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The Glamour of Pale Neutrals

Posted Mar 25 2011 12:57pm

One of the hottest trends this spring also happens to be one of the most wearable, which is great news for women of all ages. Pale Neutrals offer a soft, muted palette that includes white, putty, khaki, mocha and pale peach. Wearing pale neutrals creates the look of easy elegance and helps make getting dressed a breeze. These colors are often associated with a romantic, vintage-inspired look but this season they can just easily conjure up a classic style that is crisp and sharp. The key is the fabric, the fit and the details. Here are a few guidelines to help you wear pale neutrals to best flatter you
1/ The Key is in the Color - Wearing pale neutrals can create a very sleek look, but I want you to be careful about the colors you choose. Wearing colors that are flattering to your personal skintone, including your skin enhancer, will ensure that this look helps your skin to look luminous without washing you out. If your personal coloring is dark, you may look better combining lights with darks (think mocha rather than black) or a variety of medium tones. Find the shades that work best on you.

2/ Start with Structure - To best flatter your shape, start with a core item that has some structure to it; a pair of pants, a skirt or a dress that fit you well will get the look off to a great start.

3/ Add Interest - To avoid creating a look that is blah and boring, add in elements of interest such as a top or jacket with some embellishment, pleating, embroidery, stand-out buttons, etc. The neutral backdrop will allow these elements to shine. Layering various shades of cream, or combining a pale pink or mint green with white, khaki, silver or ivory is a wonderful way to give your look a fresh, contemporary spin.

4/ It's a Shoe-In - When choosing shoes to complement your pale neutral look, don't ruin it by just wearing black shoes. Opt for shoes in a pale neutral or a brown tone to keep it monochromatic. Bonus: Shoes in your skintone will elongate your legs when worn with skirts or dresses. When wearing pants, wear shoes in the same color to get a similar effect.

5/ Adorn Yourself Accordingly - A simple and elegant look calls for the right jewlery to set it off. Choose bold elements that balance the delicate colors yet create a hamonious look. Try a statement bracelet dotted with Swarovski crystals, chandelier earrings or a pile of necklaces made from ribbons, crystals and pearls a romantic look. Chunky silver or gold earrings, a bracelet or necklace can provide a more understated counterpoint that finishes off a more classic approach.

Have fun with this look and don't be afraid to experiment! It's a great way to put a fresh twist on items that are probably already in your closet such as your khakis, your white button down or tee and white jeans. Put your own personal twist on this look to give it your Signature Style!
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