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Why I’m Loving Neutrals

December 23, 2019

Welcome to Dressed for My Day! As we draw closer to Christmas I find that my mind is less on party outfits and gift buying and more on the truly meaningful things in life. I’m feeling a little reflective and quite contented. Maybe that’s why I keep reaching into my closet for my neutral colored sweaters instead of my more festive looking pieces I thought I’d be gravitating toward right now. In fact, as I type, I’m wearing the exact grey cashmere sweater I’m featuring in this post. (I honestly didn’t realize that until right now!) So I thought today would be a good day to share with you why I’m loving neutrals right now.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love me some color. And there are days when a gal just needs to add a little color to her outfit. Plus, color communicates something about us as we wear it. At this time of year and all year long, a splash of color can communicate joy, vibrancy and warmth.

Why I'm Loving Neutrals
V-Neck Cashmere Sweater (sold out) (similar option) (more economical option) // Wool Blend Cropped Trousers (another option) // Suede Bow Pumps (lower heel option) // handbag (sold out) (similar option) (more economical option) // belt // necklace // earrings

But if push comes to shove, I’ll almost always reach for neutrals at this time of year. Does that surprise you? Here are a few reasons why.

First, neutrals are easy to coordinate. I can pull black pants from my closet and wear them easily with any of my other neutrals: a camel colored turtleneck, a brown pullover, an ivory blouse, a black silk shirt, you name it.

Why I'm Loving Neutrals

Next, an outfit of all neutrals looks beautiful without much effort. In fact, when wearing all neutrals, I find that less is more. That’s why I tend to keep my jewelry simple and pared down when wearing an outfit built with neutrals.

Jewelry with neutrals

I find that when I wear all neutrals, I actually shine more than my clothes. Does that make sense? It’s similar to what happens when you frame a work of art in a black or brown or white frame. The colors in the piece of art are more vibrant and true than if they were framed with another color. Similarly, when a jeweler is showing you a diamond she’ll place the gem on a black cloth, showing off the vibrancy of the stone.

Looking Vibrant in Neutrals

Of course, that means it is important to add color elsewhere when wearing all neutrals. You can add color with soft makeup, pretty nail polish and a bold lipstick. Of course, you could also add a colorful scarf, maybe simply tying it to your handbag.

Why I'm Loving Neutrals

I also love to wear all neutrals because they create an instantly chic appearance. There’s just something about the pared down nature of an all neutrals look that seems more “expensive,” luxurious and sophisticated.

Pants in neutrals

I think all neutrals looks chic because the simple combination makes you look as though you didn’t try very hard, but you somehow managed to look effortlessly beautiful. Call it “accidental style” if you will! It’s as though you just threw on a few things from your closet without really analyzing them and…voila! Whereas when you wear a multi-color coordinated outfit like this one (which I love, of course) everyone knows you had to spend some time matching things up just so. Make sense?

Why I'm Loving Neutrals

Finally, I’m enjoying neutrals right now because tonal or tone-on-tone dressing is very on trend. And that fashion trend is splendidly easy to pull off with the neutrals I’ve stocked in my closet during our year of Building a Wardrobe that Works for You. Tonal dressing is also elongating and slimming.

Black Cropped Pants and Grey Sweater Neutrals
V-Neck Cashmere Sweater (sold out) (similar option) (more economical option) // Wool Blend Cropped Trousers (another option) // Suede Bow Pumps (lower heel option) // handbag (sold out) (similar option) (more economical option) // belt // necklace // earrings

So yeah, I’m reaching for my neutrals a lot these days. I’m especially drawn to grey, black or camel, plus any combination of those colors. If you’d like to see more of what I’m currently wearing, you could check out this post or this one.

I didn’t share a lot about the details of today’s outfit, but if you have any questions I will certainly answer them. The sweater is sold out, but the pants are available and run slightly large. (I’m wearing my usual 8, but they’re quite roomy.) I’ve linked to these and similar items in the shopping widget below.

I have to share a funny with you. In the middle of writing this post, a package arrived at my doorstep. It was this jacket and the coordinating pants. Guess what color I had selected. No! I ordered the red pop!!! And it is drop dead gorgeous. I can’t wait to share it with you. Hahaha!

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Blessed for My Day

It’s time to celebrate! Christmas is upon us. Let’s take time today and each day this week to simply revel in the mystery of it all. Luke 2:14 is one of those verses that kinda makes me stop in my tracks and ponder. “…those with whom He is pleased???” Really?

You know what? We tend to wallow in shame sometimes. And yes, we need to feel the full weight and gravity of our sin when it’s appropriate…before we’ve repented of it and turned back to God. But once we’ve accepted that gracious gift of forgiveness, we need to let go of the shame and guilt. God loves us. He is shamelessly and extravagantly and wildly pleased with us! And on Christmas morning He sent His precious Son Jesus to rescue us from the mess we were in.

Mysterious? Yes! But gloriously wonderful and worth celebrating. Happy Birthday, Jesus!

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” ~ Luke 2:13-14

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xoxo, Kay
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13 thoughts on “Why I’m Loving Neutrals

  1. Merry Christmas Kay!
    Enjoy your day and week.
    Love the gray cashmere sweater!
    And your make up is just beautiful!!! You absolutely glow! What shade of lipstick are you wearing?
    I would love a make up tutorial in the new year!

  2. You look beautiful in this outfit! Your makeup and hair are looks great too!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! ?

  3. Such a classic and timeless outfit that you look fabulous in! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Since Larry is still trying to get over the pneumonia and me over a bad sinus infection, it will be just the two of us this year. But you know what, we will easily be able to focus on the REAL reason for the season, which is a very good thing. Enjoy the time with your son and his dog today!

  4. Merry Christmas! I just wanted to relay a story from this morning that actually totally relates to your post. I was enjoying a coffee with a work friend and commented that I was trying to incorporate more neutrals in my wardrobe. Build on the basics etc. I am saying all this while wearing a red and black plaid blazer. She looks at me and says/asks if I consider red to be one of my neutrals ? I do love red but I am not sure it is a neutral but it is definitely my lead accent. I had a good laugh as she recounted all the red she thinks I own.

  5. When I look in my closet I see blue. I think I have a neutral wardrobe of black, white, gray and navy so why so much blue. Blue chambray, blue denim, blue stripe,. I think I might be using blue as a neutral. No wonder I have trouble column dressing. Need to rethink this minimalist wardrobe I think I have. It has grown a lot.

  6. One word: Classy. I find I’m liking neutrals more as I age. Although I like some red pop too!

    Kay, on a previous post you recommended a special brush to care for your cashmere sweaters. I’ve used an electric sweater shaver. But I’m open to changing if you are aware of why the brush is preferable. or more recommended. Any thoughts?

    1. Hello Lael. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I think anything that sufficiently removes the pills that all fine sweaters get is just fine. So if that’s working for you, no need to change.