How to Add Color to Your Neutral Wardrobe

ways to add color to your outfits


My style aesthetic has really changed over the years. When I started this blog, I mainly wore bright colors and was a huge fan of mixing prints. Over the past few years, I’ve gravitated more and more toward neutrals. I still like wearing bright and bold colors, especially in the summer. With that said, neutrals are still the best option for building out your wardrobe basics. And having a neutral wardrobe also makes getting dressed easier. But how do you add color to your neutral wardrobe?

Someone recently contacted me asking for ideas on adding colorful accents to a neutral outfit.  So, If you shy away from wearing color or want ideas on how to add color to your neutral outfits, this post is for you! I’m wearing the same top and pants in these outfits to show you how making a few adjustments with pops of color will completely change the look and make it stand out. Keep reading for my foolproof outfit formulas and how to add color to your neutral outfits.



Ways to Incorporate Color Into Your Outfits

1 – Wear Statement Earrings to Accessorize a Neutral Outfit

Earrings are a great way to add color to your neutral outfit. My red statement earrings pop against the all-white outfit.

how to add color to your neutral wardrobe

Top | Pants | Earrings


2 – Dress Up a Plain Outfit with a Scarf

A patterned scarf around your neck instantly adds more polish and interest to a plain outfit. If you don’t like to wear scarves around your neck, try looping through your belt loops and wearing it as a belt. It’s a chic way to add subtle color to your neutral wardrobe.

ways to add pops of color to your outfits

Top | Pants | Mules (similar) | Scarf | Bag


3 – Add Colorful Shoes to Your Neutral Wardrobe

A great way to break up a monochrome outfit is with a pair of brightly colored shoes. My blue loafers accentuate this tonal look and steal the show.

how to add color to your neutral wardrobe

Top | Pants | Belt | Loafers | Bag (TBDOUSEDINPINK30 for $30 off)


4 – Accent Your Neutral Outfit with a Hat

Hats are a fun accessory to top off a basic neutral outfit and add a pop of color. Look for a fresh spring color to contrast against your neutral base and make your plain outfit more interesting.

how to add color to your neutral wardrobe

Top | Pants | Hat


5- The 3rd Piece Rule Trick

Another way to add color to your neutral wardrobe is to follow the 3rd piece rule and add a colorful topper as a completer piece. You could wear the same neutral outfit repeatedly, changing the topper for a new and different new look.

how to add color to your neutral wardrobe

Top | Pants | Similar Jacket


6 – Add Color with a Handbag

Did you notice that I added a colorful bag with several of these outfits? Handbags are an easy way to add interest to your look when it lacks color. For this last look, I incorporated three color pop ideas; a scarf, a handbag, and a topper to make a boring outfit look cute.

how to add color to your neutral wardrobe

Top | Pants | Scarf | Mules (similar) | Similar CoatBag (TBDOUSEDINPINK30 for $30 off)

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