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Casual Chic Neutrals

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately refining my personal style. My view on style is that it is a form of self-expression—not a tool for comparison or vanity. I honestly do not believe that there is even good style and bad style. It’s truly a matter of opinion, and what we choose to wear should always be a reflection of who we are and how we feel, rather than something to get attention or compliments.

Over the past month I’ve realized there are a lot of clothes I’m hanging onto that I don’t really wear and I don’t really love, and it’s gotten me thinking about what it is I do love and what clothes make me feel most like me.

The answer? Neutrals. Lots and lots of neutrals. I’ll write a lot more on this later (specifically, how to create a small, chic, neutral wardrobe that works), but for now I give you a smidgen of inspiration from my closet—simple, cozy, chic and 100% my style—oh, and of course it includes the most perfect cozy sweater. It’s absolutely one of my new wardrobe staples!

Mossimo Open Sweater // J.Crew Facotry Striped Layering V-Neck Tee or LOFT Striped Puff Sleeve 3/4 Sleeve Top // HOBO Sheila Bag // American Eagle Jeggings or Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans // Merona Kailey Ankle Boot

P.S. Are you into neutral style, too? Check out my Pinterest board, The Neutral Wardrobe, for lots and lots of inspiration!


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    mary beth
    November 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Love it all!!! I am a very neutrals kind of girl. :) I need to purchase those AE jeggings…like today. ;)

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    Sarah Brooke
    November 20, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I am right with you on all of this! I just bought those booties last time I was at Target and they are already my favorite.

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      November 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Right?!? I’m super impressed with them. I was eyeing the Lonny Boots from Madewell (http://bit.ly/1ivzUhv), and the Target ones are SO SIMILAR, but so, so much more affordable. And of course, an awesome staple item to have.

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    November 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I am loving everything you’re working on lately! I love seeing it all come together and it is providing some great inspiration!

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    Christine P
    November 20, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve slowly been going through a wardrobe overhaul too with the same reasonings you mentioned – I am sure I barely wear half my closet, so trying to take on the task of downsizing and adding pieces I love is exciting! Just takes some work, and money, haha

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      November 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Definitely a lot of work, but well worth it I think! Good luck with your wardrobe overhaul :)

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    November 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Yay! Can’t wait for the guide on building a neutral wardrobe! Love your style, actually, your self expression ;)

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    November 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Neutrals all the way! I love your neutral wardrobe pinboard, lots of great inspiration. My favorite fall/winter staples are skinny jeans, boots, and cozy layers. Usually if I’m going to use a bright color it’s a scarf so I can get lots more wear out of my neutral basics. Having a well edited wardrobe is key and that’s one of my current challenges! It’s been a process over the last year or so and I’m still refining. One item I want to purchase this year is a pair of neutral booties. I also love that Target sweater you posted :)

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      November 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Totally agree with you on using scarves as a way to add color—they’re inexpensive and easy to switch out by season. SO glad you’re enjoying the pinboard!

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    November 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Great style board! As a fellow blogger, can I ask how you create the mood boards? They are so clean and simple!

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