If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I love wearing neutrals year round. I think it’s because the colors are calming, and I feel comfortable, confident, and polished when wearing them. Also, neutrals are clearly a timeless and versatile wardrobe base to build upon. In this post, I’m sharing a few ways of styling neutrals for summer so they don’t look plain or boring. Here we go!

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Pair Light and Dark Neutrals

A color doesn’t have to be light to be considered a neutral, and you can certainly wear dark neutrals in summer (like I wore my black maxi skirt in this post). Dark neutrals include charcoal, chocolate, rust, navy, burgundy, olive, and black. Mixing light and dark neutrals is always a classic and polished combo.

Pop some color

Wearing a lot of color isn’t really my thing, but I like to bring in splashes here and there, and a neutral palette is the perfect backdrop to make that one item stand out and compliment your whole look. Think about adding color with scarves or other accessories.

A quick word about these shorts: I talked about them here, and I ended up buying them in three colors, one of them being coral red. They’re made from a stretchy material and are super comfortable. My new faves!

Add texture to your neutrals

Another way to keep a neutral outfit from appearing boring or plain is to add texture. Look for pieces with statement materials like straw, linen, neutral patterns, or lace, and pair them with softer fabrics like cotton, lightweight denim, or silk. I added texture with my accessories, like a straw hat (my fave or similar) and purse, strappy sandals (similar), layered necklaces, and sunnies.

Speaking of accessories, I just bought my second pair of these sandals. They’re cute, comfortable from the first wear, and they go with everything.

Do a monochromatic look

A monochromatic palette is timeless. Consider wearing slightly different hues of the same color (like white, ivory, beige or off-white) for a classy and sophisticated look. One thing to remember when pairing neutrals is to be sure that they have the same undertones (warm with warm and cool with cool).

Outfit Details

tank top  ||  shorts  ||  sandals  ||  straw bag  ||  sunglasses
hat (similar here, here & here)  ||  necklaces: link / coin


And there you have it! These are some ways of styling neutrals for summer without looking boring or plain. I appreciate you stopping by!

xo, Lisa

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