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5 Ways to
Shake Up a Neutral Closet

It’s easy to be ambivalent about wearing color. Black is perpetually on-trend, neutrals are so damn versatile, and denim has a range as long as its history. So how do you keep your neutrals but play with color, too? Approach it with thoughtful placement and in measured doses, lean on accessories, and favor jewelry with clean, simple lines. The end result is more unexpected and chic, less bag of Skittles.

  1. Balancing Act

    For a look that’s more sophisticated than playful, pair bold, classic red with a structured bag in ecru or natural leather. Stay light on your feet with simple slides, and tie it all together with gold accessories—and a healthy, luminous glow.

  2. G. Label Sheely Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress G. Label Sheely Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress G. Label
    Sheely Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress
    goop, $595
  3. Staud Bag Staud Bag Staud
    Bag
    goop, $295
  4. ATP Atelier Sandals ATP Atelier Sandals ATP Atelier
    Sandals
    goop, $195
  5. Sophie Buhai  Bracelet Sophie Buhai  Bracelet Sophie Buhai
    Bracelet
    goop, $995
  6. Jennifer Fisher x goop Hoops Jennifer Fisher x goop Hoops Jennifer Fisher x goop
    Hoops
    goop, $200
  7. Juice Beauty Primer Juice Beauty Primer Juice Beauty
    Primer
    goop, $36
  1. Easy Access(ories)

    Warm up to the bright side by keeping your base layers neutral and adding color, like splashy citrus or dusty blue, by way of layers and accessories. Pack a pot of lip stain in a complementary shade—here, a hibiscus that works on both lips and cheeks.

  2. Proenza Schouler Cardigan Proenza Schouler Cardigan Proenza Schouler
    Cardigan
    goop, $690

  3. Sophie Buhai Hoops Sophie Buhai Hoops Sophie Buhai
    Hoops
    goop, $375

  4. G. Label Patrick Wide-Cuff Pants G. Label Patrick Wide-Cuff Pants G. Label
    Patrick Wide-Cuff Pants
    goop, $495
  5. Emme Parsons Sandals Emme Parsons Sandals Emme Parsons
    Sandals
    goop, $395

  6. Dragon Diffusion Tote Dragon Diffusion Tote Dragon Diffusion
    Tote
    goop, $355
  7. RMS Beauty Lip 2 Cheek RMS Beauty Lip 2 Cheek RMS Beauty
    Lip2Cheek
    goop, $36
  1. Night Shades

    For evening, venture outside predictable black with rich Yves Klein blue that makes eveningwear details like lace and embroidered toile even more intriguing. Add dressed-up flats (you’ll see this everywhere come fall) and a sleek neutral clutch.

  2. Khaite Dress Khaite Dress Khaite
    Dress
    goop, $3,600
  3. Rosa de la Cruz Earrings Rosa de la Cruz Earrings Rosa de la Cruz
    Earrings
    goop, $3,835

  4. Tabitha Simmons Flats Tabitha Simmons Flats Tabitha Simmons
    Flats
    goop, $695

  5. Hunting Season Velvet Compact Hunting Season Velvet Compact Hunting Season
    Velvet Compact
    goop, $975
  6. Sophie Ratner Ring Sophie Ratner Ring Sophie Ratner
    Ring
    goop, $670

  7. RMS Beauty Mascara RMS Beauty Mascara RMS Beauty
    Mascara
    goop, $28
  1. Get Toned

    Choose a skirt, dress, or jumpsuit in a bold shade as a starting point, then let accessories in tonal shades serve as more subtle variations on the theme. Keep the jewelry simple and the finishing touches neutral.

  2. Marni Skirt Marni Skirt Marni
    Skirt
    goop, $690
  3. Emme Parsons Sandals Emme Parsons Sandals Emme Parsons
    Sandals
    goop, $395
  4. Hanes x Karla Top Hanes x Karla Top Hanes x Karla
    Top
    goop, $30
  5. Marni Bag Marni Bag Marni
    Bag
    goop, $2,140
  6. Sophie Ratner Ring Sophie Ratner Ring Sophie Ratner
    Ring
    goop, $1,100
  7. Cote x goop Nail Polish Cote x goop Nail Polish Cote x goop
    Nail Polish
    goop, $18
  1. Sneak Attack

    The ultimate cool-girl styling trick: Just add sneakers. It works as well here as it does everywhere else, and nothing looks better with a structured dress in a striking hue than crisp, bright white.

  2. Tibi Dress Tibi Dress Tibi
    Dress
    goop, $750
  3. Azlee Earrings Azlee Earrings Azlee
    Earrings
    goop, $5,920

  4. Veja Sneakers Veja Sneakers Veja
    Sneakers
    goop, $150

  5. What Goes Around Comes Around Chanel 2.55 What Goes Around Comes Around Chanel 2.55 What Goes Around Comes Around
    Chanel 2.55
    goop, $4,800
  6. Jennifer Fisher Ring Jennifer Fisher Ring Jennifer Fisher
    Ring
    goop, $325

  7. RMS Beauty Eye Polish RMS Beauty Eye Polish RMS Beauty
    Eye Polish
    goop, $28

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