How to Wear Neutrals from Head to Toe


Boring beige? Washed-out white? Not if you choose the right shade for your skin tone and wear neutrals in the right way.

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The Right Shade

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First of all, remember that there is no ‘one shade of white’ or beige or cream, so you need to find out what works for you. According to fashion magazine InStyle, color is the most important thing in styling. The wrong shade will make you look washed out.

The Right Fabric

The key to wearing neutrals is to vary the fabric so there is variety in the texture. Too much of the same material can just look boring. So maybe mix an Aran jumper with smooth jeans or linen trousers with a silk top. If you do decide to wear the same fabric, try adding a belt in a different shade.

The Right Occasion

The obvious occasion to wear white or cream is as a bride, so this is the one time when the wedding guest dresses should not be in these colors. However, these are not the only neutral colors – grey and navy also count. You could wear cream colored shoes with navy – they will add length to your leg if your skin is a similar color. If you do this, don’t mix in other colors. While we are on the subject of weddings, try to find out what the bride will wear and check out specialist retailers such as so you get something that fits in without competing.

The Right Single Item

There are some great chunky knitted dresses around at the moment, so find one with a bit of panache – something button-through so you can leave a split at the bottom. Pair it with a pair of slouch boots in a complementary shade and you’re good to go.

The Right Boiler Suit

A neutral color with contrasting buttons can look great, especially if you wear boots in the same contrasting color and keep your other accessories in the same color.

The Right Coat

Camel coats never go out of style, so you can wear one from season to season. Just remember the advice about the right shade, though. If you want a neutral look, try white or brown trousers. If you go for brown, wear cream-colored shoes or boots.

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