Behind the Scenes with Aveda™ – Steven Alan SS14 NYFW – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring Summer 2014

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Staying Neutral or going “back to basics” seems to be a trend that is catching on pretty fast right now. Fashion bloggers, celebrities and style influencers seem to be moving away from the elaborate patterns and printed outfit pieces, leaving them behind in 2015 and swinging back to the laid back simplicity of solid, neutral-earth tones and creams this 2016. Look no further than Forever 21‘s #stayneutral collection to cleanse your fashion palette at an affordable price.

Here is the colour palette we are working with.

Browns and earth tones colour palette

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Simple isn’t it? But paired with the right accessories, your plain Jane, “monotonous” outfits can be jazzed up to something rather LookBook and Instagram-worthy and remoulded to give off that “minimalistic” and “high maintenance” vibe.

If you’re looking to have an aesthetic make-over while saving cost, shopping at FOREVER 21’s #stayneutral collection is definitely an option for you.  Here are some monotonous outfit ideas that will help you stand out. As oxymoronic as that sounds, once you look at these outfits, you will understand exactly what FOREVER 21 means when they say that:

“Monotone is the new way to stand out”. 

THREE #stayneutral looks that you may find inspiring:

  1. The “I’m not that lazy” look

Pull out a Basic V-neck Tee and rock some trusty Ol’ denims

Forever 21 Contemporary V-neck tee in white

Contemporary V-neck Tee in White (also available in Rose, Black and Olive)

Forever 21 Contemporary V-neck tee in Tan

Contemporary V-neck tee in Tan (also available in Rose, Black and Olive)

2. The  “Don’t mess with me” look

These two outfits are rather body-hugging and definitely give off a fierce vibe that screams “high fashion”. You’d know you nailed the look when you get countless double takes as you walk down your street to get a coffee.

Forever 21 Crisscross-Hem Crop Top in Taupe

Crisscross-Hem Crop Top in Taupe

Forever 21 Cutout-Back Bodycon Dress

Cutout-Back Bodycon Dress in Grey/Charcoal

A pair of shades and simple black heels are an optional nice touch to accentuate the lady boss look as well.

3. The “Smart Casual” look

Who says you can’t rock the smart casual look with neutral colours? Check out this T-shirt dress right here. The possibilities to dress up or down with neutral and earth tones are almost endless! Pair this simple one-piece with a cream coloured bag or a tote to complete the casual yet sophisticated look.

Forever 21 Faux Suede Shirt Dress

Faux Suede Shirt Dress in Taupe

Forever 21 Zip-Side Faux Leather Tote in cream

Zip-Side Faux Leather Tote in Cream

If you’re inspired by what you see here, be sure to visit the FOREVER 21 website and browse through their #stayneutral collection. Make your online purchase through ShopBack to enjoy 2.0% cashback in addition to ongoing Forever 21 Malaysia sales.

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