How Introducing These Two Tones Into My Wardrobe Has Overhauled The Way I Dress

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I’ve been talking a lot about shades and tones recently – partly because my wardrobe is now so heavily reliant on neutrals so any change or introduction of a new shade is a BIG THING!  But also, I’ve found neutral styling to be deceptively simple.  While the final look gives off this air of laid back simplicity (oh this old thing?), personally I’ve found it has taken some time to work out the right neutral tones for me. 

Wearing H&M coat (sold out, similar here), Reiss knit, Mango pants, Gucci belt, Celine bag and Chanel slingbacks (similar here and here)

Taking it right back to where it all started, I’ve been ‘online’ – for lack of a better word – for over two years now.  In my first year, I had a lot of fun sharing my favourite workwear looks.  But I very quickly noticed a common theme of navy on navy on navy in my feed and I realised I’d become very complacent in my personal style colour palette.  I mean, I loved my navy dress so how could I go wrong with a navy blazer, a navy skirt, a suite of navy knits and navy shoes, right?  Technically there’s nothing wrong with that but like all things, it gets a bit same same after a while.  So I wanted to branch out, but still staying true to my personal style ethos.  Simply put, it just meant I would introduce more neutral tones into my wardrobe – lighter neutrals like ivory and camel, and darker base tones like chocolate brown and khaki.  

khaki and brown styling with the curated coat, mango khaki pants and celine cabas bag

If you hadn’t gathered from the images I’ve featured, the two tones getting the spotlight in this post are chocolate brown and khaki which have been 2020 additions to my wardrobe colour palette.

Wearing The Curated coat* (see my review here), Seed knit (similar style here), Mango pants, Tony Bianco mules (sold out, similar here), Celine bag and Ray Ban sunglasses

I feel like those tweaks have made a world of difference with the array of looks I’m now able to pull together.  I still love navy and it remains my favourite colour, but I’ve been getting a lot of joy mixing things up.

My Brown Picks

My Khaki Picks

I hope I’ve inspired you to try khaki and brown styling in your own looks. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out the five classic colour combinations – keeping these in mind has definitely taken the guesswork out of getting dressed in the morning.

Hope you’re staying well and sane! Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Some of our family rituals and a light neutral coloured linen blazer styled four ways as part of my new styling series!


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