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3 Ways to Wear Multiple Neutrals Together


Mixed Neutrals
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Do you own a closet full of black, brown, gray and other neutral-colored clothing? If so, why not try and mix up your wardrobe by combing multiple neutrals into one outfit? Although sometimes considered a fashion faux pas, it’s actually fine to wear neutral clothing with other neutrals. You’ll still match and look super-stylish.

Check out these three outfits for ideas on how to mix up multiple neutral colors:

Breaking the Barrier: Black & Brown

Although wearing black and brown together is often considered to be one of the biggest fashion “don’ts,” we all know that rule is outdated. This particular color combination is actually what inspired me to write this article. When done right, black and brown look surprisingly chic when worn in the same outfit.

Brown, Black
Dress, Jacket, Necklace, Tights, Sunglasses, Boots

For this look, I took a basic LBD and layered it under a brown faux-leather jacket. These tights add a textural contrast to the outfit, while the boots match the jacket. Accessorize with a bib necklace and oversized sunglasses, which tie the two colors together.

A Trendy Approach: Camel & Gray

If you’re a girl who loves trends, try mixing two of fall’s hottest colors — gray and camel — into a single outfit. The result creates a classic, yet fashion-forward look.

Camel, Gray
Dress, Coat, Bag, Pumps, Necklace

Although camel coats are huge this year, I decided to flip this combination and create a look using a camel-colored dress and gray coat. This dress is simple and streamlined, so it won’t overpower the rest of the outfit. Add a chic gray swing coat and matching bag in cool gray tones. Finally, some camel pumps and long silver necklace add the finishing touches.

Going All Out: Gray, Navy & Black

After mastering the art of mixing two neutrals, try combining three (or more!) neutrals into a single outfit. This can work for a multitude of different color combinations, but I decided to work with two shades that aren’t often paired together — black and navy — with some splashes of gray.

Navy, Black, Gray
Pants, Top, Jacket, Shoes, Scarf

For this outfit, pair some basic black pants with a gray and navy striped top. A cropped navy blue jacket and gray circle scarf pick up on both of the colors found in the top. Add some gray booties to create a cute and casual look for fall.

What do you think?

Do you like mixing neutrals? What’s your favorite combination? Which outfit is your favorite? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Posted on on November 14, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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34 Responses to “3 Ways to Wear Multiple Neutrals Together”

  1. 1
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I love all these looks! I like how they are simple enough that most of the items are already in your closet, but still really chic and trendy. Great work. :)

  2. 2
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I really like the brown and black combination. The camel and gray is cute too. But I’m still still not a fan of black navy.

  3. 3
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I love mixing neutrals! My fave combination has to be grey and black (with sprinkles of navy in between) my fall wardrobe is always a mix of neutrals with purples and deep reds thrown in! lol I love this post!!

  4. 4
    November 14th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    oh i love mixing neutrals. i probably take it to the next level, as alot of my clothes are neutrals with bright accessories. i love wearing navy, black and brown or navy, black and grey together.

  5. 5
    November 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I’m with Rin on this one!

    The first two looks look great.. I love how transitional the first outfit is, and the second one, I’m just positive it’ll garner attention! The third.. ok, black and navy, I’ve tried out and it just doesn’t suit me.. and gray and navy kinda makes me cringe. But I kinda want to see someone rock it though! It’s interesting to see how some people can rock certain colors so effortlessly haha :)

  6. 6
    November 14th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I looove this article. The last outfit is basically how I dress everyday, it’s nice to see that I’m doing something right, haha.

  7. 7
    November 14th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I never thought about mixing neutrals together, but thanks for the tip. I like the tan mixing with the gray since that is unpredictable. Too bad the weather here is hot and sunny even though it is close to Thanksgiving.

