My Top Ten: Neutral Chic

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Sometimes subtlety is the most fashionable statement of all. This season I’m determined to take a definitive stance on neutral hues, which guarantee effortlessly chic results when done right. From understated ivory to essential navy to just-barely beige, these are the pieces I’ll probably spend the most money on and the most time wearing.

For those of you who have doubts, wearing neutrals all over is totally doable. To achieve a minimalist look without appearing utterly dull and dreary, simplicity is the key.

1. Turtleneck Contrast Trim Skater Dress from DABAGIRL DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

Detailed with a dainty white trim, this two-tone monochrome dress is universally appealing. While the turtleneck takes it from understated to statement-making, the skater dress style is adored for flattering womanly curves. I’d wear it with pointed heels for a sleek edge.

2. Ribbed Midi Skirt from ERANZI DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

If your style tends towards ladylike, a curve-flattering full midi would be a good choice for you. I’d wear it with tonal, pointy heels (They’ll help me look a lot taller than I really am!) and a cropped top to give it a street style flair.

3. Navy Bodycon Dress with Zip Details from Linda Fashion DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

I like to wear navy blue like any other neutral color – it should be a staple for a sleek chic wardrobe. It doesn’t transition in and out of the closet like bright colors do. The zip detail on this bodycon baby adds a tough designer edge. Team with black ankle boots – black and navy were made for each other – and think pretty with a colorful necklace.

4. Beige Oversized Ruffled-Hem Dress from kenzi w DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

Also a trend-proof shade, the versatile beige hue can be worn in whatever style you like without looking too overwhelming. It’s possibly the best soft and muted color to tone down and balance off this casual dress’ oversized fit and adorable ruffle hem. Anyone can pull it off with the fanciest of footwear.

5. Gray-on-gray Textured Sweater and Dress Set from Tang House DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

Gray on gray, when done brilliantly, can be the best color combo to wear every day. Forget matching blacks – head-to-toe gray is totally statement-making and doable, like what you see in this sleekly tailored two-piece set.

6. Knit Vest and Tunic Set from LULUS DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

This layered look is my staple when dabbling in hipster style, which essentially means dressing in a more laid-back way and with comfort in mind. I’d top it off with a bold statement piece.

7. Faux Leather Biker Jacket from chuu DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

Leather is always my top choice for luxury fabric with its good touch-feel, durable nature and classy look. Invest in a timeless biker jacket in the most versatile hue of black. You can wear it with a simple long tee and still ooze an aura of coolness.

8. Genuine Leather Handbag from MBaoBao DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

When choosing a durable handbag for everyday occasions, I’m always inclined to opt for nude, gray, navy or other neutral colors. This streamlined, simple style keeps the hardware, detailing and brand logo to a minimal, which makes it a great companion to different styles and personalities.

9. Neutral Platform Pumps from Reneve DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

At first glance, a good pair of nude pumps seems difficult to wear with things I already own, but the results are surprisingly flattering. It’s truly the one shoe style that promises to complement any outfit. Its barely-there look visually elongates the legs too.

10. Herringbone Paneled Ankle Boots from Reneve DRESSES FOR VALENTINES DAY

The mighty ankle boot is a staple that I return to whenever I reach for my ripped skinnies. This sleek edition boldly throws in a textured panel at the heels, which provides just the right amount of embellishment for the pair to remain on the rack for seasons to come.