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Back to basics - neutrals

When you get your colour analysis, the emphasis can be very much on the colours. Leaf green, cobalt blue, raspberry red, mustard yellow and a host of others; all the colours in your palette can somewhat steal the show from the more sedate dove greys, chocolate browns and navy blues.

However, when it comes to real life (that bit that happens after you leave the stylist's studio with the realisation that only three things in your wardrobe work for you), the neutrals in your palette will take on new importance. Whether your neutrals are merely the background to your beloved new brights or form the main even in themselves, getting them right will bring your look to life.

As with the brights, the neutrals for each colour palette are different and distinct, and understanding which ones work for you is key to getting your entire palette right. If you've had a colour analysis, just click on the link below to find out more about the neutrals for your season. And if you haven't had a colour analysis (or taken our fun quiz to give you some ideas), read on to find out the best universal neutrals that will go with a range of brights.

If you haven't had a colour analysis, I'll wager that quite a lot of your wardrobe is either black, or perhaps grey marl, with plenty of white basics. Believe it or not, even though these are the most readily available neutral colours on the high street, there are better options out there for the vast majority of us.

Items shown: Camisole in Navy, Cara V Neck in Navy, Silky Roll Neck in Navy, Mid Cascade in Navy, Knee Length Ruched Skirt in Navy, Marie Trousers in Dark Navy

Items shown: Linen Asymmetric Top in Silver Birch, Faux Wrap Long Sleeve in Soft Grey, Faux Wrap Cap Sleeve in Light Dove Grey, Milan Knit Cardigan in Light Silver, Short Ruched Skirt in Pebble Grey, Weekend Skirt in Light Dove Grey

Items shown: Silky Tee in Soft White, Silky Scoop Neck in Soft White, Long Vest Top in Soft White, Milan Knit Crossover in Cream, Cotton Jersey Shirt in Soft White, Sasha Belted Cardi in Oyster Marl

Items shown: Florence Infinity Scarf in Mink, Sleeveless Cowl in Rose Taupe, Diane Swing Top in Mole, Sleeveless Cowl in Mink, Marie Trousers in Stone, Jersey Maxi Skirt in Mole

Sameera Hartsough on Nov 10, 2017 1:50 PM

Sorry, much as I like a lot of what I see on Kettlewell, I really miss black and charcoal as the most versatile neutrals and wish you offered more basics (t shirt tops, cardigans) in it.

Fiona on Aug 29, 2017 8:12 PM

Still not many items in grey. Such a shame.

Fiona on Aug 19, 2017 10:09 AM

Would love some greys but not much available. Will you be introducing some more in all sizes?

Barbara Hall on Mar 25, 2017 3:49 PM

These detailed blogs are always brilliant- full of relevant info and examples. This is the way to get doubters away from black.

Chrissie on Mar 24, 2017 12:28 PM

A year ago I had a colour analysis, then went mad buying everything in my wow colours. Now I want a more classy look within my Summer palette and here's how to achieve it - gorgeous neutrals. I'm already a fan of charcoal grey, mole, rose taupe and pebble grey and am now trying mink. Navy is a winner. Keep the neutrals coming please Kettlewell!

Judith Drummond on Mar 22, 2017 4:20 PM

I love teal but have often find that after washing garments for some time they start to look "grubby" - the vibrancy seems to disappear somehow even using a hand wash liquid or colour safe washing powder.