Part 4 of 4 in a Series on Spring Trends

I am still rather new to the neutrals party. For many years neutral to me was black. In the past few years I have expanded into greys (loving charcoal grey) and olive green. I am still not someone who wears a lot of browns, tans or creams. But I am learning to appreciate how well they mix with my favourite bold colours.

Neutrals need not be boring. To me the glory in a neutral is in the details - shear elements, unique drapes, asymmetrical hems all bring depth to neutrals. They also work well when you mix different textures together.

As spring progresses the hot topics are often the cute dresses and strappy sandals after a long winter under layers. But spring, and even summer nights, sometimes require a light layer on top. This Vancouver handknit Cecil Benac cotton/linen sweater in latte ($175) would make a great cover over another neutral or with a bold red.

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The asymmetrical hem and cowl neck are great details that also look very comfortable on this grey organic bamboo tunic top from Vancouver designer Diane Kennedy ($145).


The drape of this silk Inspire Dress by Nicole Bridger ($288) in cream, and THE pockets, make it an easy option for all sorts of occasions this summer.  It is also available in a light grey neutral option (called Solstice on the website).

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Another dress option is this Symmetry Dress from WE3 ($194)  has a draped panel in the front, which provides a unique detail, while also camouflaging your tummy. It also elongates your proportions as it extends below the hem.  The shadow colour shown is currently sold out, but it is also available in a lovely light grey colour.


Finally, neutrals don't have to be worn as solids, they do mix well with others. In this Paola Joy dress ($365) there is a mix of grey, black, green and cream with a bold touch of neon. The dress is available at Toni + stores or their boutique in The Bay Downtown Vancouver.


This spring I will likely continue to get lots of mileage out of my 5 year old Olive Green cotton safari jacket from Addition Elle.  What neutrals will you be wearing this summer?

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