Have you noticed the neutral state that we have entered over these past few months? On the heels of winter whites and their complimentary sandy tones, some of our favorite muses are currently living life wrapped in beige hues. And girl, do they look sublime: chic suiting, gorgeous midi-dresses, perfectly styled tone-on-tone separates (I sing for wheat on cognac), buttery leathers and trenches galore. I’m personally getting my money’s worth out of the Celine convertible trench that I invested in last season – such a win!
What’s caused us to shift into our highly grammable obsession with this palette of previously considered non-colors? Acknowledging the relentless pace and back-breaking demands of our lives, I think that on some level we are trying to connect with the essence of our personal strength and our confidence. Pair back all the fluff, the dazzling prints, the adornment and embellishment. To persevere in 2019, some of us opt to go for it with a style that reflects a part of our God-given attributes. A progression from the blank canvas that I waxed about in “Note on Winter White”, the current neutral moment represents our earliest imprints which we offer to the world “in the flesh” so to speak: pale pink, panna, olive, cappuccino, caramel, mahogany and alabaster – but with a priceless utopian gift of neutrality and back-to-the-earth purity. What you see is what you get; you need not more: minimal in nature, self-assured, effortless, divinely chic, always with grace and ease.
Surfaces range from raw to smooth. Pleats, scales by way of skins and sequins, draping, ruching and puckering add character, tell stories and define states of anima. Silhouettes personify our personalities: some are voluminous and hence larger than life; others are slim, contained and confined in an air of reserve; while others float on the waves brought in on life’s whims.
Spring is around the corner Pretty Birds, and as you begin to plan your first adventures and air out your wings, be inspired by the neutral looks featured in this editorial and the edit that we’ve compiled for you. Visualize how gorgeous that bouquet of peonies will look with a beige mini-skirt, or the aleums tucked close to your caramel leather belt, how the field flowers will add refreshing whimsy to your linen suit, or how freshly cut lemons will add the perfect zest to a satin trench coat, and finally, how those magnificent sunflowers will add sublime cheer to a chic ivory-hued dress.
Coat by Giada, blouse by Giada, pants by Giada, shoes by Céline, earrings vintage.
For your inspiration and style pleasure!
Editorial images by Darrel Hunter of Mode Hunter.
Market edit by Debra Brown.