Neutrals for all seasons & reasons
Workdays: Beige peplum dresses
No matter how trendy neon, brights or deep jewel tones become, sometimes we want to romance the stone -- and the bone, beige, gray, khaki and tan. Shift into neutral with these genius wardrobe mix masters. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing | Beige peplum dresses
Understated hues meld well with crisp professional shapes and add sophistication to trendier fashions. Peplum dresses flirt with retro style, and one in a clean neutral shade from the beige family keeps everything polished and professional. Add a skinny red patent belt for just the right pop of chic.
Workdays: Dark gray pantsuits
Bing | Dark gray pantsuits
Pantsuits are very much on-trend this fall, and gray is a contender for the hottest fashion hue going into autumn and winter. Combine the two in a classic workday wardrobe mainstay and you’ll nab the newest style statement and a versatile suit you can wear for years to come.
Workdays: Reptile print satchel handbags
Dressing for work doesn’t always have to be civilized: Introduce something slinky, sexy and altogether wild into your 9-to-5 world with a satchel in trend-right reptile print. Opt for one of these carryalls in a natural tint for maximum mix-and-match possibilities, and pick python if possible, as it’s the current king of the jungle.
Workdays: Camel Mary Janes
Bing | Camel Mary Janes
Anchor your workday attire with a pair of neutral pumps: Mid-height block heel Mary Janes are especially awesome for the office. The shape is dressy enough, but not too glam, and the chunkier heel offers the comfort you need to get through a hectic day. Soft suede or shiny patents are equally modern finishes.
Weekends: Gray denim
Bing | Gray denim
Wanna go for the gray trend but worried it’ll wash you out? Wear it far from your face and in an effortless weekend-ready style, via a cool pair of jeans. Slender fits are in, but you don’t have to go super-skinny to ace the look. Choose nothing wider than a bootcut and it’ll streamline your bod.
Weekends: White maxi skirts
Bing | White maxi skirts
White is obviously a great choice for summer, but this neutral is now a year-round fave. A good example is the mania for black-and-white that shows no sign of fading. Maxi skirts are a genius separate for mixing and matching with tons of stuff in your closet, whether it’s other neutrals, basic black or brights.
Weekends: Blush open-weave sweaters
Bing | Blush open-weave sweaters
Open-weave sweaters are trend-perfect, especially in a fresh blush tint, a softer, more washed-out version of pink, one of fashion’s “it” shades. Big slouchy sweaters ease over pencil skirts for fall and layer nicely under leather or wool come winter. We love the boho-artisan vibe of an open-weave sweater, too.
Weekends: Brown ankle booties
Bing | Brown ankle booties
Footwear fads sometimes fade in a flash, but we’re seeing a long road ahead for the ankle bootie. Women adore this style, whether it’s fitted with a skinny stiletto and carved with curves, or perched more sensibly on a block heel and given a dose of post-punk attitude for edge.
Nights Out: Bronze sequined cocktail dresses
Remember all the talk of metallics becoming the new neutrals? It wasn’t just a fad. Get on board the glimmer train in evening neutrals that are anything but plain, such as sexy cocktail dresses in warm bronze. This hue is more universally flattering than icy silver or sometimes-too-yellow gold, but still hits a glam slam for evening.
Nights Out: Navy lace sheath dresses
Bing | Navy lace sheath dresses
If your mood doesn’t match the high-wattage wow of a metallic dress, try evening lace in another neutral tint that happens to be one of the trendiest colors of the year: navy blue. Sheath shapes are body-con without being too tight, and lace lends even the most skin-baring numbers a little ladylike grace.