Winter weather is mostly cloudy with brown and gray tones mixed in. While these cooler colors are often described as dull and depressing, the fashion industry thinks these shades are everything else: neutrals that are naturally beautiful.
Brands such as Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, & Other Stories, as well as H&M launched collections of minimalist style right after the holiday season. Red, green, and festive plaids were replaced with winter white and taupe palettes. The look is minimalist, just like life tends to be after months of holiday celebrations. Designers moved to head-to-toe coverage of a singular color or family of similar colors, particularly work-from-home apparel.
I prefer the Northern prep look, which pairs khaki with everything. One-tone dressing doesn’t feel like a trend, but an investment of neutral pieces that go with everything of color. Tonal apparel is calming, partly due to the quieter colors and partly due to simplified dressing.
My favorite pieces from this January came from Banana Republic’s loungewear line, J Crew’s sand-colored sneakers by New Balance, and soft sweaters and cardigans by H&M. I love the full look of H&M’s ivory apparel collection, which includes a wrap-style coat with a faux fur collar. Look for my styling on the H&M website, which partially covers up a camel-colored funnel-neck pullover by Dudley Stephens.
If you think neutral colors are boring, please give them another chance! Valentine red and spring pastels will start showing up in Instagram posts very soon. Right now, though, a softer appearance feels like a really good idea.
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