Yes, this is a neutral

In case you haven’t noticed, color is EVERYWHERE right now. Jeans in every hue are readily available, as are blazers, trousers, shoes, bags, you name it. Color is officially the thing for spring.

Many clients hear me say over and over again that the best way to wear color is with a neutral. Now, if you’re a color veteran, you can play around with different color combos for sure. That’s not wrong at all. However, if you’re a color newbie, then teaming with a neutral is the way to start. That leads me to the next question: What is a neutral? The term neutral has broadened in the past several years, and it’s much more open to interpretation now. And this is a good thing! This means more things in your closet will work with those coral jeans you just bought but are still kind of scared of. So let’s break it down.

The Classic Solids.

Solid neutrals that almost always work with bolder colors are white, black, grey, navy, chambray, cream, khaki and putty. You will rarely go wrong with pairing one of these with a strong shade. Black’s the only one of the bunch to be a little more careful of. While it may seem like thee go-to neutral, it can tend to look severe next to spring’s bright colors. Black will work better with softer, pastel-like or faded colors. For more saturated hues, stick to the others in this category.

The New Classic Solids.

‘New’ solid options include mint, seafoam, and yellow. It may sound weird, but these work brilliantly with colored separates. Mint and seafoam are quieter colors, while yellow just weirdly works with a ton of stuff. (Which is why I’m a huge fan of yellow sandals for summer. They go with everything.)

The Prints.

This is where it gets fun. Certain prints can serve as fabulous neutrals. My favorites are stripes, animal prints, and polka dots. Don’t be scared. Always look to the base colors that make up the print to tell you whether it will serve successfully as a neutral. For example, the components of a leopard print are often cream, black, tan, and grey. All typical neutral solids! Same with stripes and dots. A navy/white dot and grey/cream striped top work as a neutral because the elements are neutral solid colors.

See how that works? This will not only help to make pairing with colors easier, but it can give otherwise ho-hum outfits more visual depth.

Now as you get more used to color in general, you can try adding a second bold pop to the overall ensemble.  But that’s a whole other post. We’ll get there soon enough.

In the meantime… go neutrals!


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