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    November 14th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I love the second one :]]]
    I’ve been using this a lot this week because I’ve been doing a style challenge wearing the same pair of camel shorts in different ways for a week. Camel works so well with other neutrals!! I love camel and black and camel and brown :]]]
    I always mix navy and brown together- I always feel I can’t wear brown with black or navy with black so I pair the two :]]]

    Charlotte xxx

  9. 9
    November 14th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I still am not really keen on Black and brown, especially the tones you chose. I think this combination works better with a light brown, and textured or pattens with black in them. When they’re just solid, white or creme should definitely be incorporated to make the look feel less harsh on the eyes. I love the camel and grey also! As far as the black and navy and grey, I love navy blue with cheetah print (in either a combination of grey and black or tan, brown and black) I think this is a GREAT way to mix neutrals together, also a striped piece with white and any of these colors is awesome also. Great post!! Neutrals are in everyone’s closet, but remember to use pattern, texture and a variety of fabrics to keep it current and interesting.

  10. 10
    November 14th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I’m IN LOVE with the Camel and Grey approach. That mini dress would be perfect with a pair of sturdy boots and some delicious knubby tights. I absolutely love camel – I’m so excited to bring it into my wardrobe this season!

    I LOVE you! You make every day at University a little bit more fashionable. <3

    chloe **

  11. 11
    November 14th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Hahahaa unbelievable!!! My todays outfits just like the first one!!!
    Whoooah! Whos got style?? <3<3

  12. 12
    November 14th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    this was really a great post

  13. 13
    November 14th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Almost all my everyday outfits are spins on these… I automatically mix my neutrals – its just a habit. I shy away from bright things because I prefer to be mellow. Red looks good on me but I just subconciously never go anywhere near it in a shop!

    I love corals, camels, blues, greys, browns and greens.

  14. 14
    November 14th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve been wearing black and navy together before I even knew that it was a faux-pas amongst some old-fashioned rules. Navy is actually one of my best colours, and I often use it to break up the harshness of an all-black outfit. I find that all-black drains my colouring, but navy brightens my pale pink-ish skin tone. I love the outfit that you put together with those neutrals!

  15. 15
    November 14th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I actually love black & navy together, and I REALLY like how you added gray into the mix! Nice post!

  16. 16
    November 14th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I love this article!!! I have red hair, so color chose is extremely important to me. But i also love neutral colors; professional, classy, elegant. I’m glad someone else sees you can pair ‘em together and rock it!

  17. 17
    November 14th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Love these looks! This is very helpful since most of my clothes are in neutral colors.

  18. 18
    November 14th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Great pice. Love the last look!

  19. 19
    November 14th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    This is the first post that has given me inspiration in a long time. Kudos!

  20. 20
    November 15th, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I really LOVE this post, especially the girl in the last picture’s outfit! Very inspirational. Please keep giving us more winter looks!!

  21. 21
    November 15th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    These are beautiful! Can’t pick between the second and the third look. One of my favorite outfits this semester ended up being a blue-ish grey top with navy ribbon accents, paired with a black-and-white floral skirt, navy tights, and black kitten heels. It was very fun, all ultra girly pieces but the subdued colors gave it a very timeless and more sophisticated feel.

  22. 22
    November 15th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I’m so glad you wrote about this! I love mixing neutrals and sometimes I forget about putting them together. I LOVE camel and have had a really hard time finding it this year.

  23. 23
    November 15th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of black and brown. Unfortunately, no one else in this close-minded small town can see where I’m coming from.

  24. 24
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I love this article a lot! I don’t like wearing “colors.” Today my outfit was black boots, black tights, black shorts, a black leather jacket, and a navy blue shirt. And a black belt with studs. And I love my outfit! I only like neutrals and dark colors. I don’t think bright colors are necessary for an outfit, even though so many people think a pop of color is needed in every outfit.

  25. 25
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I have a pair of camel/brown riding boots that I always seem to wear with a matching satchel and black blazer. Never knew mixing neutrals was a fashion faux pas!

  26. 26
    November 17th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Okay, I LOVE all of these individual looks! That is all :)

  27. 27
    December 9th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Great taste. I’m loving the camel dress! Gorgeous! I might actually buy it for my beach holiday coming up. Thanks :) xx

  28. 28
    March 6th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    those colors are great

  29. 29
    March 6th, 2014 at 5:31 pm


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