Everyone needs a go-to neutral each season, but how you define a neutral can be remarkably individual. For instance, I have an aunt who considers fuschia to be a basic, and she looks fabulous doing it. However, most of us would prefer something a little more traditional. Which is why defaulting to black is almost a style standard for most of us, and for good reason. Black is classic, it is chic and it is almost always appropriate. But perhaps you may want to change it up for summer, so here are my suggestions.
All White Everything. There’s nothing is quite as luxurious looking as all white or ivory, and it is perfect for the summer. We like flowy wide leg pants with a fitted tee and gladiator sandals for poolside, but more fitted pants like these from White House Black Market for the office or any similar setting. Pair them with a white button down and gold, bronze, or rose gold accessories for a truly modern look.
Go (Navy) Blue. Navy is almost universally flattering, and it can be great to change it up for warmer months or vacations. A navy blazer is a traditional preppy look if that is your thing, or a navy sundress like this one from ModCloth can be a fabulous choice that’s elegant, summery, and appropriate for many occasions. Add a cardigan in almost any color (although we like the idea of lemon yellow, blush pink, or spring green) and you’re set for any special occasion.
Fifty Shades Of Brown. Anything from taupe to caramel to chocolate can work, and are easy to mix in with other colors (just don’t do frumpy pleated khakis – please leave that look in the 90s where it belongs). But brown is perhaps the most versatile in the form of accessories, particularly handbags like the Mulberry Alexa. It’s not only a good alternative to black, it’ll last you a lifetime.
Pick Soft Charcoals. If you don’t really want to totally give up on black or darker looks in the summer months, charcoal or even darker heathered gray can give off the same video without the harsh contrast. And that look works with the current athletic wear/athleisure trend – this drapey Wyatt top available at Bluefly is a perfect example that would work with a variety of styles.
Learn To Love Olive. Granted, while green isn’t technically a neutral, shades of olive are trendy now and looks good on most women. Just make sure the undertones match your own skin tone. The difference between a cooler shade or warmer hue can make all the difference. Or you can make it easy with accessories like these Marc Jacobs sunglasses, but I also like olive sandals or handbags as a way to lighten it up for summer.
What are your favorite alternatives to black in the warmer months? Or do you prefer to embrace how awesome black looks with a (hopefully faux) tan?
2. Modcloth Socialize on the Prize Dress, $59.99
3. Mulberry Alexa Bag, $625
– Jacqueline Zenn
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