If black is the easiest color to pull off, then neutrals might be the trickiest. At first glance, whites, beiges, grays, and browns can look easy to wear, but they've got skin-dulling, frump-making effects that can beguile even the savviest of dressers. But, fear not! We've found three lovely ladies within the blogosphere who have mastered the art of neutrals. Try our accompanying tips for stepping into spring wearing light-bright neutrals without getting washed out!
Choose a neutral in a texture—Unlike black, grays and whites really spotlight varying textures. Betty's ruched skirt softens up her blazer + Breton striped combo.
Above, from left: Betty, image via Le Blog De Betty, RVCA Zoey Stripe Tee, $33.99, available at Tilly's; Cartonnier Acting Out Skirt, $88, available at Anthropologie; Topshop Square Leather Satchel, $125, available at Topshop; Topshop Maddox Woven Buckle Shoes, $60, available at Topshop; Twenty8Twelve Cobalt Blue Blazer, £245, available at Liberty.
Go skinny—Neutral pants have a way of making you look wider than you are. Choose something with a long and lean silhouette to avoid looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Above, from left: Frida J., image via Lookbook; Bottega Veneta Jersey Harem Pants, $360, available at Net-A-Porter; F21 Quilted Moto Jacket, $13.99, available at Forever21; Topshop Paisley Lace Longline Bralet, $40, available at Topshop; Opening Ceremony Lace-Up Wedge Sneaker, $485, available at Opening Ceremony.
Mix up hues—Take a cue from Rachel and wear all your neutrals at once. An airy cream dress looks ethereal paired with a buttery brown vest. Keep from looking too saccharine with some clodhopper heels.
Above, from left: Rachel Nguyen, image via That's Chic; French Connection Jolie Dress, $79.9, available at French Connection; H. Eich Military Inspired Waistcoat, $162, available at Farfetch; Giuseppe Zanotti T-Strap Cork Platform Wedges, $636, available at Bluefly; Miu Miu Vintage Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $255, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.