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4 Nonboring Takes on Neutral Dressing
Neutrals do for your inner stylist what a scoop of sorbet does between courses at a fancy restaurant: hit the reset button. Struck with pattern fatigue? Stick to solids for a while. Burned out on brights? Make like an Olsen twin and try an all-black-everything approach. The thing is, a pared-back palette forces you to do more with less and—nine times out of ten—results in creative outfit combos you may have never considered before.
DABBLE IN MONOCHROME
Buff, sand, oatmeal—whatever you call it, don’t be afraid to wear it after Labor Day. Channel your best Nancy Meyers main character with off-white pants and a tonal turtleneck on top.
On model: NILI LOTAN PANTS, goop, $395. OFF MODEL: SOPHIE RATNER EARRINGS, goop, $680; SORELLINA RING, goop, $7,500; G. LABEL GRAHAM MARLED TURTLENECK, goop, $595; STAUD TOTE, goop, $495; BOTTEGA VENETA BOOTS, Net-a-Porter, $1,100; NILI LOTAN PANTS, goop, $395.
Raise the stakes on a LBD with boots, a boyish cardigan, and some volume-boosting mascara (this one will give falsies a run for their money—plus, how nice is the packaging?).
G. LABEL VILAN TANK SWEATERDRESS, goop, $625;
STAUD BOOTS, goop, $495. OFF MODEL: SOPHIE RATNER BAND, goop, $1,850; G. LABEL DEVEN LINK NECKLACE, goop, $2,500; G. LABEL MAXINE RIBBED CARDIGAN, goop, $595; G. LABEL VILAN TANK SWEATERDRESS, goop, $625; WESTMAN ATELIER MASCARA, goop, $58; MANSUR GAVRIEL CLUTCH, goop, $895; STAUD BOOTS, goop, $495.
PLAY WITH TEXTURE
A cashmere hoodie is cozy, yes, but a fleecy bomber jacket, a paneled-in-flannel tote, and supple leather boots add utility and dimension in equal measure.
On model: G. LABEL NEIDORF FLEECE BOMBER, goop, $625. off model: BONDEYE JEWELRY RING, goop, $1,335; NILI LOTAN HOODIE, goop, $550; AGOLDE JEANS, goop, $178; RUE DE VERNEUIL TOTE, goop, $208; LOEWE BOOTS, Loewe, $650.
Rock stars no longer corner the market on leather pants. So what’s the key to pulling them off? Unexpected outfit pairings—say, a ladylike cardigan and furry loafers—that lean proper.
On model: PROENZA SCHOULER WHITE LABEL SWEATER, goop, $495; PROENZA SCHOULER WHITE LABEL PANTS, goop, $495; DEMELLIER BAG, goop, $370; BIRKENSTOCK SHOES, goop, $165. off model: LAURA LOMBARDI CHAIN, goop, $84; G. LABEL SEGOVIA SIDE-BUTTON PUFF-SLEEVE SWEATER, goop, $595; BONDEYE JEWELRY RING, goop, $950; AESTHER EKME BAG, goop, $580; HEREU LOAFERS, goop, $475AESTHER EKME BAG, goop, $580; HENNÉ ORGANICS, goop, $22.
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