A Neutral Lover’s Guide to Adding Color to Your Wardrobe

Color me happy!

By Hannah Zahner

If you scan my closet you’ll find a sea of black, white, tan, gray. My mostly neutral wardrobe is especially comforting when I’m busy, tired and not really up to having to put much thought into what I wear that day. It’s great to grab and go and know you’ll feel great in what you’re wearing. I’ve found that there’s nothing wrong with sticking to what you know you love, but challenging yourself to integrate color into your wardrobe can be an incredible mood lifter!

As we say goodbye to winter’s gloomy shades of gray and the freshness of spring starts to take over, it’s the perfect time to play!

Instead of going crazy and buying a rainbow-hued wardrobe, we’re sharing some ways to gradually incorporate color so that you’ll still feel good in your own skin. Master color mixing with these tips below and incorporate a little color into your spring lineup!

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Redefine “Neutral”

Blush, khaki, mustard, forest green, oxblood and camel – there’s something definitely neutral about these organic colors. Stick with one of these shades to liven up your wardrobe while staying in your comfort zone, or try out pastels for the slightest boost of color.

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Dip Your Toes in with Accessories

Afraid to go all-in? Opt for a colorful accessory (or two!). Choose a color that contrasts to your outfit or ties in with the rest of your outfit to add polish without looking over the top. If you really want to take it slow, play up your nails with a vibrant shade.

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Keep It Classic

Keep your outfit feeling “you” by opting for a classic cut in a statement hue. Sticking with timeless silhouettes also helps your outfit steer clear of looking loud and garish. Look for items like a trench coat, a simple tee and a classic heeled pump in fun and unique colors and pair them with your go-to neutral basics.


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Go Monochromatic

If you’re feeling bold, one of my favorite ways to go all-in with color is through full-on monochromatic looks in a unique shade. Keep it simple by opting for a colorful jumpsuit, or pair a colorful top with pants in a similar hue. Match your shoes to your look for extra color points!