Mum on the Run – How to wear Neutrals. Mixing it up with lace, linen, broderie anglaise and sparkles

When it comes to neutrals, most of us tend to have plenty of them in our wardrobe. Whether it’s at the darker end of the spectrum – navy/black/dark grey or at the lighter end – cream/beige/white/soft grey (ie all the Farrow & Ball colours) it seems to be those colours that we find the least challenging, or more probably the safest, to wear.


There’s no denying that head to toe neutrals can look uber chic, especially if the textures are mixed up a little. However accent colour such as coral, turquoise, hot pink and lime green also work well, taking them down a slightly different road.


The lighter neutral colours will act as a higlighter, so place those where you are happy for the attention to be attracted – or conversely, it’s better not to put them on those areas with which you are less happy. A case in point being my trying on of the yellow skinnies yesterday. Whilst not exactly neutral, they were light enough to act as a highlighter in all the wrong places!




These are some of the pieces that I chose to take along to last week’s event. I mixed cotton, linen, lace and broderie anglaise, all in creams and whites or shades thereof, with a pretty sparkly top.



Along the top row left to right:


Zara linen biker jacket. I love the contrast sleeves on this and it looked great when put with a coral coloured statement necklace;


Coast pencil skirt. This is really pretty and is shot with a gold thread. Lovely for a wedding;


Zara beaded top – so pretty with beaten up jeans and flat sandals for the day or with fitted trousers and a blazer for an evening out. In fact it went really well under the Zara trouser suit that I showed you earlier in the week;


Middle line left to right:


H&M cream skinny jeans, best described with a damsask pattern in them. Not for everyone but great wtih heels and a relaxed fit top for a night out;


Zara linen T – a slouchy, comfortable basic;


H&M cream tailored trousers – good quality fabric with some stretch in it and thick enough so that pants won’t show through it!


Bottom line left to right;


Clarks brogues – a smarter alternative to converse an a nice change from ballet pumps, especially on slightly chillier days. These also come in other colours;


H&M broderie anglaise dress – this is made of 100% organic cotton and has a great length to it, so whilst it may be strapless, I can imagine wearing it on holiday without feeling as though I shouldn’t be.



 Hope that you like some of the bits and bobs above. Have a great bank holiday weekend.



  1. ZoeB
    May 3, 2013 / 7:59 pm

    Love the brogues but would be unsure what to Wear them with in the summer whilst trying to stay feminine

    • PoppysStyle
      May 3, 2013 / 11:52 pm

      I wear mine with Boyfriend jeans and a pretty tee or top – I'm 41 but still get inspiration from the likes of Alexa Chung and Taylor Swift – both, to me, are the ultimate brogue wearers (or Oxfords as we call them here)!

  2. The Find Boutique Bootcamp
    May 3, 2013 / 9:08 pm

    These look lovely, love broderie anglaise, but it cries out for good weather and an absence of wet dogs!

  3. PoppysStyle
    May 3, 2013 / 11:50 pm

    Love the choices – I have the Clarks brogues and the Zara jacket – perfect for Spring…

  4. jules2906
    May 4, 2013 / 7:01 am

    I do like the Coast skirt especially as you mentioned it would be ideal for a wedding as I have a July one coming up….but what to wear with it? Ideas please for a stylistically challenged one! Thanks!

  5. Applebypie
    May 4, 2013 / 7:41 am

    Lovely items – I'm going for neutrals for a wedding on Sunday this week. I have decided to opt for some trousers as it is a bit blowy and I get so cold standing around at weddings . I hope I'm not breaking any rules there and should be in a dress…..find weddings hard to dress for !! X

    May 4, 2013 / 8:57 am

    I love the neutrals, they seem's to be a shade for all skin tones.great idea of mixing them in with other colours too! ps. there is one so called natural shade that does give me the shivers though…..I don't know if you would remember, but tight's in "American Tan"?!! xx

  7. Katherine Raderecht
    May 4, 2013 / 11:36 am

    I can't see the zara beaded top on their website. Can you post a link?

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