How All The Neutrals Play Together: Visible Monday

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All the neutrals play together.  That’s why they call it a neutral, right? But for much of my style life, I’ve been shy to mix brown with navy with black. I’ve since discovered that they do complement each other and make an outfit more inviting.

Welcome to Visible Monday. If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Link back to Not Dead Yet Style if you like – we’re on Easy Does It “rules” now!

It’s downright cold today by Florida standards (high of 62 degrees!) and a fine opportunity to wear some layers. I love all these pieces separately AND together. They’re all neutrals, but not boring ones. The silhouette is long and lean, another of my style favorites. The black drop-crotch trousers that look like a skirt were found in a boutique in Soho, while shopping with my friend Ali, of My Makeover Mission. She knows ALL the cool places to shop.

The vintage fringe necklace is a gift from my friend Bryan. The hair, in soft silver, is from Gabor.

I layered a zebra(?) brown-and-cream thrifted sweater over a plain black GAP Body tee, also thrifted. The slim-cut black leather jacket is second-hand, too, found in Vancouver’s My Sister’s Closet, and picked for me by the fabulous Suzanne (go see her Etsy shop, asap!).

It’s hard to see here, but the combat-style boots are deep navy, by Sofft. They have a 2″ heel and are super comfortable.

Are you feeling the neutrals or are you colorful today? Show us in the link-up.

Now, let’s see what’s in your closet, Visible Women.The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple:

    1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
    2. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button “Add Your Link”. It should open a new page.
    3. In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!
    4. Visit a few other bloggers, to make new friends and increase your own following.

Looking for your signature style? My good friend and super-stylist Sylvia is offering a FREE Style Challenge, starting Monday January 14th! Click here for the details.

Stay fabulous and wear what you love, xo

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    • thank you, Judith. And thanks for sharing your article in 5280 magazine – how stunning! xox

  1. I love that you get to wear that awesome leather jacket Suzanne spotted for you. You are looking mighty groovy. You’ve got the neutrals under control. Thanks for hosting. Good to be back.

    • I could only dream to be as groovy as you and Sherry! Thanks for coming by – the day I bought the leather jacket was one of those peak days we all need more of, xoxo

  2. First of all, I love what you’ve done with your hair! Or is that another wig? Either way, it’s fabulous!!! Loving the neutral layers as well. Super chic.

    • Thanks, Daenel – it’s a wig! And thanks for coming by; have a wonderful day, xox.

  3. So true Patti, those neutrals work so well together. I do like a dropped crotch pants that looks like a skirt . As usual you find some great thrift shop buys. Many thanks for hosting.

    • Hi Jill! I think I first saw this kind of trouser on you! Love your warm weather easy-dress, and your adorable doggie. xox

  4. I’m totally into neutrals lately—I think I needed a visual palette cleanser after the holidays. I just got a navy sweater from COS and had no idea what to wear with it, but I think I’ll try it with black. Thanks for the idea!
    Cheryl Shops |

  5. Fab combination! Right up my street the whole look. Love the leather jacket. You are inspiring me to have a good look around the thrift or 2nd hand shops in my area. i have a friend who always seems to find something fantastic and interesting.
    Alison xxx

  6. You could have fooled me into thinking that was a skirt you are wearing! I’m loving this edgy outfit, with its zebra sweater, amazing leather jacket and combat style boots! xxx

    • Thank you Jacqui. Your royal blue dress is a stunner! And I hope your ski trip is a blast. xox

    • Thank you dear Jess! How gorgeous are you in mustard with gray – and that brooch is truly beautiful. xox

    • Thanks, Julie – stay warm! I’ve been watching M Kondo’s show too and have learned a few tricks. xox

  7. Adding another colour in the same tone range just lifts it, looks great. Where do the ‘rules’ about mixing black/navy/brown come from?! Rules are made to be broken (only in fashion, I definitely ‘keep off the grass’ , ‘do not touch’ etc.) x

    • Thank you Porcelina. You and Chis are stylish and chic, exploring London’s shops! xox

  8. One of my favorite combinations is taupe/tan with black. Beige and black also. Think of those Chanel spectator flats.
    I have been known to mix beige/khaki and white as well.
    Navy not so much. It’s always a slightly different shade so it’s hard to wear together–one will look more blue and the other almost purple when put side by side. I just avoid it. Life is complicated enough and so I stick to black.

    • I feel you, sticking to your black-plus combinations sounds like an optimum mix, along with beige + white. Thanks for coming by and sharing your ideas! xox

  9. These are great formulas. I love the comfy dress one, but they’re all good. It’s nice to be able to default to an easy look when you’re not in the mood to “get dressed up.”

    Thanks so much for hosting, Patti!

    • Thanks for coming over and linking up, S! You’re right – we can’t be peacocks every day : > xox

    • Thanks Suzanne – and yeah, wasn’t that a fun shopping day! Have a groovy, happy day. xox

    • Hi Yvonne and thanks for linking up. I enjoyed your post about how just a few key pieces can revive a wardrobe! xox

  10. Blue, black and white look great together. The zebra print is so cool with this look. Fashion forward and unexpected nevertheless. You look fabulous! Thanks for hosting the party!

    • My pleasure, Nicole, and it is always great to see you! Have a lovely week ahead, xox.

  11. Love the chic layering with the black , navy and zebra print . A fun and expressive mix, and an outfit With perfect versatility.
    Happy New week.
    I am wearing neutrals this week.. or a neutral as I get. Lol,
    Sofft shoes are so comfy!

  12. Thank you Patti for hosting this link-up and for always reminding me about it every Sunday! I love the little flip up of your shirt from the wind in the second photo! Clothes have their own personalities don’t they? Have a happy week!

    • Hi Julia! Yeah, clothes plus a breeze can create a new look. Love your mix of floral and stripes. xox

  13. What a wonderful, effortless look, Patti! Your hair is pure retro glamour. : )

    I’m discovering that animal prints are one of the “new” neutrals so earlier this week I paired a leopard print body stocking with black wool, wide leg trousers, a short camel color jacket and brown, lace up boots and felt quite good about myself and neutrals. I was always on the fence about wearing brown and black together in the same ensemble but it worked out just fine.

    • Your outfit sounds fabulous, Cee. I adore wide-leg trousers with boots! Thanks for coming by, xox

    • thanks Becky. I love it that you’re wearing your mom’s jewelry. And best words of the day: not perfect but good. xox

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