4.21.2017

7 Ways to Style a Neutral Dress featuring Halsbrook.com

Good morning, everyone! This has been such an exciting week with my ten-item wardrobe posts going up. Thank you for all of your comments and encouraging input. Today, I have a very fun and different bonus blog for you. I've partnered with Halsbrook.com, a sophisticated online shopping site, to show you different ways you can style a neutral dress.

I've had many requests over the years to show how I would style the same dress in different ways. This is a crucial skill to learn if you are going to take on the ten-item wardrobe. Knowing how to style your clothes creates different looks and gets rid of the need to have so many outfits in the first place.

Before I show you the styles I have collaged for you, I want to introduce you to Halsbrook. When doing research on them, I was immediately impressed. What sets Halsbrook apart is their thoughtfully selected designs. I honestly love the "eye" of their buyers. Their collection truly does have a sophisticated ease. Their curated collection lines up with the classy, lady-like style that defines The Daily Connoisseur.

More on Halsbrook and their story in a minute, but first let's look at the 7 different looks I have collaged. This will hopefully give you ideas on how you can style your own neutral dresses at home. All of these collages feature the Les Copains beige ponte jersey knit dress, but they would work with any neutral look. After the collages, I feature other neutral dresses that Halsbrook carry.



Beachside Dinner This is an elegant, yet casual look for a supper by the sea. The turquoise in the necklace offsets the neutrality of the other pieces, making a subtle statement. Featured in this look is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Meg Carter Designs Westminster triple strand necklace and the Kayu New Jen Natural Straw Clutch. I've paired it with this Women's Bp. 'Luminate' Open Toe Dress Sandal.


Animal print Animal prints pair really well with neutrals. Some people think animal prints are neutrals unto themselves as they go with so many different looks. I love the look of leopard with a pop of red! This is a fun, sophisticated look. Featured here is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, W Kleinberg Leopard Belt and the Meli Melo Tan Halo Bag. I've paired it with the Women's Bp. Lula Block Heel Slingback Sandal Red.


Polished Professional Ladylike and sophisticated, with Chanel-inspired tweed and pearls, this demure look is elegant for the office. Featured in this look is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Belford sky blue tweed cardigan, Diana Broussard Margarite Pearl Necklace. I've paired it with the Women's Naturalizer Whitney Pump in blue.


Artsy and Bright When wearing neutrals, it's a great idea to pair a brightly colored scarf close to the face to prevent you from looking washed out. I love this colorful scarf and neutral tote. Featured in this look is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Taisir Gibreel Moody Loch Blossom Silk Scarf and the Alice D. Featherweight Tan Leather Perforated Tote. To add some more fun color, I've paired this look with the Halogen Freda Slide Sandal in Red Suede.



Soft & Whimsical This would be a beautiful outfit to wear to a wedding or another elegant daytime affair. I love the whimsy of the "bug" wrap. The delicate earrings and blush shoes give the look a beautiful quality. Featured here is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Janavi ivory embellished bug merino wool shawl, Atelier Mon Cherry Quartz and Pave Drop Earrings. I've paired this with the Women's Sam Edelman Susie D'Orsay Ankle Strap Sandal, Pink.


Black & Neutral Black always pairs nicely with neutral colors and this is a sophisticated, yet edgy look, perfect for an evening at the theatre or a nice restaurant. Featured here is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Ellsworth and Ivey Black Tweed Jacket, Oscar de la Renta Polka Dot Bead Clip Earrings and Serpui Nina Loom Black Box Clutch. I've paired this with the Women's Louise Et Cie Karisa Ankle Cuff Sandal, Black.


Beach Day And for our last look, a lovely ensemble for the beach or poolside. The sunhat, straw bag and espadrilles turn our neutral dress into a casual, yet polished outfit. Featured in this look is the Les Copains Beige Ponte Jersey Knit Dress, Hat Attack Fine Braided Continental Hat and the Kayu Sail Tote. The espadrilles are the Women's Soludos Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal, Beige

As you can see, the options of styling a neutral dress are limitless. This proves that a ten-item wardrobe is far from boring, with one simple dress, think of the possibilities.

I hope you enjoyed my 7 collages!

The collages showcased some beautiful accessories, but Halsbrook has a stunning collection of garments as well. Here are some more neutral dresses they carry, that would all work well in each of these style collages...


The Sonia Stone Viscose Crepe Dress


The Sail to Sable cream tweed dress


The Antonelli Nantes stone and taupe dress


Layfayette 148 Kosmo beige tweed dress

THE HALSBROOK STORY

Halsey Schroeder has her mother to thank for many things, not the least of which is the inspiration for Halsbrook. Halsey grew up watching her mother carefully build her wardrobe - choosing beautiful pieces that would stand the test of time. Having acquired the same sense of style, Halsey soon discovered how underserved this market was. “Everything was too flashy and trendy.” And just like that, Halsbrook was born.

