In the past few months, lots of cool brunettes have been discovering – and often celebrating – the un-pigmented strands of hair they have long been coloring over.   If you are one with this wonderfully mixed hair color, consider shifting your Key Neutral to taupe ( a grayed brown … or a brown-y gray, whichever way you want to think of it).  Taupe is a sophisticated, complex, Armani-type neutral that looks great on women with color patterns like this: taupe women

The first step in transitioning your wardrobe is buying  or sewing a Core Four grouping in Taupe.  Finding it in ready-to-wear can be hard  – try Chicos or j.jill and check back monthly until it shows up.  Sewing can be a lot easier. Our fabulous Ponte knit comes in both Light Taupe and Mid Taupe and is the perfect weight for an season-spanning core group.  Happy to send you color samples – just use the contact form to request them, and remember to include your address.

A Core Four consists of 2 different bottoms, and under-layer top and a jacket or cardigan over-layer.  You can see an example in navy HERE.  That starter set lets you build countless outfits just by mixing with contrast color under-layer and over-layers.

Taupe core pieces are likely to work fairly well with the accent that are already in your wardrobe.  But they are mountain-top with equally complex, dusty accent colors like these:

The color-related accessories with silver or silver/gold mixed metal details add sophistication and congruence to the subtle colors of these outfits.
NOTE: These garments  are from an online fashion collage site, chosen to illustrate this  concept, not to recommend specific items.
Find extensive details about color selection and wardrobe development in LOOKING GOOD … Every Day.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.

4 Comments

  1. anne JEWELL on July 6, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    NANCY–THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS POST. I AM A BROWNETTE BEGINNING TO SHOW GRAY STREAKS AND HAVE NO INTEREST IN HAIR DYE. I WOULD NEVER HAVE THOUGHT OF TAUPE FOR MY NEUTRAL BUT NOW CAN PICTURE IT AS A NICE ADDITION TO MY RATHER COOL-TONED WARDROBE.–ANNE

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 7, 2020 at 7:29 am

      Taupe is such a magic – and often overlooked – color for women with cool coloring that is getting softer. You should check out our ST Ponte fabric in Mid Taupe and Light Taupe. It is the perfect choice for those wardrobe basics that coordinate back to all your accent colors. If you want to use the CONTACT form on this site to send me your mailing address I’m happy to send you color samples.

  2. Linda on July 7, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Nancy I appreciate this post. All of the women shown appear to be “summer” types with lighter eyes and skin. My eyes are dark brown, my young hair was medium brown, and my skin is a bit darker but not really olive. I have been “natural” dark gray for many years and I feel taupe washes me out — I do better in gray or deeper colors. Maybe you could show an example of someone with deeper coloring in another post. Thank you.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on July 11, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Linda. The beauty of our personalized color work it that it can adapt to the countless variations in women’s coloring. A post like this can only speak in generalities for various general color patterns. Of course we’re happy to “share the love” by featuring different looks – so keep an eye out for more in coming weeks.

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