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Monday, 9 January 2017

When Nothing Will Do But Neutrals

Styling a shirt jumper dress for winter Funnily enough, for years I'd thought of neutrals as pale shades such as white and cream.  Eventually, I twigged the spectrum includes a ton of other options, ranging from black to grey and from brown to (best of all) navy.  I love the colour and have been bringing it into my wardrobe whenever possible lately (check out my latest fitness look).  So, when I spotted this sweat dress with shirting hem on one of my far-too-often late night ASOS sessions, I found myself wondering how to style it with other neutrals, without drowning the pale shirting hem.  Needless to say, this is not a look for facing the elements in and rather one suited to indoor events - or uh, for exploring glasshouses...
UK Glasshouse in winter
Navy blue Valentino lock stud medium bag
Styling fashion neutrals in winter navy blue


Boots - Lost Ink Alice Pom Pom Ankle Boots  |  Bag - Valentino Lock Medium

Scarf - Zara  |  Watch - Daniel Wellington Classic Back Reading

Ear Cuffs - ASOS  | Tights - Pretty Polly

Glasshouse similar to Sky Garden near London
Dainty gold ear cuffs by Accessorize
Delicate and dainty gold ear cuffs by Accessorize
The shorter length of this dress would go perfectly with OTK boots, but since feeding my Lost Ink obsession last week with a shoe haul, I couldn't resist whipping out these pom pom beauties for the first time!  Whether we realise it or not, the majority of our shoe wardrobes can be described as neutrals, but in the winter the real fun comes in finding dark boots that still manage to stand out.  Personally, I'm all for skyscraper heels and embellishments such as laces, cut-outs and pom poms.
Styling an extra long chunky knit scarf for winter
Light bright and white glasshouse in natural light
Blogger fashion shoot in bright white glasshouse
Rediscovering this chunky knit scarf has reminded me of how uhh-mazing extra-long scarves can be in balancing outfits, especially those that feature unusual dimensions - like the drop 'waist' of this dress.  Then, all that remains is to continue accessorising with standout neutral gems such as a black, navy or grey bag and decide whether you want your jewellery to complement or steal the show.  As I've said a million times, I adore dainty jewellery and so opted for a multi-band ring and teeny-tiny ear cuffs on just one ear.
Black suede ankle boots by Lost Ink
Blogger fashion shoot in glasshouse greenhouseI'd love to hear how you've been wearing neutrals lately, do you have a fave?  Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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85 comments

  1. You could style anything! Seriously! Navy is such a beautiful colour xx

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  2. Love the outfit lovely!! Amazing photos x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  3. You styled it beautifully Gabrielle! I love your sweater and those booties are dreamy!
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  4. Gorgeous look as always girl, I love how unique that dress is with the skirting hem, so cute ! Those boots are to die for also, they are so fun with the pompoms !

    XOXO
    Jess
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  5. I stick to black, white and grey and usually add red for a pop of color. Navy isnt my favorite. The dress is very pretty, at first I thought it was a two-piece.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  6. You style neutrals together so well, Gabrielle! I'm drooling over your bag and killer booties!

    Tina
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  7. You look lovely hun, I wish neutrals would suit me as well as you!

    Hannatalks

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  8. Your bag and boots are gorgeous! I love your outfit x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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  9. Love your new layout hun and these neutrals look amazing on you :) Hope you had a lovely holiday and a good start to 2017 xx

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  10. Love the black and white picture at the end and what fab boots - so fun!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  11. Your outfit looks gorgeous.

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  12. Your bag and boots are so cute! I love the pom pom detail.
    LaToya
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  13. What an absolutely beautiful place for outfit pictures! I love navy, it's so versatile and just a bit more interesting than black! Those boots are absolutely beaut!
    Amy xx
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  14. Last year I started embracing neutrals. I've always been a girl that loves vivid colours, however with years I discovered that neutrals can have a special (almost magical) elegance to them, that easily becomes timeless...Neutrals are our best friends when it comes to creating those effortless chic outfits.

    I do agree about winter shoes...most of them are either black or brown, so a bit of embellishment goes a long way. Heels are always sexy and feminine...Details like embroidery, pom poms, bows etc...can make a lot of difference.


    you look stunning in this feminine and classy look! The location is dreamy as well. Who doesn't like plants? A bit of green can make our day.

