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Neutral shades are a fashion staple and this is how to wear them

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An easy way to make the most of your closet, every season.

Neutral colours are always in season so having a few key pieces in your wardrobe is vital. These would be your beige, nude, tan, grey and browns shades that pair together seamlessly and are easy to blend with other colours to complement your look.

Below we speak to fashion expert, designer and owner of clothing brand U/R Italian, Ulrike Bollmann, about neutral colours and why they are fashionably in season all year round.

What makes neutral colours a popular feat all year round?

Neutral tones are always going to be popular in fashion but often change in design, patterns and shades. These colours, which are actually almost none colours, delight us with their stylish restraint and genuine naturalness. The nude look is the complete opposite of the wild, over-styled and make-up facets, which offers a variety in contrast.

What advice would you give to someone when wanting to combine multiple items of neutral colours?

It sometimes tends to be more complicated to put together an outfit with only natural colours whilst still wanting to attract attention, however, with a mixture of tones, patterns and fabric choices, one can most certainly put together a stylish all-nude ensemble.

First and foremost, the clothes themselves are important, especially their quality. Secondly, it's important to include or add in small accents, for example, a belt, patterned jersey, a necklace, or even colourful shoes. Look for materials such as lace, eyelet, wool, or silk to pair with basics such as cotton and linen. You can also add in a print, such as stripes, floral, and leopard to add interest.

Why do you believe neutral colours will always be in fashion?

They are the reflection of pureness and simplicity and can always be dressed up or down no matter the occasion. A neutral pallet gives you a blank, yet fashionable, canvas to work with. Some colours have neutral-like characteristics, such as earth tones like sage and olive greens, burnt orange, sand, and shades of blue including navy and denim.

Why do pastel colours work so well with neutral shades of nude?

Because they almost exude the same degree of contrast and exposure in colour, textures and light. They are all a reflection of purity and being self-effacing.

Talk us through your collection of neutral tones?

It was important to us to design a restrained and somehow pure collection for our customers to enjoy as times have been challenging for everyone and the return to the origins of nature, the simple, really essential things in life, should be reflected in this collection.

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