Black seems to be everyone’s preferred neutral of the colder months, especially in New York. This reality hit me even harder after going to an intensive color analysis training last year. At the training, I met a beautiful 20-something young woman with golden brown hair, tanned skin and gorgeous green eyes. She was originally from Texas, but moved to New York a few years ago.

As I started draping her in different colors (many of which looked amazing on her), I asked her if she ever wore any of them. She said yes, but only in the summer or when she was back home in Texas. “I can’t wear that much color here without getting looks from others, so I seem to be wearing a lot more black,” she said.

Stay Classy: Head-To-Toe Neutral Outfits (That Aren’t All Black)

I knew what she meant, but as we kept going with her analysis, it became clear that black was too harsh for her beautiful coloring. After showing her a few ways to wear black if she wanted to, we focused on some other neutrals instead — ones that create harmony and highlight her natural beauty.

When it comes to styling myself, black is not one of my best colors. I still wear it, but only in specific ways, and certainly not as often as I used to. Like my volunteer, I’m on the warmer side of the spectrum, and brown, golds and caramels look better on me than greys or blacks. One of my favorite lighter neutral pairings is caramel, cream and off-white.

I created two outfit ideas based on warmer and cooler tones keeping the pants the same — Everlane’s wide-leg crop pant in Bone worked really well for both. All that matters are the pieces you style them with…I even found warm and cool earrings for each.


Golds & Browns: Neutral Outfit Ideas For Warm Tones

All black isn't the only way to look classy in monotone. We've got 2 head-to-toe neutral outfit ideas in warm & cool tones -- both w/ Everlane's Wide-Leg Crop Pants.

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Silvers & Greys: Neutral Outfit Ideas For Cool Tones

If you’re a cool-tone, try swapping that camel for luxe shades of gray like this…

All black isn't the only way to look classy in monotone. We've got 2 head-to-toe neutral outfit ideas in warm & cool tones -- both w/ Everlane's Wide-Leg Crop Pants.

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How I Wear Lighter Head-To-Toe Neutrals

Whenever I wear head-to-toe neutrals, I often feel the need to add something eye-catching. It can be a silk scarf around my neck or tied to my bag, or a brightly-colored purse, but my favorite is always earrings. I got these during my recent trip to Colombia, BUT I just found some Etsy stores with similar Colombian earrings!

All black isn't the only way to look classy in monotone. We've got 2 head-to-toe neutral outfit ideas in warm & cool tones -- both w/ Everlane's Wide-Leg Crop Pants.
All black isn't the only way to look classy in monotone. We've got 2 head-to-toe neutral outfit ideas in warm & cool tones -- both w/ Everlane's Wide-Leg Crop Pants.
All black isn't the only way to look classy in monotone. We've got 2 head-to-toe neutral outfit ideas in warm & cool tones -- both w/ Everlane's Wide-Leg Crop Pants.
All black isn't the only way to look classy in monotone. We've got 2 head-to-toe neutral outfit ideas in warm & cool tones -- both w/ Everlane's Wide-Leg Crop Pants.
All black isn't the only way to look classy in monotone. We've got 2 head-to-toe neutral outfit ideas in warm & cool tones -- both w/ Everlane's Wide-Leg Crop Pants.

Wrap Sweater (TTS) / Pants (TTS) | Coat (similar) | Bag (on sale) | Boots (on sale) | Earrings (similar)

Shop Head-To-Toe Neutral Outfit Inspo

Do you like this type of post where I give options for different colors and tones? I’m very selective with my wardrobe and colors but want to always keep in mind that not everybody is like me. If you feel like mixing cool and warm colors, go for it! These are all just ideas.

For more tips on color, a lot of high-rise jeans, and a real and honest take on motherhood, let’s connect on Instagram (@julietatorresd) Social media shouldn’t be for the good things only. 

11 COMMENTS

  1. Appreciate the inspiration! I’m a warm spring and need to steer clear of black as well and am just starting to embrace that fact! I can’t give it up altogether, but i can at least try to keep it away from my face.

    • oh I love warm spring colors!! And don’t worry, you don’t have to quit black if you don’t want to. It’s just about knowing how to make it work for you and knowing you have a lot other options that would look great, so you don’t rely as much on it.

  2. Oh yes, please do more articles on color analysis! I have always been confused about what color season or even undertone I match — my skintone is clearly yellow but somehow I always gravitate towards jewel-toned cool colors and feel “too yellow” in browns and caramels. Then I realized a few years ago that I’m actually *olive* which explains why I can wear both silver and gold equally well… but most color analysis assumes that you fit into the cool or warm categories, so I’m still left a little clueless about what my “best” colors are.

    • oh yeah olive skin is trickier. I remember asking my instructor about “olive” skin and she explained how there’s some cool and warm olive skin tones. And after doing so many color analysis I’ve experienced it too. It’s true you can wear both gold and silver but when it comes to the full analysis, I’ve been able to see how cool or warm olive skin can. It’s so interesting!

  3. I love this! I have no idea whether I’m really a warm or cool tone, but I’ve decided the last couple of years that I prefer browns over black or gray for clothing, almost always. It’s just so much softer while still being easy to wear.

    • That could be a hint that you could be on the warmer and softer side. I think a lot of people unconsciously know some of their best colors. That’s not to say people on the cooler spectrum can’t wear brown, they can absolutely rock some shades.

  4. Loved reading about color analysis! Would love to see more about the different seasons – I think I’m a cool summer – and some outfit inspo to match!

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