Mix: traditional black and white (with an edge)
Black and white is the simplest neutral combination, but a way to make it more modern (if you feel the need) is to pair a girly blouse with an edgy leather skirt. Adding a pattern also helps liven up the look.
*Editor’s tip: a pop of color is always encouraged, even when wearing just plain black and white (socks do the trick in the picture above).
Mix: black and gray
While some may find black and gray boring, adding a little metallic sheen to one of the pieces (such as this scarf) can brighten it up.
*Editor’s tip: When mixing black and brown, dark denim is a great neutralizer to put in between two pieces, just like in the picture above.
Mix: white and gray
Gray and white are easy to put together because there are so many different shades of each, including, but not limited to: heather, slate, pewter, ivory, cream, eggshell, and pearl. Gray is the obvious choice for any outfit that is spill-prone, especially if you’re like me and trip over your own two feet on a daily basis.
*Editor’s tip: mixing patterns is a great way to add texture to this look.
Mix: brown and black
It is a combination that can make any traditionalist nervous, but the old “no mixing black and brown” rule is just as outdated as fanny packs. However, there is no formula to mixing these two together, so experimentation is the name of the game.
*Editor’s tip: using different shades of brown makes all the difference in the picture above (lighter brown at the top, black leggings, and chocolate brown boots).
If black and brown makes you nervous, this look will break you out in hives. Mixing three or more neutral shades (such as a cream-colored dress, brown bag, gray cardigan and black tights) is the ultimate way to utilize this trend. Add gold accessories and you’ve got it down to a science. There are no secrets or tricks to getting this trend right and it’s a total reflection of your personal style!
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