Monday 10 December 2018

How to wear... the new neutrals

Beige is the new black - and it doesn't have to be boring, writes Meadhbh McGrath

Victoria Beckham showcases the 2018 way to do neutrals. Photo: GC Images
Victoria Beckham showcases the 2018 way to do neutrals. Photo: GC Images

Meadhbh McGrath

The 70s revival continues this season, but the classic neutral shades have had a modern update.

According to the catwalks, your autumn-winter wardrobe consists of rich tones of camel, chocolate, rust and burgundy. The terracotta hues that proved so popular late this summer will take you through the cooler months, styled with complementary colours of beige, chestnut and Bordeaux.

Leading the charge was French fashion house Chloé, where creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi offered plunging shirt dresses, relaxed tailoring and midi skirts with chunky knits, all rendered in an autumnal palette.

Miu Miu embraced the vintage feel of 60s greasers, but you don't have to go retro - take inspiration from Roksanda's clean uptown minimalism and Louis Vuitton's elevated sportswear.

The sepia tones work best when worn head-to-toe, like Sarah Paulson in a printed Céline dress and trench. It looks polished yet laidback, and the modest cut of the gown, with a high neck and midi hem, makes it feel very modern.

Victoria Beckham showcases the 2018 way to do neutrals. Her combination of creamy caramel and rich burgundy with menswear-inspired slacks is crisp and fresh, with not a hint of 70s nostalgia.

The sepia tones work best when worn head-to-toe, like Sarah Paulson in a printed Céline dress and trench. Photo: Getty Images
The sepia tones work best when worn head-to-toe, like Sarah Paulson in a printed Céline dress and trench. Photo: Getty Images

For a cool workwear update, try a pair of houndstooth trousers with a cosy knit and add a pair of courts with a sculptural heel to keep it from going too boho.

Pleated midi skirts continue to dominate the high street, and the latest twist is an asymmetric hem. A warm terracotta version, with a ribbed black roll-neck and ankle boots, will look smart and on trend.

Fancy the bohemian look? Try a printed midi - Tory Burch delivers grown-up boho elegance by giving patchwork a touch of sophistication - or go for corduroy suiting from & Other Stories with a floral printed shirt and ankle boots.

Even better, add a glamorous finish to any outfit with Mango's multicolour faux fur jacket.

Jumper, €79.95 from Part Two at Arnotts
Jumper, €79.95 from Part Two at Arnotts
Hoops, €9.99 from Mango
High waist trousers, €55 from River Island
Slingback heels, €88 from M&S
Patchwork dress, €813 from Tory Burch at netaporter.com
Sandals, €52 from Topshop

For a more streamlined look, the easiest way to adopt the trend is with outerwear. The camel coat is a classic, and there are plenty of stylish and affordable options on the high street.

Likewise, the trench coat, as seen on Sarah Paulson, works seamlessly for day or night. Pick one up in timeless beige or heritage checks.

Wool-blend coat, €219 from H&M
Wool-blend coat, €219 from H&M
Cord blazer, €99 from & Other Stories
Cord trousers €59 from & Other Stories
Wrap dress, €67 from Warehouse
Wrap dress, €67 from Warehouse
Top, €19.95 from Zara
Skirt, €345 from Vince at Brown Thomas
Boots, €100 from Office
Faux fur coat, €79.99 from Mango
Faux fur coat, €79.99 from Mango
Knit dress by Roksanda, €1,835 from Brown Thomas
Check trench, €99.99 from H&M

Irish Independent

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