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July 23, 2014

Soft Transitional Neutrals: Sophisticated Options 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 – little black dress, slinky black top, dark jeans. This summer, pale greys and sands should pop into your thoughts, too. You can take those same silhouettes you adore, and they will look instantly fresh and summery when you lighten up the color palette. There is a level of quiet confidence that comes from a woman in a pale grey or soft sand dressier outfit. And even more so when these colors are worn in styles that will transition to cooler weather, since pale colors are then less expected. You don’t need to wear a dark color to feel appropriate and look great when you’re dressing up.
Check back tomorrow to see this color story work seamlessly in to our casual wardrobes. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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Kay Unger - Jacquard Lace Dress
Jacquard Lace Dress
Kay Unger
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The perfect dress to tell the color story we’re highlighting this week – but more importantly, a beautiful dress that also uses texture to draw the eye and create some excitement. We do love the way Kay Unger has incorporated such soft, neutral colors to give interest, but still keep the dress so sophisticated. It is lined, so the lace panels will not be see-through, except toward the neckline. Pair it with nude or champagne peep-toe pumps if you don’t want to go with a strappy metallic, as shown. Either will work for any more formal occasion.

http://www.theory.com/bringam-articulate-top/E0802511,default,pd.html Theory - Bringam Top
Theory - Bringam Top
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Theory - Bringam Top
Bringam Top
Theory
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While this makes a beautiful top for work, and will easily work under a blazer (the box print is red and black, so it works with a black suit), this contemporary fitting Theory blouse takes on an equally sophisticated air when paired with these easy pull-on crop pants. Perfect for a casual, yet elegant, dinner out. The blouse is silk and easy fitting, in that its meant to just skim the body. You can tuck this top in, but it has a shirt tail hem that's a bit longer in the back, so we suggest wearing it out - another reason it's perfect with the coordinating pants. Wear a strappy gold or black sandal to complete this airy look.


http://www.shopbop.com/reema-dress-rachel-pally/vp/v=1/1515855486.htm Rachel Pally - Reema Dress
Rachel Pally - Reema Dress
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Rachel Pally - Reema Dress
Reema Dress
Rachel Pally
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This dress is versatile, not only in its pretty neutral color, but in its styling. The jersey fabric is seasonless, so you can wear it now with sandals and some great gold jewelry. Or, pair it with boots as the weather cools down. It just has such a cozy feeling that looks effortless for an easy night out - or a dinner party at home. This maxi dress has an elastic waist and wrap neckline, both of which flatter most body types, as Rachel Pally is known for her looser fit. As in the picture, we love adding a belt - the thinner one shown is great, or make a bit more of statement with a wider option.

