Have you been reaching for black a lot lately? While it's definitely quicker to dress up and look polished when wearing all-black, it wouldn't hurt to switch things up—and you don't have to let go of your muted wardrobe to do that!  

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Neutrals are just as versatile and sophisticated as black, yet they're often overlooked with the fear of looking "too dull" and washed out. With these fail-proof outfit formulas below, however, looking drab in creams and whites will no longer be an issue: 

1. Whites + Beiges 

Start easy with this classic color combo. White and beige mesh well together like coffee and cream. These neutral colors exude an air of sophistication and are naturally pleasing to the eyes; it’s no wonder they have been the go-to colors of classy women like Meghan Markle.

For an office-appropriate look, take styling cues from Mari Jasmine and pair a loose, button-down shirt with a structured bottom for a look that's polished yet relaxed. 

...Or you can also team up a casual top with a structured midi skirt like how Alex Gonzaga did it below: 

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2. White top + white flared trousers 

If your outfit lacks color, you can keep things interesting with the help of volume. Swap your overused pair of skinny jeans with white flared pants for a simple style upgrade that make a major impact. 

Team it up with a matching white top for a fresh and striking combo that you can wear to your next brunch meeting! 

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TRY: Mango Flared Trousers, P2,995, available online 

3. Neutrals + White sneakers 

Contrast the elegance of neutrals with the casual vibe of sneakers, and you'll get a chill yet classy outfit that's perfect for the weekend or even for your next trip abroad! 

4. Neutrals + Bright-colored bags 

Who says neutrals can’t be fun and sophisticated at the same time? One of the perks of wearing all-neutral is that you can seamlessly incorporate a pop of color into your outfit without feeling too overwhelmed. Put those colorful pieces in the back of your closet to good use! 

FN TIP: Punctuate your ensemble with structured bags instead of slouchy purses to keep the polished vibe going. 

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TRY: Zara Crossbody Bag with Gold Piece, P1,295, available online

5. Cream top + Dark brown skirt 

To avoid looking dull in neutrals, feel free to mix and match all the different neutral-toned pieces in your closet. If you don't know how to start, try Tricia Gosingtian's favorite combo: a light cream top and a dark brown bottom. Doing this will not only add depth to your neutral look, but it also add inches to your height

6. Monochrome all-over

On the other hand, if you're into a more clean and cohesive look, you still can't go wrong with rocking one shade of neutral from head to toe. It's a classic and easy styling technique to look put-together. 

7. Beige or white top + printed neutral trousers

Neutrals don't always mean basics; it can come in the form of striped trousers or a checkered skirt too, which can add a playful touch to any all-neutral look. 

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8. Neutrals + Blacks 

Don't want to look too refined? You can also toughen up the classic hue with the help of your contrasting black staples such as shoes, bags, or even blouses. 

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