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Neutral colours rule at New York Fashion Week – four ways to wear cream this autumn

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New York Fashion Week Street Style

The streets of New York Fashion Week were awash with head-to-toe tonal looks. This season’s colour of choice: cream. Here’s how to get on board. 

There once was a time when it was the boldest looks at fashion week that would garner the most attention. These looks didn’t even need to be stylish to grab attention, they just needed to be bright in colour and outrageous in design. 

But this New York Fashion Week we have experienced the ultimate palate cleanser via tonal dressing. And the tone in question: cream. 

New York Fashion Week Street Style
New York Fashion Week Street Style

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Last season we saw the biggest influx of beige into our wardrobe and now the style set are taking it one step further with the introduction of head to toe cream. A step up from summer white and more versatile to seasons 

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For obvious reasons it’s a tricky trend to tackle and, whilst we will desperately miss penne arrabiata, the results of full look tonal dressing are off the scale chic. Here’s the breakdown on how to make it work.        

Heavier Accessories 

For those who, when opting for head-to-toe colour, choose black, this is the one for you. Heavy set accessories – with added stomp and chunk – is the way to take cream into that comfortable ‘black’ realm.

It toughens the look without being aggressive and adds an easy street-esque take on the trend. Road test your look with a black biker boots and as you get more comfortable swap them out for a black patent cowboy boot. 

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New York Fashion Week Street Style

Take It To Work 

Workwear doesn’t have to be black, grey or navy. Cream can easily transition into your work wardrobe regardless of season. Take this show-goer who has effortlessly paired a pleated midi skirt with a semi-sheer blouse. 

They key to this look is in its relaxed look, keep the shirt tucked out and make sure it’s in an opposing fabrication to the shirt. Cream sunglasses not necessary but actively encourages.

New York Fashion Week Street Style
New York Fashion Week Street Style

Off White 

Cream, but make it off duty. Invest in a loose fitting pair of cream trousers and it will be the wardrobe staple you never knew you needed. Style it as seen on Sarah Harris with a crisp white t-shirt and slides (weather permitting) and add on a chunky knit come October. 

New York Fashion Week Street Style
New York Fashion Week Street Style

Trench coat

Trench coat lovers rejoice, update your trusty beige or dark brown to a lighter cream and you’re set for the rest of 2019 and beyond. 

For a full tonal look, take on cream denim as seen in this look and offset with dark accessories. For an easier way to wear, pair the trench with dark denim and a cream roll neck. 

New York Fashion Week Street Style
New York Fashion Week Street Style
  • Zara cream oversized jacket

    Zara cream oversized jacket
    Zara cream oversized jacket

    Update your current denim jacket with an oversized cream version and wear with straight leg blue jeans and a boxy white t-shirt. 

    Denim jacket, £29.99, Zara 

  • Cos funnel neck top

    Cos funnel neck top
    Cos funnel neck top

    Make a statement on Cos’ funnel neck top and pair with black leather trousers for an effortlessly chic day to night look. 

    Funnel neck top, £69, Cos 

  • H&M cream dress

    H&M cream dress
    H&M cream dress

    Perfect for workwear, drinks with friends or even dressed up for an occasion. We all need a cream dress in our lives. 

    Silk wrap dress, £49.99, H&M 

  • & Other Stories cream jeans

    & Other Stories cream jeans
    & Other Stories cream jeans

    Make these cream denim jeans your new staple. Team with a floral ditsy top for the remaining summers and chunky grey knits and black biker boots come autumn. 

    Mid rise jeans, £65, & Other Stories 

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