how to wear monochromatic over 50

I don’t do neutrals

They’re so unflattering on someone as pale as me. A far cry from the stylish and harmonious vibe they’re supposed to convey, for sure. But I can achieve the same impact by wearing something monochromatic… in colour.

So, I wanted to create an outfit that looks neutral, with the colours blending in seamlessly, mixing soft berry tones, purple and a splash of bright pink.

This outfit looks casual yet put-together. Nothing stands out, but I don’t have to worry about fading into the background, either. There’s some pattern and different textures, yet the overall impression is very harmonious. The colours are very saturated, yet they look subtle and subdued.

Yes, you don’t need to wear neutrals: you can just fake them, in purple and pink and berry…

casual monochromatic


casual monochromatic

Outfit details:

down jacket: Beaumont / top: Custo Barcelona / trousers: Marks and Spencer / 

bag: Gloria Ortiz / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs / shoes: Clarks

What do you think, is this outfit ‘neutral’ enough?



Linking up with:

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  1. Tina von tinaspinkfriday
    2 March 2017 / 4:50 am

    Berry, purple and pink looks sooo much better than boring neutral. You look amazing Tiina.Xo Tina

    • Tiina L
      3 March 2017 / 10:53 am

      Thanks, Tina. These colours certainly look better than neutrals on a pale girl like me…

  2. señora Allnut
    2 March 2017 / 11:52 am

    fabulous color combo, so much better than usual neutrals!. I love all those colors creating a subtle ensemble, working together, very elegant!besos

    • Tiina L
      3 March 2017 / 10:53 am

      Thanks! This is my 'alternative neutral'…

  3. Suzanne Carillo
    2 March 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I love this colour on you. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      3 March 2017 / 10:53 am

      Thanks, Suzanne.

  4. Nancy's Fashion Style
    2 March 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Beautiful colors! The colors look like delicious desert!

    • Tiina L
      3 March 2017 / 10:54 am

      Thanks, Nancy. I prefer soft colours, especially near my face.

  5. Nicole Mölders
    3 March 2017 / 5:36 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. The color is great on you. Nice neighborhood. I guess this is your GB home.

    • Tiina L
      3 March 2017 / 10:56 am

      Thanks, Nicole. Yes, these pics were taken in the UK, though not in our neighbourhood. We went for a walk and this seemed like a good location for photos.

  6. Anna of Mutton Style and Years
    3 March 2017 / 8:38 am

    A good idea and it really works. Looks great on you.

    • Tiina L
      3 March 2017 / 10:56 am

      Thanks, Anna.

  7. Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    3 March 2017 / 10:54 pm

    All the vibrant purples look lovely on you! Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday. It feels good to catch up with everyone!OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      5 March 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks! I hope you had a lovely vacation.

  8. Shelbee On The Edge
    5 March 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Well, neutrals may not work for you, Tiina, but these purples, berries, and pinks sure as heck do! You look amazing! These are definitely your colors. And I guess that is the key to always looking fashionable…knowing what works for you! Thanks for linking up with me!

    • Tiina L
      7 March 2017 / 1:54 pm


  9. Crazy Ask
    8 March 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Beautiful model, she and the photographer both seem very experienced. =) Lovely dress,

  10. vanity andme
    9 March 2017 / 7:29 am

    Love these colours and I always love a monochromatic look. Thank you for linking up to Celebrating Style. I hope to see you again Tiina

    • Tiina L
      9 March 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Thanks, Laurie. There's something sophisticated about a monochromatic look, it always looks a bit more put together, even when it's a casual look.

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