Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Fake Neutrals

muted colours

Muted colours

Basics in neutral colours are supposed to be the backbone of a well-stocked, practical wardrobe. Unfortunately, some of us don't look our best wearing neutrals. In my case, beige and grey are probably some the worst colours for me. And black and white aren't much better.

So, what you're seeing here is my version of wearing neutrals. Or, rather, colours that pose as neutrals. Fake neutrals, that's what I call them: colours that are understated, subtle, and blend in without calling attention to themselves.

If you've been following this blog for a while, you already know that my favourite neutral colour combo is navy and white. The impression is the same as with the classic black and white combo, but navy is more flattering to my skin tone. And whenever I need a 'neutral' bag, I go for dusty pink as a substitute for beige.

And in this outfit, the grey-green shade of the trousers is more flattering on my pale skin than olive green, whereas plum / aubergine has for long been my preferred alternative to brown.

These subtle, understated colours are what I reach for whenever I feel like wearing neutrals. And I think even if neutral colours are not your favourites, you can find your own version of fake neutrals: muted colours that suit your natural colouring and give the same impression as wearing neutrals would.

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Outfit details:
t-shirt: Vila / trousers: Onelife (old) / 
sunglasses: Prada / shoes: Jenny / bag: Coach

Do you wear neutrals? Or fake neutrals?




  1. I totally support the idea of creating and wearing your own neutrals, looking for the kind of subtle colors which flatter you. Great advice!
    I think that 'fake neutrals' work nicely, and I love this aubergine and greyish green color combo, with a touch of dusky pink. Lovely in the sunshine!

    1. Thanks! I love neutral colours on other people, and I'm actually a bit envious that they can wear them and look so classy. Whereas I just look a bit blaah, or sick, or totally fade into the background. So, this is my attempt to recreate a 'neutral look'.

  2. What a fabulous alternative! I have a friend who always wears, navy, grey, black and dark colours - she always looks fabulous, but if she ever wear muted colours I looks awful! I need bright colours to pick me up. Thanks for linking up on #chicandstylish today. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    1. Thanks, Jacqui. I think we all just need to find 'our colours' and make the most of them. However, every now and then I would like to wear some 'new' colours, too...

  3. This color combination looks great on you. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  4. I 100% agree with you Tiina. I didn't think about referring to them as fake neutrals, but "my" neutrals. Often it's olive green, non-whites, I have a lot of berry colors, too, like your shirt.

    1. That sounds like a lovely colour scheme. Berry tones a re often very flattering on pale skin but at the same time muted and subtle.


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