Some people like to figure out some sort of wardrobe plan or regimen that makes getting dressed simple and hassle-free. Many of these people turn to neutrals to create the basic building blocks for a fully functional and fabulous wardrobe. And don’t worry- neutrals aren’t going to make your sartorial creations a snooze- you can stil be very creative, original, AND look put together- all in about half the time of a less well-planned clothing collection.
The key with keeping neutrals interesting is not being afraid to mix textures and small patterns. Textures for spring include woven linen, lightweight tweed, sheer fabrics, and leather, plastic, and metal accents. Also remember that small patterns such as a stripe, mini flower print, or polk a dot can act as ‘textured neutrals,’ and you can mix and match as you would any solid piece.
Let’s take the basic white top as an example. The perfect white drapey tee shirt is a must-have, of course, but I also keep on hand a slightly sheer one for layering to add dimension or play a bit of lingerie peek-a-boo (my favorite fabric for this is a linen knit), and a boxy tee in soft cotton/silk is perfect for layering with shorts or cropped pants. A white safari shirt in either cotton or linen is another great layering piece, as is the classic white button-down in a loose boyfriend fit.
If white isn’t your thing, you can apply these same guidelines in any of your favorite neutral colors- khaki, navy, beige, gray…the list is endless!! And of course, don’t forget to punch up your neutrals with fabulous accessories!