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  15. Amazing photos! I love your look from head to toe :) It's simply chic

    STYLE VANITY

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  16. hahaha this is so funny!! "late night ASOS sessions":D You look amazing my love!
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  17. Stunning outfit and location Gabrielle. Love all the plants.

    Gemma x
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  18. I simply adore everything about this outfit! First off, navy looks amazing on you and just brightens your skin and hair so beautifully! That said, the dress is such a lovely, unique piece; I love the skirted contrast, which gives a touch of prettiness to the look. I'm also swooning over those boots, too! Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having the most amazing start to your week!

    PS: I absolutely adore what you've done with the site, it looks wonderful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  19. This outfit is super chic, lady- you look lovely! And the new site design is looking sharp!

    -Ashley
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  20. I LOVE neutrals and don't worry It took me a long time to work out that navy was a neautral as well ! I've recently been wearing more navy, originally I thought that the colour wouldn't suit me but I tried it and have been obsessed ever since !

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  21. Sometimes the basics in neutral tones make the perfectly stylish outfits. Especially when you add a touch of fine jewellery like you did :)

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  22. Oh I am a fan of neutrals too darling! Great style and beautiful pics like always
    xx

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  23. Those shoes!!! So cute !

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  24. Love everything about this outfit Gabrielle and I love every little detail. The Asos dress is something I would definitely wear myself! :)

    Yiota
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  25. I absolutely adore the bag and the boots!
    Love your photography

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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  26. A greenhouse is the perfect setting for outfit photos in the winter! I absolutely love your earrings and Valentino ♡

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  27. Happy New Year Gabrielle! Your look is really beautiful, I adore the boots and your bag, I would love to have them in my wardrobe!! ;)
    Have a lovely evening
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  28. I love every detail of your outfits!Just perfect!

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  29. Yes navy is a neutral and it's one that looks splendid on your Gabrielle! Another winning look and how seriously fabulous are your boots!

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  30. Neutrals are the best though!! And your outfit looks gorgeous (as do you!) xx

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  31. I LOVE this outfit! Agreed navy is the best neutral (alongside grey!) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  32. This is such a lovely look, and a greenhouse is always the best setting! I adore neutrals, especially when you can use them to play around with different aspects of an outfit (i.e. texture, YES!). Also, those boots Gabrielle!! Yes!!

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  33. I have a major shoe envy here. Those boots are AMAZING. I adore the pom pom detailing.

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  34. Neutrals are always safe and classic, yet they really do stand out! They allow you to notice all the cool little details of an outfit : ) you look so fab here!

    xx, Amy
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  35. that is a really cute outfit, your bag is really pretty
    x,abril
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  36. Gorgeous!
    You're boots are just divine
    Totally agree neutrals are always my go to!
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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  37. Looking gorgeous, love those boots!! What a great place too :) x

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  38. Love this look ! Simple but nice :) And your shoes are to die for !

    Kenza from https://travelwithkenza.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. I am so obsessed with this look! Those. booties. You're killing it! Loving the setting for this shoot too, beautiful!

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  40. I love your outfit!! I've actually been really into neutrals lately, especially when it comes to buying sweaters and scarves!

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  41. everything is gorgeous but the boots are my favorite.

    Life is just Rosie
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  42. These boots are insane!! Love them!
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  43. What an angelic post. You look stunning in your neutral outfit, really very beautiful and what a great location also which ties in so nicely with the theme of this post.

    Those boots are gorgeous and work so nicely with the chunky black scarf and little black Valentino bag!

    Also really like the lipstick you are wearing here, it really has a beautiful tint to it.

    Laura xo
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  44. I totally agree, I am all about the embellishment when it comes to boots and I love your pom pom ones :) All my boots are looking a little worse for wear at the moment so maybe it's time to treat myself to some new ones! x

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  46. I love the entire look: bag, booties and dress! You always wear classy outfits that suit your type.

    ANOUK

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  47. Wow what a gorgeous look! I love the boots :D

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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  48. I love neutrals, my wardrobe majorly is neutral. Your outfit is on point. Love the way you styled the colors together.
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  49. I love wearing neutrals pretty much all 4 seasons so this look is a winner for me. The chunky knit scarf is really the accent piece here as it's versatile and chic while keeping the chills at bay. And don't get me started on that bag, clearly one on my purse bucket list haha~. Amazing pictures, styling, and writing as always hun! :) xo~ Lena
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  50. Those shots are amazing. And love the boots so much.

