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July 22, 2014

Transitional Neutrals: The Ideal ‘Non-Color' Story for Work

If we look at our work wardrobes, it’s not usually a surprise to see a lot of neutrals – black, brown, navy, grey, stone, khaki. This season, though, those soft neutrals really play an important part in how we are dressing, from a style perspective, too. They aren’t just the background color to what we are wearing – they are the center of it. The emphasis is on the pale sands and soft greys of summer. They look great on their own, with whites, and of course bolder colors. And many pieces in these colors easily transition into fall, as this color story continues in importance.
Check back tomorrow for our after 5 picks, and Thursday for our favorite casual pieces and let us know what you think in the comments below. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-huge-genius-trim-fit-windowpane-suit-online-only/3722878
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Windowpane Suit
Huge/Genius Trim Fit Windowpane Suit
BOSS Hugo Boss
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This contemporary fit soft grey wool suit with a subtle windowpane overlay from Hugo Boss is a great example of the importance of neutral colors. Add a white or soft blue dress shirt and a tie and you have a sophisticated outfit that will take you from the boardroom to a 5-star restaurant.



http://www.eastdane.com/suitings-blazer-vince/vp/v=1/1538056502.htm Vince - Suiting Blazer
Vince - Suiting Blazer
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Vince - Suiting Blazer
Suiting Blazer
Vince
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This contemporary fit tan cotton blazer and matching trousers from Vince is the ultimate office neutral. Wear it as a suit with a white shirt – tie optional – for a sophisticated workday look. You can also use the jacket as a separate sport coat with jeans for a more casual office or after 5 outfit. Wear the pants with solid or pattern sport shirt for another office option. And you are not going to beat this sale price.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_feature/TheLudlowShop/Lightweight/PRDOVR~25269/99101980648/25269.jsp J.Crew - Ludlow Suit Jacket
J.Crew - Ludlow Suit Jacket
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J.Crew - Ludlow Suit Jacket
Ludlow Suit Jacket
J.Crew
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As we said, a khaki color linen suit is the ultimate in sophisticated summer dressing. We also like this linen one from J.Crew for its modern and trim fit, authentic Irish fabric, and very friendly price. Wear it with a crisp white shirt and summer tie. You can leave the jacket at home and wear the trousers with a white or blue linen sport shirt, or a patterned shirt for a great office look.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/santorelli-flat-front-travel-trousers/3692069 Santorelli - Flat Front Travel Trousers
Santorelli - Flat Front Travel Trousers
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Santorelli - Flat Front Travel Trousers
Flat Front Travel Trousers
Santorelli
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A neutral wool pair of dress trousers are a useful and necessary addition to your work wardrobe. We like this version from Santorelli, since it is lightweight enough to be worn in the summer, but heavy enough for the rest of the year, too. The color works as great companion piece to white, off white and the bolder colors of summer. Wear it with a pattern sport coat or a summer check shirt for a polished office outfit.


http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446693608 Rag & Bone - Mason Cotton Jacket
Rag & Bone - Mason Cotton Jacket
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Rag & Bone - Mason Cotton Jacket
Mason Cotton Jacket
Rag & Bone
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For a casual office setting, this contemporary fit field jacket from Rag & Bone works as a blazer substitute. This has a really cool shirt-tail hem, so it looks great over an untucked sport shirt. It’s trim fit (but not too trim – take your normal size) that creates a neat silhouette for the office, even with jeans or flat front khaki’s.


http://www.mrporter.com/mens/hartford/garment-dyed-cotton-shirt/460455 Hartford - Garment-Dyed Cotton Shirt
Hartford - Garment-Dyed Cotton Shirt
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Hartford - Garment-Dyed Cotton Shirt
Garment-Dyed Cotton Shirt
Hartford
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If you are looking for a solid shirt for casual office days, this modern fit linen shirt in a soft grey from Harford looks great under a casual sport coat or on its own. You can wear it with a stone or off-white pair of twill pants now and transition to medium and dark wash jeans as summer turns to fall. Hartford is known for its quality and attention to detail. This is a special shirt you will enjoy for years.

https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shirts/thomasmasonfshirts/PRDOVR~02230/02230.jsp Thomas Mason® for J.Crew - Slim Thomas Mason® for J.Crew button-down shirt
Thomas Mason® for J.Crew - Slim Thomas Mason® for J.Crew button-down shirt
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Thomas Mason® for J.Crew - Slim Thomas Mason® for J.Crew button-down shirt
Slim Thomas Mason® for J.Crew button-down shirt
Thomas Mason® for J.Crew
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As you know from previous posts, we love Thomas Mason fabrics. This contemporary fitting white shirt from the J.Crew Thomas Mason Collection is the ultimate neutral –a perfect summer color that works with your suits, sport coats, linen and cotton pants -especially, the neutral greys and tans we’re talking about this week.
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/eton-glen-plaid-wide-check-dress-shirt-contemporary-fit?ID=991490 Eton - Glen Plaid Wide Check Dress Shirt
Eton - Glen Plaid Wide Check Dress Shirt
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Eton - Glen Plaid Wide Check Dress Shirt
Glen Plaid Wide Check Dress Shirt
Eton
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As we mentioned, the soft greys and tans we’re talking about this week pair really well with color. And a neutral suit gets a great pop when you do so. That’s why we really like this glen check contemporary fitting shirt from Eton, one of the world’s finest shirt makers. The soft blue is just the right amount of color. Wear with or without a tie.
http://www.zappos.com/to-boot-new-york-aidan-brown-alameda To Boot New York - Aidan
To Boot New York - Aidan
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To Boot New York - Aidan
Aidan
To Boot New York
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A light brown dress shoe should also be a part of your summer wardrobe. We like this updated cap toe oxford from To Boot New York. Pair it with your tan, grey and navy suits for a sophisticated look.


 

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