Fashion is funny. Before, the only association I had with the color beige was a Troop Beverly Hills uniform and a bad pantsuit my high school office administrator would don. Outdated, bland, and in most cases unflattering were synonymous with the color. But oh how the tables have turned.
If you don’t know, now you know that we officially no longer hate beige. It is the unofficial color of the year (Pantone, you’re off your game with Living Coral 16-1546) or at least believed to be by the fashion crowd. The runways, Pinterest, and your Instagram feed are at this very moment blowing up with sand, tan, caramel, camel, cream, ivory, latte, khaki, and every other shade under the spectrum of beige.
What’s more? The way to wear it is by sporting all these colors at the same time, head to toe. Yes, we are diving face first into the world of the new neutral. While I was a hater back in the day, I have really taken to the trend. There is something inherently luxe about the pairing of these warm hues. Refined yes, but the core of neutral dressing is effortlessness. Enticing, right?
I’m going to break down the trend for you step by step, so you know exactly how to pull it off like the fashion maverick you are. Follow along below for my guide to anything but boring beige.
The only bore around here will be fending off endless compliments from your new look.
1. PLAY WITH SHADES AND TEXTURES
The key to wearing neutral head-to-toe is layering textures and tones. An easy way to remember this is the mix of “soft and hard.” For example, linen, cashmere, or wool paired back to something slinky like silk or smooth like leather is a winning combination. Look for a crocodile bag or shoe, a satin slip dress, skirt, or cami, or an oversized blazer in a sturdy fabrication. Balancing variations of shades and textures keeps the look sophisticated and interesting.
2. BELTING CAN BREAK UP THE MONOCHROME
Belting is another trend du jour. If your look feels too beige, take a belt and sinch your blazer around the waist. Or, wear a belt bag around your dress or sweater.
3. OVERSIZE ME
Along with mixing textures, play around with the proportions of your separates. Oversized has been going strong for seasons and shows no signs of slowing down. Opt for a menswear blazer, relaxed trousers or paper bag shorts, and a loosely fitted top. The goal is to exude pure effortlessness.
4. MINIMALIST SANDALS ARE THE PERFECT TOUCH
Barely there sandals are THE shoe trend of the season. Do not let another day go by before scoping out your next purchase. They go with literally everything, are insanely flattering, and work perfectly with your new tonal look. Trust.
5. MINIMALIST GOLD IS THE JEWELRY OF CHOICE
Keep the warmth kindling with gold accessories, but keep it simple. I’m talking thick gold hoops or layered rings. The look is about the build of color and texture, not about the statement necklace you have been dying to wear (Mom, this one is for you). However, going back to “hard and soft”, the gold metal adds a hint of structure to the look, but keep it to your earlobes, fingers, and hardware on your bag.