What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.
For much of my adult life, I always tried to buy colorful and unique pieces that I saw featured in catalogues or magazines, thinking that this would help me to be “stylish”. To my chagrin, however, this approach frequently got me into trouble because when it came time to get dressed in the morning, I often stood there, wondering, “How am I supposed to make an outfit out of all of this?!”
What I’ve come to realize over the past year or so, since I started reading fashion blogs, is that the women I consider most stylish are those who value “the basics” and appreciate the power of a neutral palette. These women are not only able to create fabulous looks by combining neutrals with more colorful or unique pieces, but they also mix multiple “basics” and neutral items, enabling them to create – what I would say are – some of the most stylish looks I’ve seen.
A neutral palette is fairly standard, which is why it’s called “neutral”. It works for everyone!
navy, black, gray, white
denim, khaki, olive, brown
That being said, the “neutrals” that work best for you might vary slightly depending on your skin color. For example, my skin has pink undertones, which means colors with “cooler” hues go well next to my face. Therefore, I rarely wear brown, olive and khaki pieces as tops, because they are “warmer” tones.
Similarly, the “basics” of your wardrobe also change slightly. These, however, change based on season. This means that as we head into spring, your winter staples (cords, chunky sweaters, mittens, etc.) should head into storage and these Spring Basics (in neutral colors!) should come on out.
For bottoms, a mix of jeans and skirts in varying lengths is important. As previously mentioned, you need to be prepared for changing weather. The great thing about these bottoms though is that you can really change around or mix up colors as you see fit. While I have chosen white jeans and denim shorts here, your basic bottoms mix may include khaki pants, an olive skirt and white jeans shorts. It’s completely up to you!
Finally, comes my favorite part of any outfit – the shoes! While your ankle booties don’t necessary have to go into hibernation just yet, it’s exciting to have a greater variety of options. Cute flats and canvas sneakers pair well with the warmer weather and open-toe shoes can finally make an appearance! Flat sandals are especially great for days when you have to run around, while wedge sandals quickly dress up any outfit.
I’m looking forward to checking back in on Friday to show you a few of my favorite bloggers who’ve taught me a little something about “Keeping’ It Basic”.
Happy Spring Everyone! =)