Dressing your best doesn’t have to be hard. But sometimes, we overcomplicate things by trying to go too bold, too busy, or too trendy. Neutrals are the perfect way to start creating a cohesive wardrobe. Not only do they go with everything, but they also create a foundation on which you can build more color. With five simple tips, I will show you how to create a cohesive wardrobe using neutrals.
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Here are some tips on how to create a cohesive wardrobe using neutrals:
We all know the age-old saying, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Well, the same goes for your wardrobe. You want to create a cohesive wardrobe that will help you look and feel your best, regardless of the occasion or your size. And the best way to do that is by starting with a foundation of neutrals.
LESS IS MORE, EVEN WITH COLOR
We’ve recently talked about the spacial and emotional burden our current culture of excess has put on us. All this stuff we have is stressing us out! One of my favorite things about starting with a good foundation of neutral pieces for everyday wear is that you can get away with having fewer clothes.
YES, it’s true!
Think about it; if you wear a red dress three times a week, even if you style it differently each time, people will remember that dress. If you style a gray dress three ways in one week, it’s not as memorable.
MY UNIFORM OF CHOICE
I have been a brand ambassador for Vionic shoes this fall and winter season; they send me shoes, and I style them to create content for advertising. Now, initially, this created a ton of stress for me. Oh, the angst of having to put outfits together that looked fashionable and put together on this less than perfect body!
But then I realized, especially as a curvy woman, I look my very best (and the shoes look better, too) when I keep my outfits simple.
So today, I’m sharing one of my favorite outfits this season as an example of a non-boring, neutral outfit. I’m also sharing some links to some neutral cardigan dusters that would be a fun addition to your wardrobe IF you don’t already have something similar you love.
**In the interest of not becoming a “dealer” for more stuff, I encourage you to shop your closet first and assess if adding some neutral basics would help you build a more cohesive wardrobe foundation. If so, I’d appreciate the support if you see something you like here. 😉
HOW TO BUILD A COHESIVE WARDROBE WITH NEUTRALS
Neutrals are an essential part of any wardrobe because they can be worn with anything, and they always look good. Plus, they’re super versatile and can take you from day to night, formal to casual, and everything in between. So if you’re looking to create a cohesive wardrobe but don’t know where to start, here are a few tips on how to do it using neutrals:
1) Start with a few basic neutrals – A basic neutral wardrobe should include a few key pieces in black, white, gray, and navy. I also consider denim to be a key neutral in your closet. These colors can be mixed and matched with each other to create endless outfit possibilities.
2) Add in some seasonal neutrals – In addition to your basic neutrals, add in some seasonal neutrals too. For example, add a camel coat in the fall or a white blazer in the spring. This will help you stay stylish all year round.
3) Play with textures – One way to keep neutrals from becoming boring is to add basics with a texture like the chunky textured cardigan I’m wearing or interesting necklines and sleeves.
4) Use color wisely – While it’s important to have a foundation of neutrals, don’t be afraid to add some pops of color too. Just make sure they compliment your skin tone and overall look. After my color analysis, I know cool summer colors look best on me. But if you aren’t ready to make that investment, choose neutral color tones that look best on you.
For example, if you have a cool complexion, stick to blue-based colors even when selecting neutrals like navy, cool grays, and pink-based beiges; if you have a warm complexion, stick to warm tones like olive, camel, and brown.
5) Accessories make the outfit – The beauty of neutrals is that they can be paired with any type of accessory imaginable. So don’t be afraid to add necklaces, colorful scarves, or fun hats to change up your look on a whim. However, be careful because, remember, some Accessories Make You Look Old.
So there you have it! Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a cohesive wardrobe using neutrals.
I love to wear light heather gray, but mushroom brown is a close second. What is your favorite neutral color to wear?