3 Ways to Wear all Neutrals

By Kennedi Rose / July 7, 2015

I don’t read a lot of fashion or style blogs, but the ones I do read tend to either love all neutral outfits or completely fear?all neutral outfits.

Personally, I tend to fall a little more in the middle when it comes to all neutral outfits. On one hand I can see how they might be scary or difficult to pull off since you don’t want to come off looking old, boring, or frumpy in an all neutral outfit. On the other hand, you don’t want to wear no neutrals and look like a confused middle-schooler with too many bright colors on either.

There is definitely a right and a wrong way to wear an outfit made out of all neutrally colored pieces. But first, what is a neutral anyway?

Back in the day there used to be only a few basic neutrals, like black, gray, and brown. But these days the neutral palate can include anything on the white to black spectrum, and also tans, camels, browns, navy, and olive. Then you also have some other colors that can be pseudo-neutrals, but we’ll save that for a later post. 🙂

If you are looking to wear an all neutral outfit, here are some tips to help you get started and avoid looking boring or frumpy.

Look for Structure

To avoid looking frumpy in any outfit, you need to have a balance of fitted, structured pieces, and some looser, flowy pieces too. For instance, if you wear a flowy chiffon blouse, you should pair it with tighter fitting bottoms, like skinny jeans. On the flip side, if you wear a flowy skirt, you should pair it with a more structured shirt, jacket, or blazer.

Here’s an example of a well-structured neutral outfit:


Photo from: Lingered Upon

The jeans in this photo are tighter fitting because the top is more flowy.

Use a Gradient

When you get ready to put together an all neutral outfit, adding neutrals that vary from light to dark will give your outfit some interest and dimension. This will also help it be boring and frumpy.


Photo from: Polyvore

This outfit does a great job incorporating light-colored pieces, like the accessories and sweater, medium colored pieces like the pants, and dark pieces like the shirt and shoes. They even suggested a neutral nail polish to finish off the look.

Go Monochromatic

Deciding to go monochromatic with your all neutral outfit might sound easy, but it can be even more difficult that putting together an outfit crafted out of neutrals from different color families. But when done right, a monochromatic outfit can be extremely classy.

Here are a couple of examples:

neutralsPhoto from: My Simply Special

This outfit is almost entirely monochromatic. The belt and shoes give it a little?something extra, but yet they are still subtle to not overwhelm the simple outfit.


Photo from: Who What Wear

Again this outfit has shoes and accessories that add a little something to the monochromatic outfit. Did you notice that this one is an example of a psuedo-neutral?

If you are still scared of all neutral outfits, but yet curious to try them out, perhaps you can use a Groupon Coupon for Kohl’s to get some new affordable pieces to try in your next all neutral outfit.

Do you ever wear all neutral outfits?

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