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The most wearable and classic look this season is neutrals. Tones of taupe, pale grey, white and cream can look beautifully stylish and can work in your wardrobe for seasons to come; always so timeless, yet still looking fashionable. However, get it wrong and you risk your outfit looking like a badly laundered, crumpled bag of featureless cloth that looks like it needs a good iron. Eeek! Here are our tips to avoid “wash out”.


Bold Accessories

If you want to make your outfit pop and you are wearing one neutral colour, make sure you don’t forget about your accessories. Whether its shoes, a belt, statement jewellery or even a hat, give the outfit a bold colour splash or a funky pattern to cut through the monotone of the main outfit.

Think about hair and makeup too, you could go for a smoky eye or a bold lip and perhaps some hair accessories such as a scarf or decorated Alice band. This will make sure your outfit makes a statement instead of having no visual definition.

Womenswear Look: Jacket and Shorts - Hobbs. Shoes - Kurt Geiger. Bag - Jigsaw. Earrings - Hobbs.



Attention to Detail

Look for neutrals with great details such as tassels, bold shiny buttons or great elements of tailoring. A simple military styled jacket with shiny buttons is enough to elevate the whole outfit. Classic tailoring such as a simple white shirt or smart shorts will look clean and sharp when worn together.

Menswear Look: Jacket and Shorts - John Lewis & Partners. Loafers - Kurt Geiger. All Accessories - River Island.



Texture adds Interest

A brilliant way to make your outfit memorable is to add texture. Different fabrics, shiny or matt finishes, woven and leather, all in the same neutral colour can really look stunning. Also play around with sheer fabrics such as net, lace and silk as well as layering to really stand out from the crowd. A chunky heel or belt with a delicate neutral skirt or trouser is a simple and effective way to elevate the look. 

Womenswear Look: Trench Coat and Jumpsuit - Marks and Spencer. Shoes - Kurt Geiger. Hat - Oliver Bonas.



Tweak your Tones

Who thought all neutrals were, well, neutral? Nope! There are cool tones and warm tones and you should stick to shades of one or the other when creating your outfit. Unless you are head to toe in white, which works with both sides of the spectrum, you will find that cream, taupe and beige all belong on the warm spectrum and the palest grey sits on the cool spectrum. Perfectly toned neutrals mean that you can wear a few different neutral shades together which makes you look effortlessly cool (even if you have put significant effort in to the look!) but mix them up and the neutrals will clash. The best thing about neutrals is their versatility and ability to work with stronger colours means that they are great fashion staples, so they are always a great addition to any wardrobe.