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  51. Definitely perfect for exploring an indoor sanctuary like this! I love the entire look & the skirt hem is such a nice accent to the dress. Love those boots too! You’re right about finding a pair that stands out. These ones look comfortable too!

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  52. Amazing. The shoes are such a standout.

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  53. Navy is such a beautiful colour! I love how you paired this, and your bag is amazing! Love the edgy look and the colour and size is perfect! I defiantly like blush tones, beige, and even navy as pairings :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/01/street-style-underground.html

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  54. You can never go wrong with neutrals. You look so amazing as always, Gabrielle! Great way of styling. ♥ Hope to hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
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  55. Neutrals is always a safe choice. You look so chic! Love the bag too <3 I have a similar one.

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  56. Those booties are fabulous! Give me all the Pom-Poms! Ahhhh! Love! I also forget slash literally have no idea how cold England gets so I have no idea how you've braved the cold in that skirt. Oh the price of fashion eh!?

    Sxx
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  57. Navy is totally my go to colour for EVERYTHING. Love this dress on you, you can't even see the goosebumps! ;)

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  58. Gorgeous look - you managed to combine neutrals beautifully! Love the pom pom boots!

    Miriam x
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  59. Well I had no idea neutrals covered other shades apart from beiges and light pink, I feel so stupid for not knowing haha, I also love navy, it's such a flattering shade and I really love this dress! Such a pretty dress :)

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  60. Such a gorgeous look. Love the boots! You look amazing!

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  61. Looking lovely here Gabrielle, I really like this outfit, it looks great on you and you're right, the colour palette is lovely - sometimes neutrals are just what you need! - Tasha

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  62. Your boots look absolutely gorgeous! I think I'm in love. They are the most beautiful boots I've seen in a while haha. You are right about neutrals, it's not necessarily about pale colours - neutral colours are also dark, and navy is a great shade to wear with neutral/monochrome looks :)

    Julia x
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  63. I love the way you're wearing your scarf !
    Such a nice outfit.
    xx,
    Margot
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  64. The bag is really really wonderful <3 Have a nice dear xx

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  65. I think I live in neutrals about 80% of the time - they're so classic! Love this outfit, and those boots especially are so elegant! Gorgeous as always. X

    Euriental

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  66. So cute outfit! I love the boots! x

    Laura
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  67. Beautiful pictures Gabrielle and your hair looks just perfect! <3
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  68. Such a chic and flawless look. I can't stop looking at those boots! 😍 Looking beautiful as always Gabrielle!

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  69. Such a beautiful outfit! Love your hair xx

    Blessings,
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  70. omg I love the photos and the outfit!!
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  71. I might have to buy that dress, Gabrielle- it's gorgeous! I love shirts with shirt hems like that! The photos are shot gorgeously!

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  72. This dress is so cute!
    I used to be a huge fan of navy. I mean, I still like it, but in the past it was like the only shade I'd wear, LOL!
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  73. Girl I'm absolutely NOT over that bag, its just so, so dreamy! I'm also a HUGE fan of navy, it's so classic and sophisticated! Looking babe'in as always! x

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  74. Beautiful photos! You look lovely Gabrielle! :) xx

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  75. Oh I love your shoes! Neutrals are always classic and you can never go wrong. You look great and I really love the outfit.

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  76. Such a cute look and setting! I always adore your fashion photos because they are always so unique. There's always a little somethin' extra like a background shot or close up. I love it! Hope you had a great New Year lady. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  77. I know I probably well behind the times, but where did you get those boots?! They are beautiful.

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    1. Hey Elle! The boots are from Lost Ink, purchased at House of Fraser (also available at Very online). They're now out of stock, though hopefully they'll become available again for you!

      Gabrielle x

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  78. I think I've been really into pale, blush tones. Do they count as neutrals?
    Beautiful pictures Gabrielle, my favorite is the portrait with the hand touching your face.
    Have a great week ahead darling!
    Cheers,
    T.
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  79. This is such a beautiful look, the boots are amazing. I usually don't do all neutrals but when I do it is gray and black.

    Deedee

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  80. So awesome! Love everything about this look!
    Much love, Hadasah
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