2 Ways to Wear Neutrals for Spring

In case you've missed the memo, neutrals are huge for spring. Typically all the bright or pastel colors are coming out, but this year the runways have been filled with creams, blushes, and golds. At first I was unsure about it, since I love colorful springs, but the more I've seen it, the more I've fallen in love with such simple and subdued color palettes. It just feels so fresh. Head to toe neutrals can be difficult to style without your outfit falling flat, so I created a couple of outfits with some pieces from Johnston and Murphy's new spring line to show you some tips for rocking the neutral trend this spring (you can also see them over at the StyleList gallery)!

Tip #1.

Try variations in the same color family.

Rather than going with all white, or all blush, or all gold, try a little bit of each. Here I paired a speckled oatmeal sweater with white jeans, rose gold flats, a gold statement necklace, and a blush colored bag. All of the hues are similar, but different enough to create visual interest.

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sweater: c/o lulu*s

jeans: h&m (similar)

flats: c/o johnston & murphy

bag: c/o lulu*s

necklace: c/o inpink

sunglasses: target (similar)

Tip #2.

Play with subtle textures and patterns.

Subtle stripes, polka dots, lace, bows, fur, sequins....they are all fair game here. In fact, the more texture and pattern you add, the better that neutral outfit will be. I paired my gray and white striped jacket with a lace top, which creates some great subtle pattern and texture, and wore them with a light wash pair of denim (with some distressing for extra texture)! Then threw on a pair of wedges with floppy bow laces for the finishing touch.

photos by abinante photography

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jacket: c/o johnston murphy

top: c/o golden tote

necklace: c/o inpink

jeans: gap

wedges: c/o johnston murphy

bag: c/o lulu*s

sunglasses: c/o lulu*s

Will you be rocking the neutral trend this spring??

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