I always blame growing up in Europe for my deep love of neutral colors. Sometimes I even wonder whether neutrals in fashion should be called colors at all. In the US, neutrals often function as a frame to show-cast a bright color, a pretty print or pattern. In Europe, they are often worn just combined with other neutrals to create a professional outfit.
Pattern are sparsely used in professional outfits, and, of course, are also neutrals, may be with some red or soft pink. This fact makes me often to consider red and soft pink as a neutral too.
Denim plus leather mean some edge
At least here in the US. In Europe, a straight leather is considered business casual style. You can wear it even in a conservative work environment except for corporate style.
In today’s outfit photo, I am wearing a striped shirt in shades of blue and white, a faded blue denim jacket and a black leather pencil skirt with L.K. Bennett navy patent leather pumps. The denim jacket gives the classic pencil skirt-shirt-pumps outfit a twist towards casual. The fact that the pencil skirt is leather adds a slight edge. Together the denim jacket and leather skirt keep the neutral colored outfit from being boring and stiff. This outfit works well in a casual or creative work environment in the US. See the post at the link for an ultimate guide how to look great in denim over 40.
Is the a Casual Friday culture at your work place? Do you just exchange one item to casual or do you go casual full on? Let me know, I am curious.
Photos: G. Kramm
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