How to Wear and use Neutrals in your Wardrobe

Neutral coloured pieces are the back bone of a capsule wardrobe. We all need them, and when I create a capsule wardrobe we ensure that it has at least 2 neutral colours. The beauty of this is that a neutral should go with any other colour you introduce into your wardrobe, meaning you will always have something that will go with a new coloured purchase.

Wearing accent colours with neutrals is one way you can stand out and add some personality to your outfit. But wearing tone on tone neutrals is an expensive, chic look – often seen on the Armani and Ralph Lauren catwalks.

It’s a good idea to have both a selection of more expensive items – like a coat or leather skirt – and accessories in neutral colours as they will work harder in your wardrobe giving you better cost per wear. Below are some examples of how to wear neutrals; mixing two together, tone on tone and with an accent colour.

how to wear neutrals, capsule wardrobe

Left – Dress Hobbsicon, Cardigan and Shoes Boden, Bag Coach, Scarf Jigsawicon. Right – Scarf Atterley Roadicon, Knitted jacket Boden, Bag Michael Kors, Shoes Clarks.

The example above shows a grey neutral dress firstly mixed with tan (a not often used, but striking combination) and secondly with cream. Other interesting combinations include navy and black or chocolate brown and black.

how to wear neutrals, caspule wardrobe

Left – Shirt Hobbs NW3, Cardigan Fenn Wright Manson, Bag Whistles, Jeans and Boots Boden. Right – Top Hobbsicon, Leather jacket Baukjen, Bag L.K. Bennett, Trousers Boden, Boots hobbsicon.

The next two looks show variations of the same neutral worn tone on tone. This look works better when you incorporate a pattern as in the fern print shirt or by using texture as shown on the right with leather, suede and wool.

how to wear neutrals, capsule wardrobe

Left – Cardigan, Top and Shoes Boden, Skirt and Bag LK Bennett. Right – Skirt, Shoes and Bag as before, Scarf Betty Barclay, Cardigan Kettlewell Colours, Top Hobbsicon.

Finally showing a neutral skirt with splashes of colour. Make sure the outfit is pulled together – in the first outfit the base colour of the top matches the skirt and bag. In the second look colours for the top, accessories and cardigan are picked out from the scarf.

If you are thinking of making an investment purchase I recommend considering a neutral colour first (and try something other than black!) you’ll find it will go with so much that you already own and may be just what you need to fill a gap in your wardrobe.