Favourite Megan, this post is for you.
I have been pondering what is considered “neutral” in style ever since this comment:
It really got me thinking! I absolutely love my yellow pants and my mustard everything and my teal necklace, and I think they go with almost everything. I absolutely hate matchy-matchy looks – this stems from 1985 when I wore alternating pink and purple from head to toe. I have destroyed all photo evidence. By “matchy-matchy,” I mean “too carefully coordinated,” which I see all the time in stores and in the world around me. And yes, even on me from time to time. Since I’m so up on fashion, I am aware that wearing matching tops and bottoms is a current trend. Not sure if I will go there or not; depends if something crosses my path at VV Boutique! In the meantime, I set out to educate myself about neutrals. Now, get your coffee and prepare for the most epic post to date.
Neutrals are not just black and white! In fact, though this common colour combo often evokes clean classic style, I usually feel like a
waitress server (does that make me sound less old now since I made a date reference to when many of you weren’t even born?). Many people have primarily black and white in their closets, and some even intentionally stick to those basics for their own intriguing reasons. As for me, I love colour and always have! I am so happy to discover that neutrals include a broad range!
- typical colours – white, black, brown, beige, denim
- other colours – olive, navy, gray, charcoal, camel, oatmeal, taupe
- animal prints
- plaid, checks, gingham
- small prints
- colour blocking*
Most of the time, neutrals can be safely intermingled! This is a great strategy for layering! I think my yellow pants fall into the colour-block trend (more on that later!) and are best treated like a neutral so I used them to demonstrate some of the “new neutrals” in my closet.
*Colour Blocking Basics
- wear pieces from neighbouring spots on the colour wheel (the monochromatic trend would fall here)
- wear pieces from opposite spots on the colour wheel
- pair colour blocked pieces with neutrals
- if using three colours, pair 2 neighbouring colours with something from the opposite spot on the colour wheel
- use neutral accessories OR use accessories to bring in that third colour
Pinterest is of course a great source for all things style, and lots of style bloggers have mastered the use of colourful pieces in their wardrobes! Because I am dedicated to
playing dress up to avoid cleaning the cause, I pulled up a colour wheel and tested out the colour blocking basics:
With my green Talbots sweater $10 VV Boutique…
But take caution in wearing them together. Ho ho ho.
In conclusion, I leave you with some Neutral Style Rules:
- It has to GO, not match. In fact, avoid matching too carefully.
- Even if you’re wearing all neutrals, look for interesting details and texture – ruching, trim, hemline, print, etc.
- The monochromatic trend is an easy entry into colour blocking! Just throw on a scarf in a neighbouring hue or variation on the same colour!
- Mistakes happen, but experimenting and having fun with your wardrobe is worth the risk! Just be sure to think and talk nicely about your clothes, your body, your style no matter what happens! You’re the only you there is so be nice!
- Go forth with attitude! A good attitude makes up for almost anything!
That was fun! Not all of these pieces today were from VV Boutique, but no doubt VV Boutique is a great place to get great pieces to try out the New Neutral!