So... what exactly are the basics? I introduce to you: Basic Neutrals!
Black / Grey / Brown / Ivory / Navy / Khaki (or olive)
I want to say that everything can be matched with these colors - and for the most part that's true. There are some things I would refrain from, such as black and yellow (bumblebee) and brown and orange (Halloween at its best). Other than that, though and you have free reign.
As you can see in these next two illustrations, I can match these five tops with every pair of neutral colored pants. Neutrals are like the base in the building blocks of a fabulous wardrobe. See below. I wish I could make this interactive, but for now you can use your hand to cover everything besides one top and one pant. Now do that with the same pant, but uncover each of the different tops. Now try it with each pant. See? They all go together.
So, if you have a neutral, chances are you can pair it with any color. You don't have to keep the neutral on bottom, either. Here's an example of a neutral top.
Top Row: 1
And that is Part 1 of Neutrals. If you are trying to re-vamp your wardrobe, a good place to start is to go through your closet and pull out all of your neutrals, whether they be tops or bottoms. Then pull out all of your non-neutrals. Now start pairing neutrals with non-neutrals. Of course you have to be mindful of shape and fit, so not everything is going to look all hunky dory together. If you have a fitted top, try pairing it with a loose fitting bottom and vice versa. I hope you discover a side to your wardrobe that you've never seen before. I will leave you with a few of my favorite neutral/non-neutral pairings.
Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon.