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July 23, 2014

Transitional Neutrals: A Sophisticated Option for an Evening Out

Whether we are heading out for a casual dinner or to a more formal evening function, the color black usually pops in our minds – black suit, black shirt, dark jeans. This summer, pale greys and sands can start popping into your thoughts, instead. Suits, ties, sport shirts, pants, and more…let’s talk about how to make them work for you. You don’t need to wear a dark color to feel appropriate and look great when you’re dressing up. And some of these pieces will transition effortlessly into fall.
Check back tomorrow to see this color story work seamlessly in to our casual wardrobes. And let us know what you think in the comments below. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER<>folder_id=2534374306424607&PRODUCT<>prd_id=845524446696668
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J. Lindeberg - Donnie Soft Washed Oxford Blazer
Donnie Soft Washed Oxford Blazer
J. Lindeberg
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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This contemporary fit washed cotton blazer from J.Lindeberg will be a staple in your after 5 wardrobe. The light grey color wears very well with blues, whites and contrasting shades of grey. Dress it up with a white shirt and tie or dress it down with a t-shirt or casual sport shirt. While Saks has photographed it with shorts, we recommend stone or medium to darker grey twill pants (or jeans) for a more sophisticated, timeless look.


http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306607796&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446670469 Canali - Gingham-Print Linen Sportshirt
Canali - Gingham-Print Linen Sportshirt
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Canali - Gingham-Print Linen Sportshirt
Gingham-Print Linen Sportshirt
Canali
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Wow, this shirt is getting some heavy-duty praise around the office. The neutral soft grey gingham check from Canali creates the ultimate shirt for a night out, not to mention the soft Italian linen fabric (which we just did). Wear it with a darker grey flat front linen pant or lightweight wool trousers for a dressed up look or with cotton twill pants or dark washed jeans for a more casual outfit.

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/hugo-elisha-print-sport-shirt-slim-fit?ID=1039079 HUGO by Hugo Boss - Elisha Print Sport Shirt
HUGO by Hugo Boss - Elisha Print Sport Shirt
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HUGO by Hugo Boss - Elisha Print Sport Shirt
Elisha Print Sport Shirt
HUGO by Hugo Boss
Sold by: Bloomingdale's

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At first glance, it looks like we’re showing you a nice light grey shirt, right? Well, get in there and take a closer look (click through the “shop it” button). It’s actually a white shirt with a very subtle, but cool, black dot pattern. This Hugo Boss shirt ends up reading like a neutral pale grey, and it’s everything but boring. Wear this contemporary fitting shirt with grey, tan and navy suits or sport coats. Perfect with jeans for a more casual after 5 event.
http://www.agjeans.com/the-slim-khaki-limestone/d/4019 AG Jeans - The Slim Khaki Pants
AG Jeans - The Slim Khaki Pants
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AG Jeans - The Slim Khaki Pants
The Slim Khaki Pants
AG Jeans
Sold by: AG Jeans

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This flat front cotton twill pant from AG Jeans in light grey takes you from the office to your casual after 5 events in style. The narrower leg and trimmer fit gives this pant a decidedly modern look, without being too fitted. The neutral color goes with most everything. And most importantly, the washed fabric makes it so comfortable. It is one of our favorites.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sweaters/cotton/PRDOVR~A7587/A7587.jsp J.Crew - Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan
J.Crew - Cotton Shawl-Collar Cardigan
This is a great sweater for the cool evenings at the end of the summer or an easy dinner out. J.Crew illustrates the colors we’re talking about this week perfectly, in pairing this sand colored cotton sweater with a grey t-shirt. The shawl collar style also easily works with a patterned sport shirt, too. And, of course, anything from your favorite jeans to pale grey cotton trousers will look great with it.
http://www.agjeans.com/the-protg-mudd/d/9188 AG Jeans - The Protégé Jeans
AG Jeans - The Protégé Jeans
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AG Jeans - The Protégé Jeans
The Protégé Jeans
AG Jeans
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From AG Jeans, these putty color 5-pocket sueded cotton jeans work with everything. We mean it. Everything. Pair it with a pattern sport shirt for a night out. Add a sport coat to dress it up. Throw on a t-shirt and sweatshirt for an evening by the lake. And this color, a slightly deeper shade of sand, is as easy as they come. The Protégé model is a straight leg traditional fit that accommodates most body types, too. Did we mention they're super soft? Add that to the list of pro's.

http://www.jmclaughlin.com/catalog/product/view/id/23132/s/gramercy-linen-soft-point-collar-in-white/category/127/ J. McLaughlin - Gramercy Linen Soft Point Collar Shirt
J. McLaughlin - Gramercy Linen Soft Point Collar Shirt
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J. McLaughlin - Gramercy Linen Soft Point Collar Shirt
Gramercy Linen Soft Point Collar Shirt
J. McLaughlin
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A solid white linen shirt is a summer must for a night out. For a dressier, polished look, pair it with tan or grey flat front linen trousers. For more casual needs, wear it with jeans. If you are going to an event where shorts are appropriate, wear this with your solid tan linen or patterned shorts.

http://www.jmclaughlin.com/men/the-providence-pant-in-grey.html J. McLaughlin - The Providence Pant
J. McLaughlin - The Providence Pant
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J. McLaughlin - The Providence Pant
The Providence Pant
J. McLaughlin
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Some readers may be noticing a squiggle in this picture. When you look closer, you’ll see these pants are actually made of a cotton pincord in a narrow white/grey stripe. So subtly dapper. They are a great pair of pants that can be worn to the office on a casual day when you are heading out for drinks al fresco later, enjoying all you can of those summer days. Not only are they comfortable on those warm weather days but the soft grey neutral shade is a wonderful match for a seasonal white, cream, blue or soft pink shirt, and a blue, grey or cement color cotton or linen blazer.
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/cole-haan-lunargrand-mesh-chukka-boots?ID=1056518 Cole Haan - Lunargrand Mesh Chukka Boots
Cole Haan - Lunargrand Mesh Chukka Boots
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Cole Haan - Lunargrand Mesh Chukka Boots
Lunargrand Mesh Chukka Boots
Cole Haan
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Pale sands and greys work in shoes, too, and this one is done so well. This tan mesh update of a classic chukka boot from Cole Haan can be your fashionable shoe for the rest of the season. It can be dressy enough for a cotton suit and a casual enough for your twill pants and jeans. The classic red sole and Nike Lunarlon technology adds just the touch of style and comfort we all look for.

 

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