Do you all ever wake up in the middle of the night, start thinking about random things and then come to some sort of realization? Well, it happened to me last night. One of the kids woke me up around 2AM and I couldn’t get back to sleep, so naturally I do one of three things at this time. I watch Law and Order: SVU, design rooms in my head, or design outfits in my head. (What can I say? I’m a creative Pisces with a love for Benson and Stabler.) Last night I started thinking about clothes, while watching SVU (multitasking) and randomly decided to grab my phone and start a new Pinterest board with neutral outfits. I found a few new things to pin and then decided to go through my regular fashion board to move some neutral outfits over to the new board. That’s when it hit me, I really love neutral clothes. Now, this is something I already knew about myself but looking at just how many neutral outfits I had already pinned, it just hit me that I REALLY love neutral clothes.
What Makes a Neutral Wardrobe?
1. Obviously, neutral colored clothes. A neutral wardrobe is made up of clothes that are white, black, camel, grey, navy, chambray, and any stripe pattern made of those colors. Ok, I may have made the stripe thing up just now, but I think stripes are always a good idea.
2. Denim, Denim, and more Denim! Give me all the denim: light wash, medium wash, dark wash, destroyed, flared, straight, skinny, and boyfriend. Denim can be worn with anything and take you from weekend wear to work wear (think dark trouser jeans).
3. Another key thing to having a great neutral wardrobe is finding flattering pieces that work for you. A neutral wardrobe is made up of timeless pieces that fit well. It really is better to pay more money for a great pair of jeans that fit you well, even if you have to have them professionally hemmed, than to keep wasting money on jeans you either end up hating or only wearing for a season.
4. Accessories are where you switch it up! I love accessories!!! (Hello, Stella & Dot stylist) You can own the same pair of jeans and white button down for years but constantly make it different with jewelry, scarves, shoes and bags. It’s like a blank canvas for your accessories. It’s better it invest money in the core pieces and then buy new accessories that change with the seasons.
Why a Neutral Wardrobe?
- Duh?? Everything goes with everything!! I don’t know about ya’ll, but I don’t have time in the morning to try and put together some amazing outfit before I go to work. I have to get myself and three kids out the door before the sun is up. Having a neutral wardrobe means that it all goes together. Black pants, khaki pants, and olive green pants go well with shirts that are white, black, grey and navy. Plus, I have always hated having an outfit in my closet that only goes with itself. I can only wear it every few weeks or so, because (gasp) people might notice that I’m wearing the same thing over and over. A woman’s worst nightmare- right?
2. Which leads me to my second point, you can switch things up constantly. Since it all goes together, you can stretch your wardrobe further. You can be creative and give the illusion that you have a lot more clothes than what you actually have. I’ll demonstrate this shortly. (Keep reading and scrolling)
3. A neutral wardrobe is timeless and classic. Of course you can add more fashionable pieces from time to time, but a good chambray shirt will be a great wardrobe staple today and five years from now. A great black blazer never goes out of style. A grey Patagonia Better Sweater will still be the same design ten years from now. A camel colored coat, well, you get the point.
4. Hey, It works for Jennifer Aniston! Don’t believe me? Look up Jennifer Aniston style on Pinterest and you will notice how put together, yet relaxed she always looks in neutral pieces. If its good enough for Rachel Green, its good enough for me.
Where to Start?
Not sure where to start. A few key pieces to begin investing in are: Denim, and not just jeans. Get a great denim dress. J. Crew, Gap, and Madewell always have some. They can be worn any season by changing up accessories and shoes. A chambray button down shirt goes with EVERYTHING!! Also a crisp, white button down shirt does too. Again, you can grab one at J.Crew, Gap, Madewell, or Old Navy. A good tee shirt in white, black and grey. I love Madewell’s tees. They are super comfy! As for me, I think I will continue to develop a great neutral wardrobe. I plan on cleaning out and editing my closet. (Don’t worry, I’ll still have pops of color) I just plan of investing more on good quality clothing that will last for years instead of clothes that I’ll be tired of after wearing a couple of times.
To prove my point to you, I grabbed 6 items out of my closet and started putting together outfits by switching pieces and accessories.