Neutrals are stealth style heroes for fall that you can build your entire wardrobe around. Beige, ivory, taupe, black, grey, white—these subdued yet super flattering tones take the stress out of outfit planning.
Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Meghan Markle have all long known the power of neutrals. But the trend has also sprung up on the collections of brands like Jacquemus, Tory Burch, and Chloe. Keep scrolling for all the details on how to wear neutrals, and why they're a smart fall wardrobe investment that you can wear long after the last leaf has fallen.
One of the easiest (and most flattering) ways to pull off the fall neutral color trend is by going monochromatic. The long lines of an all-white, all-black, or all-grey ensemble are instantly slimming, and darker colors will up the elongated effect even more. It's a clean look you can wear both desk-side during the day and when sipping your fave libation post-sunset. Opt for classic pieces like pencil skirts, wide-leg trousers, and sweaters in the same color family. We love a grey sweater tucked into a skirt in a similar hue and texture—this look exudes an uncomplicated elegance, elevated by the clean, fresh feeling that comes with wearing monochromatic neutrals.
Jack of all trades
If there's one argument for building out a wardrobe full of fall-color neutrals, it's that it's versatile. Equip yourself with a capsule of blouses, pants, skirts, dresses, and outerwear in neutral shades, and you'll find it a cinch to switch up your style, wherever you may be headed. Neutrals can also tone down bright colors, prints, or unusual textures like sequins and velvet. When shopping, go specifically for neutral clothing that goes with other garments in your closet (especially bolder pieces that you're not sure how to style). Think of it as adding finishing touches, like blazers, cardigans, or even nude colored heels. A black structured blazer works great with a statement floral print or sequin dress, while nude heels ground a bold silhouette.
What makes soft fall neutrals a wardrobe winner is that they they aren't likely to date a well-made tan peacoat or little black dress will always be in style. So it's a good idea to invest in neutral, classic pieces that resonate with your personal style that you can see yourself wearing now and well into the future. This is especially true for your work wardrobe: you can stick with a chic, boxy black blazer, a simple white tee, and straight-leg jeans with a neutral handbag and loafers to go every outfit.
All about accessories
We're also fans of fall neutrals for the way they provide an optimal canvas for showing off bold accessories. Bags and jewelry have a chance to shine against a sophisticated backdrop of black, tan, grey or white, without seeming overdone. A colorful handbag, layers of gold necklaces, or long dangly earrings instantly stand out against the muted palette, highlighting their best assets.
Play with proportion
Soft fall neutrals are a dream team when it comes to playing with proportions and creating elongated silhouettes. Search for pieces with big volume and dramatic structure and integrate them into your closet with the rest of your neutrals. We love a volume-heavy midi skirt styled with a body-con turtleneck (shades of white or grey look stunning) or even a white shirt styled with leggings or black skinny jeans. Add accessories, such as a pair of silver hoops and a gingham print headband, to dress it up.
Layering comes easy when fall neutrals are at hand. Choose a base—like a dress or a blouse and pants/skirt combination—and layer up with sweaters, turtlenecks, scarves, jackets, and coats. Seek out pieces with quality tailoring and long lines that will look great under multiple layers. A nude trench coat is stellar when styled with different layers in similar, but not quite identical colors. Playing into the monochromatic theme, layers of the exact same color create a chic, streamlined aesthetic. To change things up and add a little texture and intrigue, have fun with your shoes and accessories.
Keep it simple
If you're still figuring out how to wear neutrals, the secret is to keep all your pieces in the classic color family rather than adding in brights and prints straight away. When you don't have a lot of time to plan your outfits, having a closet well-stocked with these hues will serve you well because they pair together naturally. Evaluate the everyday pieces that you wear the most and stock up in shades of neutrals. Classic combinations such as a black tank top, a white blazer and matching trousers will ensure elegance sans effort.