How to Use Fashion Neutrals Properly

by Karen Bates
(last updated July 31, 2015)

It can be fun to buy and wear different clothes to make up various outfits. You might have collections of clothing for work, recreation, warm weather, cool weather, and everything in between.

When shopping for clothes, you might end up with clothing that catches your eye because it has an interesting color or pattern. But what happens if you take it home only to realize that you have no idea what to wear it with? Even though you love your new clothing item, you might be unsure of exactly how to wear it.

Don't worry—there is a solution to this problem, and it's fairly simple. No matter how large or small your current wardrobe may be, you will be able to get the most out of the clothing you own by having a few staple pieces that are neutral colored.

So just what are "neutral colors," and why would you want to wear them? Neutral colors include shades of brown, tan, black, gray, navy blue, and white. These colors go with almost any color, and are not likely to clash or look bad with other pieces of clothing.

True, these colors aren't very exciting, but they can help your wardrobe reach its full potential and will allow you to wear your clothes in more ways than you may have ever imagined. Start by introducing some neutral colored items to your wardrobe such as camisoles, tank tops, t-shirts, shoes, and pants. Once you have some of these necessities in your closet, you'll be ready to use them with your other clothes.

How can you use these neutral pieces with your other clothes? First, start with one of these neutral items, like a shirt or pair of pants. Then, you can add on from there with bolder items from your wardrobe. As you try various items of clothing with your neutrals, you will find that almost anything looks good with them. Even clothes with a unique pattern or color will most likely look great with your neutrals, and your look won't be too over-the-top because neutral colors aren't flashy.

Try wearing bright, striking blues with brown shades, pinks with white or black, or a busy floral print with tan. You can mix and match to create new outfits and give your clothes more mileage.

Using fashion neutrals in your wardrobe can really help you to find new ways to wear your clothes and look coordinated. Try different combinations and discover new outfit possibilities.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...


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