From cream to caramel, oatmeal to rust, beige is the colour palette of the summer and it’s going nowhere for autumn.
Fashion month saw an unlikely explosion of beige on the catwalks: subtle stone tailoring with lightweight cream outerwear at Hermes, sand-toned trenches with matching dresses (and bags and shoes) at Burberry and caramel leather coats at Altuzarra. The standout colour of the summer is without a doubt beige, and head-to-toe tonal dressing in the shade of the moment is the epitome of chic.
While the weather is good, opt for ivory and oatmeal mixed with warm and rich tones of russet and camel, or style neutrals with pops of colour as seen at Rejina Pyo and Sies Marjan for added interest. As cooler weather approaches, add some tan leather or suede pieces; a bold, structured midi skirt or butter soft trench will both work well as will some more practical black leather accessories.
Whatever the season, this trend is super versatile, and there are two distinct styling camps that fashion insiders have adopted to help you wear head-to-toe beige.
The first is elegant, feminine, Burberry-inspired looks. Think tailoring, pleated skirts, trenches and structured, ladylike tote bags and heels, and softer beige tones mixed with flashes of white and it-accessories.
Alternatively, wear the trend with a utility-edge: loose silhouettes, shirts worn as jackets, boxy multi-pocket jackets, wide leg trousers and cotton T-shirts or vests. Accessorise with a leather belt bag or an oversized canvas tote and chunky flats.
Shop our edit of 13 of the best beige pieces to add to your wardrobe.
Frankie Shop Julie double-breasted gabardine blazer
Beige tailoring is on-trend power dressing at its finest. Wear this blazer with a pleated midi skirt for the office and with a T-shirt and high-waisted vintage wash jeans for the weekend.
Double breasted longline blazer, £250, Frankie Shop
Nanushka Mog knitted hoody
Wear this hooded knit with a utility jacket and trainers for an easy off-duty look.
Beige knitted hoodie, £265, Nanushka
Dune Loupe smart slider andal
These sandals strike the perfect balance between chunky and elegant; their versatility makes them the perfect partner for all of your summer looks.
Tan leather sliders, £85, Dune
Frankie Shop Yoyo asymmetric pleated wrap skirt
If you buy one beige piece make it a beige midi skirt, preferably a pleated one. Wear it with everything from tennis-style sneakers and a white cotton T-shirt to a crew-neck knit and heeled sandals.
Beige pleated midi skirt, £205, Frankie Shop
Burberry Icon Stripe merino-wool cardigan
Wear a longline cardigan with a structured midi skirt and knee-high boots for rainier days.
Stripe longline cardigan, £450, Burberry
Warehouse square neck midi prairie dress
A linen dress is a summer must and this square-neck, puff-sleeve style from Warehouse is definitely worth investing in.
Linen mix square neck dress, £42, Warehouse
Dear Frances wrap sandal in pecan
Chunky leather sandals, like this beautiful chestnut leather style, will toughen up loose summer silhouettes.
Tan leather sandals, £260, Dear Frances
ATM wide-rib tank top
A ribbed vest will work well with everything from suit trousers to wrap skirts and even jeans.
Light beige ribbed tank top, £125, ATM
Russell & Bromley Rowan cross-body camera bag
Accessorise beige tones with woven and raffia accessories; the texture adds interest and works well. Woven leather will last well beyond summer too.
Tan cross-body handbag, £195, Russell & Bromley
Arket drawstring trousers
Arket’s loose fitting separates are the ultimate in effortless summer chic.
Beige high-waist drawstring trousers, £45, Arket
James Perse V-neck loose-fit cotton-jersey T-shirt
The Stylist fashion desk are big fans of investing in quality basics; James Perse T-shirts are smart enough to wear for work and will last for years.
Beige v-neck cotton T-shirt, £95, James Perse
Tu Premium stone belted linen shirt dress
Everything you want from a summer dress for everyday: roomy, airy, flattering and versatile. Toughen it up with retro opticals and dad sandals.
Belted beige button-down midi dress, £35, Tu
Whistles rib knitted vest
This soft ribbed knit vest looks great with high-waisted trousers or jeans and mules. You can also wear it into autumn with a longline cardigan or chunky knit.
Ribbed knitted vest top, £65, Whistles
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