Trending: Earthy Tones
Take this from someone who has more patterned pieces in her wardrobe than there are not. If it's not emblazoned with a so-loud-it's-shouting print, I will always choose it in black. And despite this, I find myself recently venturing into the arena of - shock - earthy tones. While you'll still hear me banging on about how I can 100% not wear mustard - "like ever" - I'm slowly beginning to branch out. Like how a palette matures, my taste in tones is evolving too. Much to my own surprise - and look, pretty much to that of all my colleagues too - I recently bought my first piece of khaki clothing ever (after years of treating it much like mustard) and now it's become an obsession. That crop? Better in khaki. New vest? It'd be wrong in any other colour. And must have the pants to match, obviously. Joining khaki in the newly initiated amongst my wardrobe are terracottas, camels and coppers - not a hint of trusty ol' black in sight.
As a person of the very pale persuasion, I've spent my life sticking to pastels or brights - because they just seem to work. But now these rich ochres, filtering through via the runways, on to the streets, and finally finding a place in every store, are unavoidable. And so I finally decided to do it - and commit. My relationship with black is One Direction-ing for the time being - that is, taking an indefinite hiatus.
We throw the term 'new neutral' around all too much, but I want you to find me someone who would have called a rich, robust rust a 'real' neutral five years ago. We're not talking cream, dove grey or beige here - these colours are out and proud, in your face, and gorgeously satisfying to wear. There's a distinct '70s sensibility (with a nod to disco's hedonistic tendencies in sparklier variations) which warms up any outfit. Lending themselves to cuts of the era too - belted vests, billowing shirts and the ubiquitous flares - these exquisite naturals look just as damn good in sharp tailored trousers, dresses or an everyday tee.
Now while I might have taken a little longer than most to have my colour epiphany, I'm in for the long haul - and advise you do the same.
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