This post is a little peek into how I create my classic neutral outfits that you see on my Instagram. I should add that what works for me might not work for you. I’m by no means a professional stylist, so I can’t tell you which colours work for which skin tones and which don’t. I’m just sharing the process behind my classic neutral outfits hoping you will take away something useful out of it ☺️
My neutral colour palette consists of white, off-white, beige, camel, grey and blush hues. When looking for neutral clothing items, those are the colours I keep in mind. Furthermore, I like my style to be as minimal as possible; therefore, I avoid clothing with any frills, patterns or embellishments.
My wardrobe mainly consists of skinny jeans, fitted trousers, loose fit tops and slightly oversized outwear and knitwear. My go-to brand for coats and knits is Max Mara (Weekend Max Mara and S Max Mara) via Matchesfashion.com, Mytheresa, 24S and Luisaviaroma. I find Max Mara’s range caters to all of my requirements; elegant, minimal, timeless and available in a neutral colour palette. Classic neutral pieces are also available on the high street. I get my basics such as trousers, cotton shirts and t-shirts from Zara and H&M. Occasionally I shop at Mango as well. More on how I mix high-end and high street here.
When putting an outfit together, I usually prefer a monochrome look that is full-on matchy-matchy or an “ombre” monochrome look. I also like mixing neutrals, for example, pairing white and camel together (see photo below) or camel and grey. My neutral colour palette is very easy to mix and match; I guess that’s the whole point of neutrals you don’t need any skill to put an outfit together – it just works 😀
I rarely add a pop of colour to my neutral outfits, because I prefer monochrome or varying shades of neutral tones together. However, when I do, it is usually with a scarf (see photo below) or with my red Chanel mini flap bag.
For bags and shoes, I do prefer neutral shades, though I do have darker colours for a bit of contrast. I find matching accessories to an outfit’s colour palette pulls the whole look together. Furthermore, my bags and shoes are classic styles; trendy accessories look out of place on me.
That’s how I put together my classic neutral outfits, nothing groundbreaking or unique. I stick to a neutral palette and simple everyday pieces. I know my style is not the most exciting or adventurous. If you are someone that loves bold, vibrant colours, my style is never going to appeal to you. I just found a formula that I love and that works for me ☺️