Despite experimenting with bright colours and bold patterns over the years, I always come right back round to neutral tones for my fashion choices. As well as complimenting my indian skin tone, I’m all for the ease they provide when it comes to mixing and matching individual pieces. It’s proved a great way to begin building my signature wardrobe and invest in timeless pieces that work at every age; regardless of the latest trends.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PRIYANCA PATEL
DATE 11TH APRIL 2021
Being 5ft on the dot, it’s clear to see I have a petite frame. So wearing bright colours, big patterns and heavy fabrics isn’t really an option for me – I feel like they tend to drown me out and depending on the shade, don’t always compliment my brown skin tone. And though I do lace the odd bold piece through my otherwise neutral wardrobe, I find the versatility of minimalist pieces much easier to style together seamlessly and layer effortlessly. From creamy whites to dark blacks and all the beige browns in-between, neutral outfits tend to be my go-to. Especially monochromatic outfits; layering the same shade in various textures always looks super chic to me. I wasn’t always a fan of layering, mostly because I never quite got it right. But plenty of practice and taking the time to understand my own figure has helped over the years. And learning to show a little skin has also contributed greatly to completing these outfits. From a deeper neckline to rolled up sleeves, a sliver of skin breaks up all the heavy layers for a little added sexiness too.
THE BEAUTY OF NEUTRAL
“Styling bright colours & bold prints on my petite frame is not always an option as they tend to drown me out. Neutral palettes allow me to create, layer and accessorise my looks for maximalist style with minimalist tones”
And the second way I add interest to an otherwise plain look, are the accessories. While my outfit may be simple I adore statement accessories to bring a little boldness to it all. Belts are especially useful on a smaller figure to cinch in the waist and create some shape as layers of fabric can drown a petite figure. I also adore statement heels on looks like this one. As well as bringing me a little bit of height to elongate my figure, they add pockets of patterns and textures to break up the mono-tonality of this whole outfit.