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
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…
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!
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.
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