When you think of high fashion, what do you think of? We’re guessing that basic, classic styles and neutrals are among the images that come to mind. And there’s good reason for that: if you spend the money for quality pieces, you want to make sure you can wear them long enough to get your money’s worth! Of course, some colors, just like some styles, look better on some women than on others. If you shop at Penny Pincher Boutique, you can feel free to ask our opinion, and we’ll help you find the neutrals that look best on you.
Knowing the Neutrals
Neutral shades can range from light to dark shades of a short list of colors, starting with the ever-classic black and white. Gray, brown, khaki, and navy also make the list. While various hues may be particularly seen as “in style” during a particular year or season, these colors are always considered neutral and never really go out of style.
In addition to the true neutrals listed above, metallic neutrals also fluctuate in their popularity. They include colors of real metals, such as silver and gold as well as more muted options like pewter and gunmetal. Reddish options such as bronze and copper are also included, but note that a true red with a “metallic” finish would not be considered a “neutral” at all. While we often think of metallics with jewelry, they can also find their way into accessories such as handbags and shoes as well as directly onto clothing pieces — especially holiday pieces or formalwear.
There are some patterns that are also considered neutrals when they occur in neutral colors. From tweeds and tiny checks to pinstripes and glen plaids, these subtle patterns essentially act the same as solid neutrals.
Combining Your Neutrals
While technically, any neutral color can coordinate with any color, some will undoubtedly look better than others. Especially when you’re dealing with a multi-colored piece, it’s helpful to pull out a neutral that’s already in that piece. But if you have a blue skirt and plan to pair a solid-colored jacket with it, you could choose from any neutral color, and you’ll be fine.
You can also pair neutrals, but you should probably not try to include more than two of them in a single outfit. Neutrals that contrast with one another can be attractive: black or navy with white, for example. White and tan could also be a winning combination during warmer months. But make sure you get an extra opinion or two when it comes to combining other neutral options: it’s typically a sink or swim proposition. You’ll end up looking quite high fashion or entirely uncoordinated.
Building a Wardrobe with Neutrals
Neutrals are a great place to start, when you’re building your wardrobe. Choose one, two, or three neutrals that look great on you, and purchase basic, high-quality pieces in those colors. (Remember that dark fabrics tend to make you look thinner, while lighter fabrics tend to visually increase your size.) Look for items like skirts, pants, jeans, sweaters, and jackets in your chosen neutrals.
Penny Pincher Boutique
We’re Westchester’s luxury consignment shop offering women’s designer clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags and much more. Visit our shop at 184 Harris Road in Bedford Hills, New York or visit us online at www.pennypincherboutique.com. You can also find a selection of our items on sale on eBay. We ship throughout the United States.
Images in this blog post are taken from the Penny Pincher Boutique Instagram page. Images represent items which may already have been sold.