Given many of your comments on yesterday's post, it seems that neutral is in the eye of the beholder. I chose a deep smokey blue-based purple as what I called "my version of a neutral" for the Background Dress. I suppose what I meant by that is this is a color I could certainly see as the background in said Background Dress. Just think of the various colored scarves you could pair with it - blue, red, mustard, black, burgundy.
Many of you responded excitedly to this idea of creating your own neutral. As Casey said,
We've been boxed into the idea that "neutrals" are things like shades of white/cream, black, gray, brown, navy, etc. But if you don't like the standard bunch of neutrals or find that they don't work in your wardrobe, who is to say that you can't make your own set of neutrals? I've been slowly working towards doing just that in my own wardrobe: medium blues, gray, purple, etc. Those have become my more flattering "base" pieces, and I'm finding that I actually use them more than garments that are in conventional "neutrals"!Others gave surprising choices for their neutrals: Mikhaela says chartreuse, for Vix it's aqua.
Sara respectfully disagreed with all this neutral willy-nillyness.
I love the purple double knit, but in my opinion, it isn't a neutral. A colour that suits you certainly belongs in your wardrobe, but a neutral is a colour that you could wear everyday and that you could even wear head to toe. My go to neutrals are black, white and tan, which I love to combine with splashes of colour (colours that suit me, such as coral, turquoise, purple, plum, all shades of green). I think you could wear black everyday and never look the same, depending on the style of garments you choose and how you accessorize them. If you wore purple or plum everyday, it would be too monotone. Green is a colour that looks great with my skintone and haircolour, but if I wore it head to toe, I would look like an elf!I think that's an interesting litmus test for what a neutral is: would you wear it head to toe? Black is the only color I would wear head-to-toe, and indeed it is my traditional neutral of choice. (I don't go for browns, grays, or navys for some reason.) But, then again, ivory is a nice neutral and I would never wear it head to toe unless I was getting married again (aka never!).
Though it may not be the most practical or conservative method of wardrobe-planning, I continue to feel inspired by this idea of trying nontraditional colors as neutrals in my wardrobe.
What do you think? Can more electric colors be neutrals? Or is that a stretch? What are your neutrals?
Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this!
P.S. Definitely check out the Pantone site for fantastic color inspiration!