What are neutrals?

Neutrals are basically anything that can be defined as a ‘non-colour’ (anything that isn’t on a traditional colour wheel). So neutrals range from black, through the greys, to white (stopping off at all the numerous ‘off-whites’ along the way). So, all those white t-shirts hanging in your wardrobe? They’re neutrals. Those stone chinos you wear every other day? That’s a neutral too.



Dark Neutrals

A whole outfit of darker neutrals, such as greys and blacks, is a surprisingly easy thing to pull off. Just try and vary the tones or textures slightly, or you might end up looking like you’re wearing a very formal tracksuit. If you’re worried that the all-black-everything look will make it look like you’re going through a ‘difficult teenage phase’, add a pop of white.


Light Neutrals

You’ve probably got plenty of light neutrals in your wardrobe, but a whole outfit of them can be very hard to pull off. Don’t even get me started on all-white-everything¬†*shudder*. You’re better off with a combination of lighter neutrals: white mixed with off-white or beige. If you’ve got a lighter outer layer, the darkest you should go with your base layer is a dark grey. If you’re putting an outfit of light neutrals together, it’s OK to throw in a darker shade to break it up a bit, you don’t really want to end up looking too much like a custard cream. If you’re mixing darker shades with lighter shades (and why wouldn’t you?). Always limit the darker neutrals to your legs or to your outside layer. You should always try and have your layers going from light to dark. The other way around just looks wrong.