STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Nothing But Neutral

We are experiencing the strangest weather patterns in Iowa City lately. Seasons are blurring together and — for the first time in my five years of Midwestern living — Iowa did not have a white Christmas. With the wind and chilly temperatures, area Fashionistas are incorporating go-to layering pieces from fall into their spring wardrobes.

Assembling the perfect outfit is a delicate and careful process — much like putting together the pieces of a puzzle. What struck me about this ensemble is how unique and put together this Fashionista looks wearing only neutral pieces. She relied on noble neutrals to keep her warm and fabulous during this burst of cold weather.

To acquire this comfy and casual look, start with your favorite pair of blue jeans and a white T-shirt, then layer with a sweater vest and braided belt. When polishing off your nothing-but-neutral look, reference this Fashionista and find neutral accessories that make a bold statement. Nude flats pop next to this Fashionista’s richly colored denim, while ger unique magnifying glass pendant and blue drop earrings give this outfit a touch of vintage flair.

Every time I go shopping I come home with a new patterned dress or colorful shoes. If your closet looks anything like mine, your wardrobe could probably use a heavy dose of neutrals too. All the bright colors and patterns this season has to offer are absolutely lovely, but if you find yourself in need of a change, try assembling a nothing-but-neutral look of your own. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy dressing up your basic brown and beige pieces.

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