Call me basic, but I love me some neutrals. More and more I find myself ditching busy prints and bright hues (even those that are trending) for more toned down designs. It’s partially because those sorts of pieces are hard to mix and match, and also because it’s super noticeable when you have them on repeat. More than anything, though, is that I’ve noticed I tend to get rid of non-neutral clothing faster. Like 6 months (max) and done. Salvation Army: 1, Meach: 0.
Add to all of that the fact that summer last 4-5 months here in Cleveland, and you’ll understand why I’m not trying to stock up on overly seasonal/trendy pieces. Instead, I decided that this year I’m only going to spend 1/4 of my summer wardrobe budget on one-and-done items. The rest of my mulah is going towards (already has gone towards, lol) pieces I can incorporate into almost any outfit. That’s what I’m going to share with you all today!
So, without any further ado…here are 5 neutral pieces I feel your summer wardrobe needs (and that I’ve already added to my own).
1. White Sneakers: Off white or grey will do, too. Basically, if you can find something that will match with black, white and navy collectively, you’re going to be in good shape. Here are a few options I think are super cute.
- Adidas Gazelle Sneaker – $79.95 // SHOP HERE (I like the off white and grey hues)
- Sperry Seaside Perforated Slide On Sneaker – $74.95 // SHOP HERE (I have these in grey and I’m obsessed. They do take a little time to break in, though. Most flats do for me.)
- [BUDGET BUY] Topshop Crystal Platform Sneaker // SHOP HERE for $23.99!
2. An Earth-Toned Duster Cardigan: My absolute favorite is this “Oatmeal” option from Abercrombie (pictured in my photos above and below). It’s under $30, and it comes in 3 colors. It doesn’t get much better than that, so just do yourself a little favor SHOP IT HERE. (BTW it’s nice and light, which is how I was able to rock in 80 degree temps without dying.)
3. Tan Espadrilles:
Like most fashionistas, I’m totally obsessed with the Annie Perforated Espadrille
by Marc Fisher (in “Mushroom Suede” specifically). This year, though, I replaced a lot of old summer shoes and had to stretch my budget. I found these dupes
by Steve Madden and bought them instead (they’re under $60
). I like the quality, they just run a half size too big. I have a super small foot, and they didn’t come in a 5.5, so I got the 6 and they really just don’t fit me well. It kind of makes me wish I would have just allocated my funds towards the Marc Fisher style. No big deal, though. I still think the Steve Madden’s are great and I wear them relatively often since they go with a lot
. You live and you learn!
4: A Multi-Strand (Layered) Necklace: I have two layered necklaces – one gold and one mixed metal – and I rotate them daily! They add a touch of style to anything and everything – from a cotton tee to a chiffon maxi. Here are a few styles I found online that I swoon over:
- Bauble Bar Aimee Y-Choker: $42 // SHOP HERE
- Madewell 3-Piece Set: $55 // SHOP HERE
- [BUDGET BUY] Women’s Bp. Multistrand Choker: $15 (buy a second necklace to get $2 for $20) // SHOP HERE
5: Slouchy Tees and Tanks: The tank I have pictured is an oldie, but you can find something similar virtually anywhere. I typically buy basics like this from American Eagle (that’s where the one pictures is from, actually), Abercrombie, Nordstrom Rack or Nordstrom. All of those stores tend to have a good variety of colors and styles. Plus, you can count on their quality – all of their products seem to wash well for me.
Side Note: I’m really loving how peplum hems and ruffles have been added to basic tees and tanks this season, like this tank top from American Eagle. I could honestly wear one of those suckers under a duster cardi every day, and I’d be equally cozy and on trend (if I may say so myself).
Well, that’s enough about me! What about you guys. What neutral, versatile pieces are you craving this season? What have you pulled the trigger on that we all should know about? Comment to share the goods.
Thank you all so much for reading. I couldn’t be more appreciative.