Our styling point of view is one of sophisticated sensibility with an emphasis on ease for the woman with a hundred to-dos to check off before her day is done. Every piece in our assortment is on-trend, not trendy, and has been carefully vetted for quality and fit. We style in head-to-toe looks, not just one-off pieces, and offer complete outfit ideas with a focus on versatility. We believe wardrobing should enhance our lives, not be hard work. So, the Halsbrook shopping experience is capped off with first-class service – as personal as shopping in a boutique store, with the ease of shopping online whether you’re at home or on the go.


I hope you enjoyed this post and that you got some great inspiration from it when accessorizing your own wardrobe. Thank you to Halsbrook for partnering with me on this article. I'm truly grateful I found you!

Today I would love to know... what is your favorite look?

See you on Monday for a long-overdue Reader Questions Answered. Have a great weekend!

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FTC: This post was sponsored by Halsbrook.com. As you know, I am very selective in who I partner with and I am thoroughly impressed with this company. All opinions remain my own. Links may be affiliate.

14 comments:

Sonya said...

All the looks are lovely, but I have to say the Beachside Dinner outfit is my favorite! Would love to see more inspiration on how to maximize a 10-item wardrobe with different accessories!

Lori said...

These are lovely Jennifer! I love the Artsy & Bright and the Soft & Whimsical but all your ideas are wonderful. Thank you for this, you've given me ideas on a couple of my basic dresses :-)

Katherine Rae said...

How fun, what a great collaboration. I would have loved to see you modeling the collection thought! :) Your Spring/Summer video with your children in was absolutely darling! what a wonderful family. I've downloaded the books all set for a book club this Summer. Hurrah for a community that pulls for grace and elegance in daily life. Keep up the inspiring work.

Hint of Grace said...

I love them all, but like the animal print the best! So fun adding a belt to the dress! I'm curious though, how many accessories and bags do you own in order to dress up or dress down an outfit?
-Grace

ICU aus B said...

I love all the looks, but especially the one with the black tweet jacket. Thank you very much for this inspirational post.I always love to watch your videos, but never know where to comment, so I just mention it here. I am very glad I found you and your site after having read your books. Have a wonderful weekend. Inga

Toni said...

This is my first time posting a comment and wanted to tell you that I found this post particularly beautiful and useful. Thank you so much for the ideas! Best, Toni

Patricia said...

Jennifer, I loved your post's exposition of styling one dress for so many different occasions. I've long ago adopted your 10-item wardrobe. So easy. I always feel well-dressed for any occasion. I've also gotten comments from friends that I always look so "put together," even if we meet at the grocery store. However, when I try to explain the 10-item wardrobe they often can't contemplate that simple concept even though my friends are individually and collectively very intelligent, except concerning their wardrobes it seems. I point them to your blog, yet many of them immediately conclude that you're too much younger than they are. Therefore, your 10-item wardrobe cannot possibly apply.



Lise said...

Thank you for this post!! I had never heard of Halsbrook but truly loving the looks. I wish you had a promo code for readers-- maybe a little discount for us and all the deserved credit tracked back to you for introducing some new customers!

Vicki Zimmerman said...

The Halsbrook line is stunning as is the concept behind their company. Every ensemble is perfect for the occasion and I really like your shoe and handbag choices as well as the wonderful accessories, which add some whimsy and fun. So, Jennifer, did you buy one of these dresses? I also love the Sonia Stone Viscose Crepe Dress, too, for its delicate neutral color. You've given me a lot to think about here. What a wonderful exercise in making the most of one classic dress. Thanks, Jennifer and Halsbrook.

Bliss said...

I absolutely love this post! You did such a wonderful job in showing the versatility of a neutral piece. My favorites are the soft and whimsical and the beach day. I find myself feeling or perhaps wishing for the south of France at present.

Sarah Luevano said...

I really enjoyed this post and would love to see more content like this in the future!

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Julie Prenzler said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you so much for your blog and vlogs. I'm in the process of preparing for my ten item wardrobe once I've finished breast feeding my third child. It's exciting and something that I am enjoying a lot.

Thank you for introducing me to Boden and now Halbrook! I've just bought my first dress from Boden and I love it!

Concerning this post: I enjoyed all the looks especially the edgy black and neutral & the delicate soft and whimsical. But it was such a tough decision because beachside dinner also had me with the necklace!

Thank you for showing us how versatile a neutral dress can be. I also loved the Lafayette Tweed dress!

Great inspiration, especially as a pastors wife. God bless.

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