How To Wear Neutrals And Embrace 2019's Monochrome Trend


When it’s snowy and below 32 degrees, putting together a fashion-forward outfit is the last thing on your mind. Sweats (or anything comfortable) are the default, because face it, the only way you're getting out of bed is in an outfit that basically feels like you never left. But, this season, there's a trend that's poised to make getting ready in winter all the easier, and the good news is it's not only easy — it's stylish. Embracing the season's monochromatic trend and nailing how to wear neutrals in a fashion-forward way is the key. Not only does it take next to no effort to throw together shades of cream, ivory, and beige, there's something inherently luxe about these wintery hues.

Look to Jane Birkin or Bianca Jagger to see a neutral monochrome look, says stylist Rebecca Dennett. “Neutral is an easy and fail-safe option. It’s always classic and you can purchase timeless pieces that will weather many seasons – especially in a time of uncertainty,” Dennett says. “I always strive to look effortless, which is at the core of neutral dressing.” Cozy teddy bear coats, cuddly fisherman's knits, and even tonal pieces in silk or cotton can be combined to pull off the look.

The key to wearing neutral head-to-toe is layering textures and tones, Dennett adds. Since combining multiple luxe nude pieces can skew bland, adding different variations of neutral tones can add volume and sophistication to the look. Ahead, you’ll find nine stylish and on-trend ways to wear the hue full-on, with styling – and of course shopping – to help you make head-to-toe neutral feel totally un-boring.

Belt Cozy Separates


If you’re going to wear pieces in the same texture, break them up by adding a belt and mixing tones. Highlight your waist by belting a chunky cable-knit sweater and keep the accessories simple. “Experiment with tones and texture within your monochrome palette,” Dennett explains. A cozy knit trouser with a slight flare elongates your silhouette amongst the bulky top.

Knitted Braided Sweater




Tiger Knitted Track Pants



Black Lecce Belt


Isabel Marant

All Neutral Suiting


Suiting is having a major moment in 2019, and road-testing the cool-weather staple in the form of a nude satin suit is a super luxe way to adopt the trend. A ribbed turtleneck in a light brown color is the perfect complement to a soft-hued outfit. To finish off the ensemble, wear a belt bag the trendiest way – around your chest.

Satin Ruched Sleeve Blazer


Generation Love

Belted Satin Trousers



Forte Forte

Wide Rib Turtleneck Sweater in Camel


Bop Basics

Original Achilles Leather Sneakers


Common Projects

Luxe Cat Eye Sunglasses


Adam Selman x Le Specs

Croc-Effect Leather Belt Bag



With Statement Pants


Since 2018 was the year of the animal print, consider it a neutral. Build an outfit around a sleek pair of a leather snakeskin trouser styled with other neutral pieces like a cozy sweater and on-trend white boots. A front sweater tuck gives the neutral ensemble a cool twist.

Knit Alpaca Sweater



Python Print Trousers




Levy Leather Ankle Boots


Gianvito Rossi

Lantern Bag in Tauper



One-Piece And Done


Why settle for a cable knit sweater? For an easy, one-piece cozy outfit, throw on a beige cable knit dress with a moderate slit and hardware buttons. Style the dress with a pair of slouchy knee-high boots in a complimentary neutral shade. If you’re worried about bare legs, try a thigh high boot, and layer on tights.

Chunky Knit Dress




Icon Knee High Boots


Tamara Mellon

Brown Metal and Calf Leather Aviator Sunglasses




Utility Chic


Utilitarian workwear is another trend worth trying this year. Embrace it in the easiest way possible by sporting an all-neutral boilersuit with with utilitarian details for a cool, streetwear vibe. Finish the look off with accessories that match the details for a splash of contrast.

Ecru Denim Boilersuit



Fara Leather Combat Boots


The Row

Black Long Rectangular Sunglasses



George Keburia

With a Shearling Coat


Dress up a white turtleneck by layering a fuzzy, shearling outerwear piece in a dark caramel color atop. Sleek trousers pull the polished look together. The look will not only keep you warm on a chilly day, but is polished enough for the office too.

Belted Faux-Fur Coat



Kwaidan Editions

Long Sleeve Mockneck


Helmut Lang

High-waist Straight Trousers




Play With Proportions


In addition to mixing textures, play around with the proportions of your separates. A scarf sweater in a soft oatmeal color will keep you comfy and is balanced out when paired with wide-leg jeans in wintery white. A bright pair of white flats completes the tonal outfit.

Cream 2-Piece Sweater Set


Frankie Shop

Ridgewood Corduroy Pants




Koko Slingback Ballet Flats in White


Diana von Furstenberg

Lunchpail Leather-Trimmed Striped Sisal Bag


Cesta Collective

Simply Neutral


A rich camel coat is a wardrobe staple you should invest in, as it's timeless and will carry over season to season. For a neutral look, try styling it with white jeans. “A tailored monochrome look is a great power statement and timeless,” Dennett says. Add a headband with a luxe velvet texture for a pop of color.

Trionfo Wrap Camel Coat


Marina Rinaldi, Plus Sized

JFK Skinny in White



Warp + Weft

Romney Leather Chelsea Boots


Gianvito Rossi




Feminine Layering


You may have put your white summer dresses into storage for winter, but it’s time to pull them back out. Layer a white sweater over a summery white dress for a feminine and cozy look. Add a short teddy over to keep you extra warm on ultra-chilly days.

Faux Shearling Jacket


Endless Rose

Cable Knit Wool Blend Sweater




Tiered Cotton Mini Dress



Phoenix Lace Up Boots