How to wear neutrals without looking boring

fashion blogger over 50 in all neutrals business casual office outfit

When the brights are not so you

Many women in their forties shy away from wearing colors at the office and prefer neutrals for a professional look. Today, more than ever, it is important to not only look professional, but also young and hip. Thus, when styling neutrals for the office it is really important to stay out of boredom land. The lsecrets to cool looks in neutrals, and to look young and hip and on top of things is to pick one neutral color in different shades and add one other neutral plus making sure that the items have different texture. This concept is similar to how to create interesting and agless, monochromatic outfits or the concept of adding a pop of color to a monochromatic outfit.

Use structure and shine to create interest with neutral colors

Here I paired my leather top – read “little shine” – with linen pants – read “rough texture” – with a chambray shirt – read “smooth texture and second neutral” – with snake print slingbacks – read “interesting”. For another work outfit with this leather top see the post at the link.

Style neutral color outerwear with statement pieces

For the commute to work I added a classic trench coat – read “professional”, a statement bag – read “I have something to bring to the table”, and purple mirrored sunglasses – read “the outfit is up-to-date”. You can find another styling idea for purple sunglasses in the post at the link.

over 50 years old style blogger wearing a classic look in all neutrals with different textures
Bruberry London trench coat, leather top, Oliveo olive button-down shirt shirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Ray Ban purple mirrored aviator sunglasses, Oliveo linen pant, Anne Klein slingbacks and long DIY statement necklace (all own)

Style tip take-home message

Outfits in neutral colors need interesting cuts or different structure to look young and hip. Tweet about this.

Do you wear all neutral outfits? What is your challenge to not look boring? Let me know so I can help you.

Photos: G. Kramm

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