May 7, 2012

Ram Runway: Neutral Is The Way To Go

The fashion world is all about trends.  What’s hot on the runway each season is usually what indicates what's hot on the streets and in the closets of all fashion-goers. Trends are what fashion lovers follow. They are the hip, popular and up-and-coming movements that occur in fashion each season. Trends are constantly shifting and shaping the way we dress everyday. Many trends re-emerge over time and seem to flow in a cyclical pattern. Trends that were popular back in the 80‘s such as neon, strong shoulders and kitten heels are popular again now. One trend that has been popular for decades due to the ease of incorporating it into wardrobes and the instant chicness of it, is neutrals. The fashion sphere has recently been seeing a big increase in the use of neutrals on the runways, streets and in the wardrobes of fashionistas everywhere.

Neutrals are a trend that never goes out of style. They are extremely easy to wear and go with any and everything else in your closet. It is always fun to pair neutrals with vibrant colored pieces and it would be hard to always stay fashionable without these neutral items to balance out the rest of our clothing. Take a cue from Rizzi, a junior at Rose Hill, who sported an entire ensemble of neutral pieces that flowed miraculously together and made for the perfect neutral attire. Black leggings paired with layers consisting of a black and white print top, tan sweater and beige military style jacket helped her achieve the neutral look completely on point. Strutting around in gold zip-up black leather boots and a black leather carry-all bag, Rizzi embodied the epitome of neutral chic.

With an ensemble such as Rizzi’s, color is not needed because there are many shades of neutrals and layers present. I think the key to nailing the natural look is layering. You want to avoid pairing very simple neutrals with each other to prevent from looking boring or drab but layer and add in a print like Rizzi did and style up with fun accessories or embellishments. Rizzi added layers of funky necklaces to do just that. Word of advice: embrace neutrals and do not be afraid to take a chance with them. I think people may be afraid they are going to look boring or unfashionable, but as Rizzi proves, neutrals can go a long way and make for an awesome chic ensemble.

Alex is currently a sophomore at Fordham University and is a Communications and Media Studies major. Alex is completely enticed with the fashion world and living in New York City has only inspired her more to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She is greatly influenced by photographing and documenting street style and keeping tabs on the happenings of the fashion industry locally and globally. 

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