Light, neutral colors are not ’90s boy band look anymore


Keep your clothing color light this summer by wearing monochromatic linens. Break up white-on-white outfits with neutral colors.

By Sabreena Saleem

Light, neutral colors are a simple fashion trend that proves less is more.

While spring’s light pastels and florals are still in full effect, this even lighter trend looks and feels great in this hot summer weather.

Light neutrals include warm beiges, off-whites and pure summer whites. From everyday pieces like denim and sneakers, to dressier pieces like cardigans, slacks and button-downs, these colors, mixed together or worn monochromatically, make a bold statement with little effort.

Key pieces for women in these light, neural colors are short-sleeve and sleeveless sweater tops, lightweight camis, muscle tanks, and crewneck tees with loose-fitting skimmer jeans, boyfriend shorts and simple dresses.

For men, consider wearing linen button-downs, chunky beach-inspired sweaters, lightweight khakis and lace-up sneakers.

While I’m totally loving this trend, I have to admit an all-white outfit reminds me of a bad ’90s boy band. I know you were thinking it, too. So this is where the beiges and off-whites come in. My favorite look for men and women is a pair of rolled-up white linen pants paired with a loose-fitting white button-down and a beige accessory like a sweater, belt, scarf or bag. Breaking up the white with something light and neutral keeps look the look soft, yet bold at the same time.

The weather is scorchingly hot, so these lightly-colored pieces that can be incorporated into casual, dressy and work outfits are vital.