If someone were to ask me to describe my style (which no one has, but here I go), I would say I am someone who embraces color and pattern to a somewhat overwhelming degree. This becomes doubly true once the skies get darker and the temps get cooler; I figure nature needs to know all the gray is NOT ok, and the best way to make that clear is sport some vibrant shades (and shove it in nature’s stupid face.)
So yes, in theory, that is my personal fashion mantra. But, funny story, ever since we started this whole blog adventure, I find myself pulled every increasingly towards neutrals. I couldn’t begin to tell you when I started choosing camel, grey, navy and black over crimson, emerald, violet and cobalt, but those once go-to hues have seemingly been relegated to supporting cast and neutrals are my new star.
One of my first forays into neutral territory was this all navy look I put together back in September. I picked up this midi skirt at J. Crew and was obsessed, but was finding it difficult to pin down the perfect way to wear it. Another pattern was too busy, too bright tops overwhelmed, I was stuck. Finally I threw my hands up and said “fine, navy, you win” and lo and behold, I had a simple yet stylish monochrome outfit I loved.
I learned from that day, and found that a few weeks later, I once again had an item I could not figure out how to wear: a structured black vest. I tried it on with every color I owned and, wouldn’t you know it, the only thing that seemed to work was a white/navy striped dress. And there I was, once again, feeling very much not-so-neutral about this neutral filled look.
Finally, one of my favorite looks from this year was when I paired my black and white wrap mini skirt with…you guessed it, a white sweater and black booties. No color here folks, just black, white and cute all over.
So while I am proud to say I am a colorful girl, I am betting that in the coming year, that adjective will be used to describe my personality a lot more often than my ensemble. Don’t worry, I am not giving up my rainbow–filled wardrobe for good, but I am officially convinced that for me, 2016 will be year of the neutrals.