Just the other day, while working in the store, I had a customer come in to shop. After my typical welcome phrase, she quickly responded, with "Wow, why so many neutrals? I just want some color." It got me to really start to think about how so many people do not see that neutrals are colors. I took a good look around my store and saw so many beautiful neutral colors, I loved it!
You're absolutely right! Neutrals are indeed colors, but they are often described as "neutral" because they lack strong, vibrant hues. They typically consist of muted or subdued colors that can serve as a versatile base for your wardrobe. Neutrals include shades like black, white, gray, beige, taupe, and earthy tones. While they may not be as bold or vibrant as other colors, they are incredibly adaptable and can be mixed and matched with a variety of other colors and patterns.
When working with neutrals in your fashion choices, it's important to keep in mind that they can provide a harmonious backdrop for more colorful accessories, patterns, or statement pieces. This allows you to create a balanced and visually appealing outfit that suits your personal style.
Incorporating neutrals into your wardrobe doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to a lack of color; rather, it's a way to create a versatile foundation for your outfits while allowing room for creativity and expression through your choice of accessories, shoes, and accent colors.
Here's my guide on how to create a neutral fashion wardrobe for the colder seasons:
Tip #1 - Lighter Washed Denim
I know you are wondering why I would suggest lighter-washed denim when we are going into winter but hear me out on this one. I have found over the years that when I pair an ivory or taupe-colored top with darker denim, it just doesn't scream clean and classic. It ends up making me feel like there is a distinct line between my top and my bottoms. Instead I want to see that my outfit flows from top to bottom with ease.
Tip #2 - Neutral Outerwear
I recently brought this new brand into the store and have been obsessed with this particular reversible puffer vest. The Sage Vest is ivory on one side and tan on the other, making it so versatile. So today, when deciding what to wear to get my nails done, I threw the Sage Vest over my tan Howdy Sweatshirt and then conveniently paired it with a light wash pair of Wrangler denim, slip-on Birkenstocks, and an ivory ribbed beanie to complete the look. Talk about a comfy, clean, and casual look.
Check out a few more neutral-colored outerwear pieces from Beloved.
Tip #3 - Earth Tones
It is easy to assume that neutrals are only considered to be ivory, taupe, tan, and cream. However, it does include those amazing earth tons as well. I just love a good earth-tone color, and it's especially fun to wear these colors in the fall and winter.
This outfit is a beautiful example of how to skip the denim and wear some colored pants. I started building this outfit with the Rosa Velvet Flare by Dear John Denim in espresso. I then wanted to add a little lightness with the Cross Ribbed Top under the Fawn Vest by Steve Madden and then finished it with our Caty Boot.
Tip #4 - Dark is Neutral
Don't forget black and gray tones as well. I mean, I can't help but gravitate towards black, and I have to force myself to not wear black every day. It is just such a great staple color. I do love the look of pairing a black top with lighter washed denim and mixing with creams for a clean look. Below we have our black Cassi bodysuit that would go great with our Marci denim (pictured above) paired with our Hawk H2O waterproof boots. I also highly suggest the Elson sweater, which pairs great with our black Free Fall Pants.
All in all, I am truly a neutral kind of girl. Don't forget to check out more pieces we have in our online store that are the perfect neutrals for this fall/winter season. Beloved is a small, locally owned boutique in the heart of Breckenridge, Colorado.
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