There’s always a case for loud and proud, sure, especially when the sun’s out, but we’re here to preach the equal power of neutrals. Greys, whites, and beiges too often fade into the backdrop of outfits, making way for brighter highlight pieces to steal the show. But, with the right neutral clothing, you can ensure that the quieter pieces in your wardrobe hold as much swinging power as the loudest.
From accessories to footwear, neutral clothing should form the bedrock to your spring/summer wardrobe. That’s because while the right neutral pieces have the power to lead your look with interesting silhouettes and beautiful texture, they also provide the perfect stage for a standout item if needed. They’re the humble, hard workers of the modern wardrobe, and they deserve a season to shine.
Shop the best neutral clothing for the season below.
Jil Sander Cotton-Herringbone Bucket Hat
We spoke about the need for texture when styling neutrals and this Jil Sander Bucket Hat perfectly exemplifies that. A lack of detailing and neutral palette shifts the focus to the relaxed silhouette and the fine herringbone texture of the pure cotton construction. It’s all in the details.
Acne Studios Alisse Logo-Print Canvas Tote Bag
If you’ve chosen a highlight piece to wear, you can add impact by opting for neutral peripheries which work to frame the louder selection. This Acne Studios Alisse Tote Bag is the ideal, pared-back finish with its ivory palette and bold text logo.
Kuboraum Round Matte-Acetate Sunglasses
Berlin-based Kuboraum certainly isn’t known for its neutral offering, but this pair of round-lens sunnies complete with caramel lenses is the smooth accessory we need this season.
Jacquemus Paneled Cotton-Blend Hooded Sweatshirt
A well-constructed neutral color palette is always a sight to behold, and Jacquemus’ brown, beige, and grey combination gets top marks from us. This paneled hoodie is a staple, there’s no way around it.
Polo Ralph Lauren Logo-Embroidered Cable-Knit Cotton Sweater
Cable-knit sweaters are all the rage right now, which is unexpected as we transition into spring and summer. Regardless, we’re here for it, and this neutral Polo Ralph Lauren classic is a foolproof selection.
Séfr Open-Collar Linen Polo Shirt
A linen build makes Séfr’s Open-Collar Polo Shirt a go-to this summer. It’s breathable and lightweight, and features dropped shoulders for a laid-back, bohemian fit.
Marni Brushstroke-Striped Cotton Flared-Leg Jeans
At once neutral and eye-catching, this pair of Marni pants is neutral done right. White brushstrokes form horizontal stripes across the pair, drawing the eye to a lightly flared leg.
Oliver Spencer Weston Striped Organic-Cotton Jersey Shorts
Oliver Spencer’s understated tack is on full show with the Weston Shorts cut from organic cotton. Tonal, embroidered stripes detail the off-white pair to give them a flash of character while ensuring they still have the power to style with absolutely everything.
Converse Chuck 70 High-Top Canvas Trainers
Chucks are always timeless, but this off-white iteration is the MVP of neutral footwear. The vulcanized sole unit meets a smooth, cream upper in perfect style for the warmer season.
Birkenstock Boston Suede Sandals
The Birkenstock Boston is an icon. After a year of lazyboy fits, the suede mule has become one of the most popular silhouettes about, and for good reason. The cork midsole provides the soft ride while neutral suede ages over time like a fine wine.
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