http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=35124616 Club Monaco - Charmaine Silk Jacket
Club Monaco - Charmaine Silk Jacket
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Club Monaco - Charmaine Silk Jacket
Charmaine Silk Jacket
Club Monaco
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Club Monaco added a little sport to this jacket with elastic cuffs and a zipper. But the floral-printed silk fabric elevates it to a fabulous evening option. Dress up jeans and a tank by adding this jacket and a pair of great heels. Or give a little interest to your black trousers and sleeveless blouse. If you look closely, you’ll see the floral is made of all the white, tan, and grey neutrals we’ve been talking about, so it goes with a ton of things. You’ll get plenty of use out of this jackets now, in those air conditioned restaurants, and into fall.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446702838 Elie Tahari - Silk Studded-Detail Anna Blouse
Elie Tahari - Silk Studded-Detail Anna Blouse
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Elie Tahari - Silk Studded-Detail Anna Blouse
Silk Studded-Detail Anna Blouse
Elie Tahari
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This modern blouse from Elie Tahari has it all – but in a subtle, chic way. While this silk top does come in black, it’s the soft pumice that that we fell for because it shows off so much more of the intricate details – a drape back (so tucking or not isn't even a decision), and subtle studded detailing on the elongated cuffs of the sleeves, so you don’t need to add jewelry other than earrings. You need to do nothing more than add your favorite black trousers to complete this look.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Eileen-Fisher-Polished-Silk-Habutai-Top-Silk-Georgette-Wide-Leg-Pants/prod171400048_cat49450746__/p.prod Eileen Fisher - Silk Georgette Wide-Leg Pants
Eileen Fisher - Silk Georgette Wide-Leg Pants
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Eileen Fisher - Silk Georgette Wide-Leg Pants
Silk Georgette Wide-Leg Pants
Eileen Fisher
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This whole Eileen Fisher outfit speaks to us, though we especially love these wide leg silk georgette pants. The soft grey in this drapey, relaxed silhouette is amazing. They dress up to a variety of levels – pair with an easy blouse for a classic upscale dinner look, with a fun sleeveless style for drinks, or as is for an evening with friends.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446706273 Halston Heritage - Leather-Contrast Sleeveless Dress
Halston Heritage - Leather-Contrast Sleeveless Dress
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Halston Heritage - Leather-Contrast Sleeveless Dress
Leather-Contrast Sleeveless Dress
Halston Heritage
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The combination of easy jersey material with the luxe leather inserts is not only comfortable, but so subtly chic – especially in this tasteful stone color. And Halston Heritage continues to please by adding the twist of fabric at the waist – creating an hourglass shape, while concealing any little bumps in that area we’d rather keep to ourselves. This is a great look for a dinner to a daytime wedding. It’s even appropriate for a work function, since the jewel neckline does not dip low. And don’t worry about trying to match your shoes to the leather in the dress. A neutral nude shoe is great, but metallic or anything strappy will work as well.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306436591&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446702853 Elie Tahari - Silk Renee Blouse
Elie Tahari - Silk Renee Blouse
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Elie Tahari - Silk Renee Blouse
Silk Renee Blouse
Elie Tahari
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Another from Elie Tahari, who has really embraced this soft color palette this season. This silk blouse has such an easy fit, thanks to the pieced styling. The pearl colored panel hangs effortlessly over the stone. This looks wonderful with a pair of white silk pants or jeans, and of course anything grey works, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Diane-von-Furstenberg-Zarita-Lace-V-Back-Dress/prod155480032_cat13770760__/p.prod Diane von Furstenberg - Zarita Lace V-Back Dress
Diane von Furstenberg - Zarita Lace V-Back Dress
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Diane von Furstenberg - Zarita Lace V-Back Dress
Zarita Lace V-Back Dress
Diane von Furstenberg
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The Zarita dress, from DVF, has become a staple in the line thanks to the wonderful fit and stretchy lace. The sophistication of this nude color takes it to a whole new level. But what’s great about it is that this is a deeper nude, so it doesn’t wash you out or seem invisible. It reads almost like a color. The full zip in the back is the perfect finish to this dress that can work for anything from a dressier date night to a wedding or charity function.
http://www.shopbop.com/440-mini-embossed-lizard-diane/vp/v=1/1539889235.htm Diane von Furstenberg - 440 Lizard Embossed Mini Bag
Diane von Furstenberg - 440 Lizard Embossed Mini Bag
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Diane von Furstenberg - 440 Lizard Embossed Mini Bag
440 Lizard Embossed Mini Bag
Diane von Furstenberg
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This is a great little “going out” bag, when you want a smaller bag for dinner or drinks. This can be worn cross body, perfect for cocktail parties when you need to keep your hands free – or if you are going to do a little dancing.
http://www.zappos.com/badgley-mischka-hawthorne-anthracite-metallic Badgley Mischka - Hawthorne Shoes
Badgley Mischka - Hawthorne Shoes
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Badgley Mischka - Hawthorne Shoes
Hawthorne Shoes
Badgley Mischka
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OK, so this is a bit darker than the softer greys we’re highlighting this week, but we had to share it. It’s a great heel height, that you can actually walk in (well, it’s still a bit over 3 inches, but much more wearable than most dressy shoes out there today) and with a metallic finish, it works perfectly with all the softer greys and stones we’ve showing you today.
 

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