You might have to sit down before you read this; I’m about to contradict everything I’ve ever told you about the makings of an interesting outfit. If you’ve read any of my other posts, even just one, I’m sure it’s quite clear how dearly I love bold pieces. As an unapologetically avid thrifter, I have developed a seriously intense gravitational pull towards interesting textiles, audacious colors and thoughtful prints. If there’s one thing I push for, regardless of the trend I write about, it’s that you should always say something about yourself through the clothes you choose to slip on in the morning. And it is because of this love of all things unexpected and saucy that I often caution against the safety of neutrals, and encourage readers to select earth tones simply to allow a standout piece to have its moment in the spotlight. Even then, I typically recommend finding another interesting piece that complements, instead of competes with, the piece packing all the personality.
One of the most unexpectedly exciting trends for fall is a completely neutral color palette. Especially to me, the queen of printed pants, I am seriously impressed when I see someone working the solid muted tones because this look takes a real eye for fashion (and some serious lady swag) to pull off.
A few short and sweet pointers for rocking neutrals head-to-toe:
1) Throw in sparkle to add a focal point—the shine on these Charles Philip flats, for example, amps up an unsaturated ensemble where color would only detract from the effect.
2) This is one look that you cannot hold back in the accessories department. A bib necklace, like this one by Chan Luu or a statement nude Michael Kors watch are guaranteed showstoppers.
3) Try a deep polish for a dramatic finish—oxblood is huge this fall, for lips and nails. OPI’s new Bond Girl-inspired line of polishes carries a ton of inspiring shades.
Sorry about all the hating, neutrals. You have obviously proved me very wrong for keeping you as a wardrobe benchwarmer for so long. There is clearly hidden charm to all your colorlessness; it’s just about the right combination.