Spring neutrals with leopard accents

Trench: Jcrew, Top: Jcrew, Trousers: Club monaco, Cuff: Soko, Shoes: Me too, Bag: Ralph by Ralph Lauren, Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry

Any time I don’t know what to wear, or feel uninspired by the clothes in my closet, I resort to a neutral colour palette composed of classic pieces. A monochromatic outfit never gets old and an all white look—or cream, as is the case here, always looks fresh and modern. As you can tell, I’m a big fan.

I think a few neutral basics are essential to any well rounded wardrobe. Not only do they pair well with the brighter, more colourful pieces in your closet, they often pair seamlessly with each other too. That’s what I have done here with this outfit. Pairing the cream silk blouse and culottes (which I’ve also styled here) with the trench creates a tonal look that’s clean and crisp. It’s a quick and easy way of dressing that’s timeless.

However, sometimes a head to toe look all in one hue can feel a bit lacklustre. So to make it a bit more impactful, I like to incorporate a statement accessory. Whether it’s a pop of colour or an interesting pattern, both work to break up the colour palette and inject an element of interest into the outfit. My go to accessories tend to be scarves, jewelry and shoes. Any of these items can tie a whole outfit together and elevate it from classic but simple to classic yet special. For instance here, the statement cuff and leopard print loafers bring just enough drama to the rest of the outfit that you really don’t need anything else to put together a simple yet interesting look.

So I hope this outfit demonstrated that you don’t always need clothes that stand out to achieve a look that stands out. Sometimes, it’s good to invest in a few simple yet classic items of clothing that you know you can wear repeatedly and pair them with interesting accessories instead. As I like to remind myself, a splash of leopard is never a bad thing and goes a long way!


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