FASHION TIPS: Kildare stylist Arlene Costello on 5 ways to wear the 50 shades of beige trend

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Arlene Costello


Arlene Costello


FASHION TIPS: Kildare stylist Arlene Costello on 5 ways to wear the 50 shades of beige trend

FASHION TIPS: 5 ways to wear the 50 shades of beige trend

We have teamed up with Kildare fashion and lifestyle blogger Arlene Costello from The Style Flamingos to bring Leinster Leader readers the latest from the world of style every week.

There is something classic and elegant about including a monochromatic colour scheme into your outfit. The '50 shades of beige' trend is huge for spring/summer 2019 fashion and includes lots of soft muted colours including white, cream, taupe and caramel tones.

We see designers like Chloe and Burberry showcasing this trend on the catwalk! So safe to say we will all be wearing these desert shades if we want to dress designer-esque and look effortlessly put together!

A classic hue in your outfit will always be timeless – it is so chic and rich. Lots of celebrities like Holly Willoughby, Kourtney Kardashian and Hailey Bieber are jumping on this trend and looking stunning doing it. Simple styles do not have to be boring – you can always add a statement coat to make your outfit stand out. Why not take some style inspiration from Hailey
Bieber in her beautiful check coat?

Use of these neutral shades can really help to streamline your outfit and give you a very aesthetically pleasing look! So here are 5 ways you can add one of 2019’s biggest trends to your wardrobe:

1. A Coat

Why not add a classic coat to your collection? A good coat is a staple piece that gives that finishing touch to your outfit. Choose a long line or midi length for a sophisticated look or a long line oversized blazer for a more relaxed look. Never underestimate the effect of good outerwear! I adore the camel tone and tortoiseshell buttons of this androgynous style coat.

Head over to my Instagram @thestyleflamingos to see me wearing this with lots of different outfits!

You could also opt for a classic mac or short wool coat – chose something that will fit practically in your wardrobe. A good coat is something that you can have for years!

2. Handbags

You could add neutral or beige tones into your accessories like your handbag. A nude handbag is so chic and will go with absolutely everything. So even if you go for a designer piece by choosing a timeless colour you will definitely get your price per wear - well this is how I will justify it in my head anyway! This designer inspired nude bag is a nice cross body option.

So below, I have styled a beige polo with a check skirt bringing a hint of greens and browns into the outfit, I then kept my shoes and handbag muted by selecting nude tones. I have had this cream Jasper Conran coat for years and every winter I pull it out. I think when we choose a simple style and basic shades we will re-wear it so much – so actually investing in some good coats and bags can make for excellent wardrobe decisions!

3. Knitwear

I for one love cosy knitwear in winter and when I found this beautiful bobble knit I was sold. Head over to my Instagram to find out where this one is from – love that it’s so affordable! Style with a tan leather skirt or cream skinny jeans and you are right on trend! Having neutral basics means that your pieces are versatile so you can add a pair of skinny jeans, a pair of
chinos, a mini or midi skirt and you have a number of different looks with one piece!

Add some gold or rose gold tones into your jewellery to give that extra dimension to your outfit!

4. Footwear

Neutral shades of footwear are just fantastic to have in your wardrobe. Like who doesn’t own black shoes or boots? So perhaps beige is the new black?! We all want to add some beige or nude footwear to our collection. As you all know a nude court shoe will not only elongate your legs but gives the illusion of slimmer legs too. It’s the colour and style that do all the talking!

I love these nude boots I bought before Christmas and I am wearing them a lot with blue skinny jeans and all of my skirts. Opt for neutral tones to get more wear out of all of your pieces.

5. A Statement Skirt

To make an outfit pop while wearing a monochromatic palette you could always add a statement print skirt. Maybe opt for animal print as suggested in last week’s article ‘How to Wear Animal Print’ or something like this Versace inspired print! As everything else is muted it allows the skirt to really stand out!

There are so many fab midi skirts in stores now so there are many options I will post some over on my Instagram later today!

You will probably notice that in most of my photographs I am wearing the same boots, so you can wear one item in endless ways! So when you are shopping just ask yourself, how many different ways can I wear this? If the answer is only in limited ways then think about why you are buying it.

Change the way you think of your items – styling them up and down can be so much fun! So this week I ask you to wear one item that you own, at least twice, but in two different ways - you will enjoy getting creative and utilising your wardrobe in the best possible way!

Neutral tones and basic items are the best things to start building a capsule wardrobe.

Come back next week for some more fashion tips, but in the meantime, you can visit my blog for some neutral suggestions or pop over to my Instagram @thestyleflamingos for my styling tips and tricks.