I spent a majority of my life avoiding neutrals, thinking they "clash with my skin tone" but as I develop a better understanding of what palettes and tones work for me, and grow more comfortable in my own skin and I'm learning that there's a way around those neutral tones that I thought once made me look like an extra on the Walking Dead. For instance, while blush tones tend to match my skin they work amazing as accessories to compliment monotone outfits like all black or all white. I love playing with khaki colored jackets because they can be rolled, tucked and buttoned to look less bland.
Last week, in the midst of a creative rutt with birthday money hole burning in my pocket, I made a trip to some of my favorite shops in my neighborhood. First, I hit up Banana Replubic which isn't typically a store I find much at but I have stumbled across some gems. After trying on multiple styles I settled on this beautiful snake skin maxi skirt. Fun fact: I can't decide if it's grey, nude or lilac. Banana Republic tends to run true to size for me but to my surprise I was able to size down to a size twelve. What was even more satisfying was that this skirt was marked down to $19.97!
Next up I ran into my local Anthropologie, even though there wasn't any additional markdowns on sale items I felt the need to do a sweep. I found this cropped Hei Hei jacket on sale for $30! I was super stoked to get my hands on this jacket because I had it in my online cart but it sold out before I got to check out. The fit on this jacket is not for everyone, and it has a faded army print. The sleeves are cropped with a dolman fit which I loved for adding texture to a simple outfit.
I love how both of these neutral pieces contrast and compliment each other and that both were well within my ideal spending range.