Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Reader Request: Taupe

Hi Everyone!  I received my first reader request and I am beside myself with excitement.  A reader recently purchased a new pair of taupe pants.  Hooray for a neutral.  The reader would like to know what shoes to pair with the new taupe pants.  Well reader, the answer is, taupe is a neutral.  So, technically you can pair any color shoe with taupe, including other neutrals.  Although, unless you want a full monochromatic look, you may want to avoid nude or light tan.  See my pairings below.

Shoe Pairings

Top Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Second Row: 1 / 2
Third Row: 1 / 2
Fourth Row: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Taupe Pants

As you can see above, you can pair taupe pants with other neutrals, such as black, grey and navy.  Or non-basic neutrals - patterns, such as snakeskin and even cheetah print.  You can also pair them with pops of color, such as red or purple.  What if you pair them with pops of color?  How do you incorporate that into an entire outfit?

Using the same shoe pairings as above, I also created outfits using a few selections that the reader told me she purchased along with the taupe pants.

Outfit #1: shirt / blazer / bracelet / earrings
Outfit #2: shirt / sweater / bracelet
Outfit #3: shirt / cardigan / bracelets
Outfit #4: sweater / earrings

Outfit #1 is actually a group of neutrals mixed with a neutral pattern.  The accessories are even neutral.  Do you see how the outfit looks very put together, yet all it consists of is neutrals?  Outfit #2 includes a purple v-neck, one similar to the one the reader purchased.  You can pair this with a red patterned shoe with red accessories.  Outfit #3 is similar to the second outfit, in that it works with a similar color palette.  This is a brighter shoe paired with pink.  Pink is in the same color family as red, so they work in an outfit.  I used the purple cardigan to pull out the purple in the striped top.  Outfit #3 is built on the neutral, navy.  I added the green earrings for a pop of color.

So, what do you think?  Would you wear any of these outfits?  Do you feel better at creating an outfit with a neutral base?

Thank you for reading my blog.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for all of your fabulous suggestions!!! You are the best!