NEUTRAL GROUND: THE ESSENTIAL BASICS

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Not a fan of bright colours? No problem. There are a ton of neutrals out there that have to power to brighten up your style. We tell you how to pick them and how to wear them.

 

KHAKI

Always wearing head-to-toe black? Add a touch of military green! It adds a point of focus and creates a polished finish while staying on the sober side.

Key khaki piece: an adaptable parka, cargo pants and a handbag.

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BEIGE

This one is tricky: wear it wrong and you could look tired or faded out. Very light skin tones (like redheads or blonds) should go for a sandy-beige while olive skins should pick up rosier hues. Dark skin tones can get away with anything on the beige sprectrum: it,s all good. Basically, steer away from anything that’s comes close to your natural skin tone.

Key pieces: a chunky knit to soften cold days, a nude pump that matches your skin-tone to lengthen the leg.

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GREY

Charcoal grey can sit in for black for a softer look, while lighter greys, anywhere from bleuish ones to heather, go with everything, even with each other. Head-t-toe grey is not only possible, it is encouraged!

Key pieces: a scarf (according to our stylists, it goes with everything!), a comfy sweater and a classic blazer.

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WHITE

Stylists don’t consider it a neutral per se, but it sure can brighten up an outfit. Pro tip: wear it as an inner layer, then covered with something darker.

Key pieces: a structured buttoned shirt, a classic t-shirt.

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NAVY

Wearing navy with black used to be a huge fashion faux-pas, but things are changing and now navy can act as a neutral, or not.

Key pieces: a dark raw denim to go with absolutely anything; work pants and a sport jacket.

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BLACK

It’s easy to get sucked into the abyss of the all-black wardrobe, but it can also look amazing if styled right. Avoid a frumpy finish by picking structured and textured pieces: too much cotton jersey is never a winning look.

Key pieces: skinny jeans, a structured handbag, versatile pumps, and a little black dress (obviously).

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BROWN

Brown is tough to pull-off in the summer, so we say save it for the colder seasons. Match it with a warm tone (burgundy, navy and plum work well). Just like beige, steer clear of anything that matches your natural skin tone.

Cognac, lighter and warmer than classic browns, is easier to wear and more versatile than, say, chocolate brown.

Key pieces: boots, belts, bags, anything made of leather or suede.

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