade, spice them up with a neutral patterned scarf to sneak some color in there.

This smartly-paired look is actually a one-piece, no-hassle, easy-on dress. The top blouses over the waist to cleverly cover your middle. Jacquard-woven, knee-length dress adds mini pattern and texture. 37" long. Belt not included. Rayon/spandex top; polyester/spandex bottom; polyester bodice lining. Machine wash; imported. Available only in Black.
Workin’ It Dress from Monroe and Main

Show some skin

Bold colors do a lot of talking, so for women who prefer a neutral palette, interesting cuts can make a statement, Go for a blouse with a well-defined, sophisticated cut when wearing neutral fabrics. Accentuate your collar bones by wearing a low-cut blouse with thin straps on the weekend, and cover up with a classic blazer for work. Remember: The less the color talks, the more the cut should. Just be sure you’re wearing a top that flatters your silhouette and isn’t too revealing.

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A Stone’s Throw Top from Monroe and Main

Embellish without fear

It’s hard to choose a necklace that matches perfectly with your eccentric color-block blouse or neon floral dress. Bright clothing is loud enough, and adding even a tiny bit of embellishment can come on a little too strong. If you favor an achromatic color scheme, you have the freedom to go crazy in the accessories department and without having to worry about looking like a Christmas tree.

Mix and match

The beauty of neutral color palette is that you can mix and match without having to worry about how the colors will look together. For starters, simply walk into your closet and grab all your articles of clothing that are neutral in color – your tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories in white, gray, black, tan, cream, etc. Separate and create piles for each color. Next, stand in front of a mirror and begin to mix and match your neutral garments to see what looks best. Wear your cream blouse with your favorite pair of dark gray jeans and top it off with a statement necklace that has black stones. No matter what you choose to mix and match, you can’t go wrong! Neutral colors go with everything.

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