ALL IN THE DETAILS: Mixing Neutrals

I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t wear brown and black together. But, then again, I’m the kind of person to wear all-black looks daily and owns no color to speak of. For people who own and wear more than just black, white, and gray, it can sometimes be difficult to find the right balance of mismatched neutrals in a single look, but this Fashionisto makes mixing neutrals look easy in this professional look.

When dressing for an important event such as an interview, wedding, or a TEDx talk like this Fashionisto was giving, sticking to neutrals is always a safe bet. This applies for Fashionistas as well. You can never go wrong with the classic black pants and white shirt combo, but this guy stood out from the crowd in his blue button-down shirt and gray pants.

While I love that he chose a colored shirt instead of something neutral, I love his mixing of gray pants and brown accessories even more. By wearing both a brown belt and brown loafers, he’s able to pull the look together and avoid looking like he grabbed the first couple of accessories in his closet.

He even threw in a watch with a black band and gold timepiece. Adding another neutral into the mix is risky, but the small amount makes it fit with the rest of the look and doesn’t distract from his other brown-colored accessories.

Mixing neutrals can be a great way to create simple but interesting outfits, so next time you’re dressing for a professional event, try adding some brown to a look with black or gray. Just be sure everything is balanced so your mismatching neutrals look intentional instead of accidental.