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6 Neutral Outfits That Are Just as Summery as Bright Colors

Because your seasonal style doesn’t have to match the foliage.

By Emma Steinbergs

May 26, 2022

Neutrals are timeless, stylish, and versatile—that we know. Cashmere ensembles in various shades of beige have long populated fall runways, head-to-toe black is the unofficial uniform of New Yorkers, and most of us stock our wardrobes with essentials like white tees and dark denim.

But because neutrals are so ubiquitous, we’ve noticed that many people take them for granted—especially in the summer months, when vibrant hues and whimsical florals take center stage. That’s why we’re on a mission to show that neutrals have the potential to be just as delightful, striking, and warm-weather-specific as their more colorful counterparts. Here are six neutral outfits that are just as summery as bright colors.

1.

The Summer Suit

You don’t see short-suits everyday, so when you do, they stand out. This one features the waist-defining Hyo jacket and the just-the-right-length Adina short—both made from our lightweight, Japanese Everyday Twill and featuring our golden-beige butter hue. Add even further dimension to this textured suit with a striped underpinning plus matching two-toned earrings, and fully lean into the leggy look with the elongating Ella sandals.

2.

The Classics and Metallics

The Nejvi top and Curie pant are bestsellers for a reason. Each piece can mix and match with nearly anything in your wardrobe, and when worn together, alabaster and saddle create a chic palette that makes us want to hone our equestrian skills on our imaginary farm upstate. Make your business casual outfit shine by finishing it off with metallic shoes and eye-catching earrings.

3.

The Sleek Silhouette

There is power in clean lines. And when you combine them with rich neutrals? They’re unstoppable. Create a striking silhouette and visual contrast by pairing the Lane skirt in tusk with the Pima cotton Paige tank in camel and the near-matching Carter slides. Tie everything together with the pearl-and-gold Etel earrings, which also balance out your look’s straight shape and solid colors, thanks to their shininess and organic form.

4.

The Nautical Essentials

Take subtle style notes from sailing attire without going full Popeye. Tuck a classic, blue-and-white striped T-shirt into the wide-leg, lengthening (but petite-friendly) Milo jeans, and complete your almost-monochromatic palette with polished white sneakers. Last but not least, fasten your go-to gold hoops, and don’t forget to eat your spinach.

5.

The Silvery Set

There’s something uniquely luxurious about a knit set, and a long-dress-plus-oversized-cardigan combo means you’re all the more enveloped—preferably in a sumptuous fabric like our 3D-knit cotton Tencel. Pair the Felda dress and matching Wiley cardigan for a tranquil-looking ensemble that feels and looks like a breath of fresh air in clothing form. Stick to the cool tones and add some subtle, silver glitz with the Ella sandal and Claressa earrings.

6.

The Decked-Out T-Shirt Dress

Take that frequently worn summer dress in your closet from simple to sophisticated by introducing two important styling elements: structured layers and accessories. Incorporate structure with the Better Than Denim Anna jacket; then, add high-quality accessories like the lowkey, leather Carter slides and the lightweight Wanda earrings.

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Emma Steinbergs

Emma is M.M.LaFleur's Senior Brand Associate. She previously worked as an M.M. stylist and Customer Communications Associate, and she still loves thinking through styling challenges and solutions for customers.

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