Just in time for cooler temperatures and the prospect of stepping back into the work world, designers are serving up a luxe selection of head-to-toe neutral tones that combine a fresh feel with timeless staying power. From cream to camel, dove to slate gray, and taupe to stone, our favorite brands are offering up new ways to showcase neutrals with mixed metals and go-with-everything accessories.
Start with three
To master the tonal trend while celebrating your personal style, pick three tones in the same palette for a rich, layered effect that evokes timeless quality. A silky cream top with slim camel jeans and a loose cappuccino colored jacket is the perfect outfit for brunch on a patio.
Tonal dressing offers a fun opportunity to play with balance and proportion. Contrast wide-leg, cropped pants in slate gray (like this style) with a stone-colored fitted shell and sky-high silver stilettos. Layer on an armful of pewter bangles and a pair of hammered silver earrings, like this gorgeous set. You’ll make an impressive style statement at a cool gallery opening.
Add texture to the mix
When the color palette leans toward softer hues, the time is right to highlight a chunky sweater, plush suede pants or a metallic bag (like this one) to create a dramatic focal point while keeping your look cool and comfortable. And touchable textures are a great fit for date night.
Create a focal point
Balance matters with a tone-on-tone look. If you’re wearing a loose linen dress, cinch it with a wide belt studded with bronze nail heads. And if a slouchy, blush sweater is your favorite cozy go-to, consider adding a taupe silk skirt that falls all the way to the mid-calf and a pair of nude suede booties. In this look you’ll be ultra-comfortable at your next book club meeting.
Pile on the patterns
Neutrals do not have to be staid or predictable. Consider pairing a soft floral top with a dramatic plaid pencil skirt or a pinstripe pant for an exciting outfit that’s right at home in the workplace.
Without a doubt, head-to-toe neutral tones are the best investment for stretching your wardrobe dollars. Focus on adding quality, versatile items like the ultimate navy blazer, a go-everywhere motorcycle jacket or your favorite scarf. And one final note: be sure to build your neutral outfit over beautiful well-fitted foundations. Your wardrobe will be both smart and stylish.
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