when the seasons change, our color palette shifts too; nature’s vibrant bursts of fall foliage are the first clues when it comes to an autumn color scheme. when we step out of our door, orange, green, cream, gray, rust, blue, and brown are displayed in all their glory. while we all love the colors of leaves that change from green to gold this time of year, many of us groan about wearing an autumn color palette. take heart. today i’m sharing how to wear fall neutrals.
years ago, i lived on an island in the Pacific that gave me plenty of opportunities to observe the ocean’s stunning shades of turquoise. many of you know i head to Tybee Island now and again to spend time at our family beach home. what’s better than a long walk amidst the sandy dunes filled with sandpipers and seagulls? there’s something soothing about the waves crashing onto shore with blue skies overhead. and nothing compares to a beach sunset. watch for the green flash. it truly exists! Tybee Island is a veritable feast for the eyes, along with the entire Atlantic coastline that stretches for miles and miles. whenever i’m in town, i love to work with Wen McNally Photography, which knows how to capture the essence of Tybee – the beach.
it can be intimidating to wear fall neutrals, especially if you’ve been classified into another color palette based on your skin type or hair color. many style experts have even gone so far as to say that our jewelry choices need to be correlated with our skin tone too… cool tones, warm tones, winter, or summer is the typical classification. and yes, there are specific colors that truly bring out the best in us. for me, lavender, pink, emerald green, and navy are all tried and true winners. and i can’t disagree that silver and platinum metals are complementary with my skin tone. so, does that mean i only wear those colors that look good on me day in and day out? no, i don’t put myself in a color box because i love all the colors and all the jewelry.
on any given day, you will see me sporting gold earrings or a beige blouse typically relegated to warm skin tones even though my fair skin clearly classifies me as a cool-tone mama. listen, if you feel comfortable sticking to a particular color palette, then, by all means, do just that. style is always about what makes you feel confident when you step out the door. but if you’re like me and want to experiment with colors, here’s a style tip i frequently incorporate. wear a color scheme that suits your skin tone next to your face. an easy way is to tie a scarf around your neck or add a third layer like a blazer, jacket, or cardigan in a complementary color.
above are the trending colors for 2021-2022.
today’s ootd truly reflects nature’s colorful bounty. as a matter of fact, i might blend into the background. this casual chic outfit starts with boot cut blue jeans (limited sizes, similar here, here, and here) from Ann Taylor last featured here. a rolled cuff shows off suede booties (similar here, here, and here) purchased last year at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. add an animal print scarf from Banana Republic to add pizazz to a silk sand-tone blouse from Vince that’s having a 25% off site-wide sale. notice the half-tuck in front that was achieved by twisting the fabric then tucking into the jeans. a black belt with a gold buckle (old, similar here) adds texture and ties back to the scarf. gold hoop earrings, a gold and black station necklace from Tory Burch (similar here), and a gold bangle from Julie Vos add personality and polished sophistication.
the Tybee Lighthouse is one of the oldest in the USA, dating back to 1736.
a cargo ship heading into the Savannah River. the waves from the ship make for ideal surfing conditions.