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How to Wear This Season's "Boring" Color Trend Without Looking, Well, Boring

Judith Jones

Form cream to camel, tan to taupe, biscuit to oatmeal, 50 shades of beige have been a mainstay on the runways, the streets, and our Insta feeds—ever since the hue catapulted to fame on the S/S 19 runways. And there’s no signs of the color trend slowing down, either. This fall the neutral shade is all the rage—after sashaying down practically every major fall runway—from Max Mara to Sally La Pointe, Rejina Pyo to The Row. But if you’re thinking head-to-beige equals bland, think again. The neutral look for fall/winter 2019 is refreshingly modern, delightfully alluring, and easily wearable (the only price to pay is a higher dry cleaning bill!). 

The key to keeping the look fresh and modern this season is to wear the color palette from head-to-toe, mixing several shades of neutral tones within your outfit. Another tip? Play with textures within your outfit—mock croc, leather, cashmere, and faux fur, as well as volume—billowy sleeves and slouchy, wide-leg trousers keep the outfit interesting.

Scroll below as we share tips on how to wear this season’s “boring” color trend without looking well… boring.

Mix Various Shades

Add interest to your look by mixing varying shades of beige—toffee trousers paired with a taupe trench, and off-white accessories look unquestionably chic.

Mango Flowy Lapel Trench ($119)

H&M Fine-knit Turtleneck Sweater ($25)

& Other Stories Belted Leather Pants ($379)

Treasure & Bond Gram Lace-Up Bootie ($100)

Hunting Season Medium Leather Tote ($650)

Play With Textures

Playing with diverse fabrics and textures keep the look from looking one-note. Opt for mock-crock boots or bags, luxe leather separates, cozy cashmere, or faux fur.

Nanushka Poppy Tie-Front Vegan leather Shirt ($395)

Frankie Shop Pleated Linen Blend Pants ($159)

Nanushka Lynne Mini Croc-Effect Leather Tote ($365)

& Other Stories Square Toe Leather Ankle Boots ($179)

Add Volume

Exaggerated silhouettes such as billowy sleeves, puff shoulders, slouchy trousers, and voluminous dresses add a refreshingly cool touch to an all-neutral outfit.

Cecile Bahnsen Alma Tie-Back Floral-Cloqué Top ($923)

Albus Lumen X Wookmark Solis Merino Blend Wide Leg Trousers ($507)

Up the Ante With Gold Jewelry

A little sparkle will make your beige outfit pop. Opt for a trending gold chunky chain link necklace.

Mango Link Necklace ($30)

Mango Hoop Earrings ($20)

Break up the Look With Black Accessories

Contrasting black accessories look chic and sophisticated against beige hues. Try a statement black belt and strappy sandals to break up a beige jumpsuit.

Bottega Veneta Belt in French Calk ($950)

Topshop Nicole Black Strap Sandals ($65)

SA106 Cat Eye Sunglasses ($10)

The Gap Utility Jumpsuit ($65)

Jazz it Up With a Print

A pop of print or a statement pattern thrown into an all beige outfit gives the look some life. Try a plaid or animal print shirt in similar hued tones.

Who What Wear Animal Print Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Ruffle Shoulder Blouse ($32)

Topshop Sand Suit ($220)

Experiment with Length

A long trench or overcoat paired with a midi length skirt or culottes looks seriously luxe. Or for a statement look opt for ankle-grazing trousers and coats together.

ASOS Longline Trench Coat ($95)

Frankie Shop Faux Leather Trouser Shorts ($115)


It's all in the details. Look for neutral pieces with interesting details such as ruffles, pockets, bows, and belts.

Zara Ruffled Poplin Blouse ($70)

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