Neutral colors include black, white, navy, gray, ivory, brown, tan, and olive. These solid colors are the foundations of our wardrobes, and they allow us the flexibility to create a variety of looks, which include prints, patterns, and statement items.
Pale blue is another neutral color that looks lovely with most complexions, and it also complements many other colors. Keep in mind that you will need to shop for the undertone that blends with your coloring. If you look better in gold tones, you will want a pale blue with yellow undertones. My choices always include cool undertones.
This is a favorite summer shirt. I bought it a few years ago from Everlane. It is tissue-thin cotton, so it always feels cool and comfortable. Similar shirts are here, here, and here. Other pale blue tops and blouses are here, here, and here.
I wear pale blue with camel, rust, olive, white, navy, black, dark wash denim, and my Malibu punch jeans, which are about three years old. Similar straight leg jeans are here.
Great style begins with acquiring garments that fit you well in colors and fabrics that flatter you. If you narrow your choices to include a palette of colors that work together, you won’t need to shop very often, but you will always have something to wear.
I’ve been wearing the ring and bracelet for more than a decade. Similar accessories are here, here, and here. The watch is here.
The sandals are by Sam Edelman from last year. Similar shoes are here. The bag is also a few years old. It would have been my choice if I were going out to do my errands. Similar tote here.
Half-tucking my shirt allows me to sidestep the appearance of wearing a tent without showing my flat backside. Button the shirt all the way and tuck the center of the front into your pants. Pull it out a bit and roll the sides under to soften the look.
I respect Beautycounter products so much; I signed up to be a consultant about four years ago. I am wearing Dew Skin Light: Light Skin Tones (Previously No. 2) here, which is a very subtle tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. I used bronzer in the color Surf here to add sun-kissed warmth to my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. My lip color is in the same color family as my pants. It is the color Poppy here. My twice-daily skincare routine is here.
I hope that seeing how I put together looks from a closet that includes simple basic items, inspires you to use what you already have in new ways. I enjoy getting dressed each day, even when I am not feeling my best. Except for the worst first few days of my recent illness, I got up and got dressed each day. It pleases me to enjoy and use any of my items at any time, not just for special occasions or when I am going out.
My items are rarely new, so I share links to similar current selections. Those shopping links may provide a small commission for me at no additional cost to you. I use my Sony Alpha a5100 camera’s timer and a tripod to take my photos.