By definition, a neutral is something that lacks color like white, grey and khaki tones. These colors normally pair well with a variety of other colors. The latter statement is the major key!
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If you’re on the path to being a mix-print master, you’ll need to add a striped shirt to your arsenal. The striped shirt is the new neutral when it comes to creating looks with statement and printed pieces.
Here are a few times (like 6) where I incorporated a striped shirt into my look:
The striped shirt plays very well with other prints and patterns without overpowering the entire look. As you can see, the striped shirts that I have featured over the years on The Werk! Place are a subtle stripe pairing. One shirt is grey and white and the other navy blue and white.
Primary color striping would be too disruptive. So, keep that in mind when selecting your ‘new neutral’ striped shirt. It’s a safe bet to focus on neutral color pairings like off-white/khaki, white/grey, and beige/white.
I’ve found that for the neutral pairing partnership, the smaller the stripe the better. When you get into larger stripes, that shirt becomes more of the statement piece instead of just the trusty side kick. And there’s nothing wrong with being a side kick! Every super hero had one.