Last weekend, my husband, daughter and I went outlet shopping. We came home with various items for my daughter, who seems to have hit yet another growth spurt. I came home with a pack of cotton underwear. Does this sound familiar to any of you?!
While I would love to be able to shop for myself more often, my time and budget do not always allow for such things. I “shop my closet” far more often than purchasing new items. In this and other “Pin My Closet” posts, I will share some of my sartorial inspiration garnered from everyone’s favorite time-sucker: Pinterest.
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This week, I’m sharing some tips about neutral outfits–specifically those in black, brown, and grey–for those of you, like me, who have an abundance of neutral pieces in your closet.
I specifically remember having all neutral clothes during my post-baby days and getting creative with either my black nursing shirt or my brown nursing shirt. Although I’m no longer in those post-baby days, I do tend to get into a rut, wearing the same shirt with the same pair of pants. Every so often I have to shake things up a bit. Here are five tips that I picked up on while looking at my neutral fashion Pins:
Pin My Closet Tip One: Go Monochromatic
I think this is best done when you vary the shades and/or textures of each piece.
Pin My Closet Tip Two: Mix Black & Tan
I tend to pair black with black and brown with brown, so this would be different for me. How about you?
Pin My Closet Tip Three: Pair Grey with Brown
When I wear grey, I rarely wear brown with it. Hmm…
Pin My Closet Tip Four: Use Brightly Colored Accessories (or Lipstick!)
I am finally able to start wearing long earrings and necklaces again since my daughter is no longer in the grabby infant stage! (While in that stage, I wore a lot of lipstick and scarves!)
Pin My Closet Tip Five: Neutral-Colored Patterns Add Interest
In many cases, one outfit has all five tips going on!
Ok, time to try this myself. I picked two base outfits: one that would be more work-friendly and one that would be more casual.
Here is my attempt at incorporating the tips with Outfit One:
Here is my attempt at doing the same thing with Outfit Two:
Finally, here are some of my other neutral experimentations from the week:
In my case, I had fourteen “new” outfits, based ONLY on neutrals, without spending a penny!
Do you ever get into a rut with your clothes? How do you “mix it up”? We would love to see how you re-worked your neutrals – send photos to email@example.com! If you are on Pinterest, follow our Neutral Territory Board for even more inspiration.