You met my new taupe sweatshirt and skirt combo yesterday.

Now, in Chapter 2 of the Taupe Tales, I show you how well taupe plays with every colour in my wardrobe and why it will help me form a great trip capsule.

By the way, in my last thread, a few people mentioned that they were surprised to learn that blondes can wear taupe. I'm not sure all blondes can. I happen to have a lot of charcoal and greyish brown in my hair, as Angie recently pointed out. And my skin tone is very cool. Right now I have a bit of a tan so I look more neutral, but this colour, like charcoal grey, works just as well in winter when I am more pale. And as you will see, in choosing blue and taupe for my neutrals, I'm just following Angie's advice to repeat my colouring in my outfits:

DUH. Why didn't I think of it before??

Please note: these are not styled outfits. I just threw things on to show the way this colour invigorates my whole existing closet and opens up a wealth of possibilities, drawing together all that sometimes seemed mixed up and incoherent to me in the past.

#1 and #2 Taupe skirt with new consigned sheer leopard print tank and new sweatshirt

#3 with one of my denim jackets

#4 with a navy jacket

#5 with a black jacket

#6 my consigned taupe glen plaid jacket over my smoke blue grey jersey cowl neck dress. I probably wouldn't wear the tank with the jacket IRL, looking at the pics...but I would fill in the neckline some other way, with another top. Otherwise it is not flattering to me. And the tank looks great with the dress on its own, or with my white denim jacket.

#7 Taupe and teal. The shirt doesn't really pull like that IRL. I did up one too many buttons and was all sweaty from so many quick changes, so it looks much tighter than it actually is.

#8 making it a "suit."

#9 Trying a tuck. I would never wear it like this IRL but I wanted to see what it might look like. Just an experiment.

#10 with ink blue and the $20 shrunken fuchsia knit jacket from H&M. This is also for my trip capsule. Won't wrinkle, works with jeans, is easy to wear.

#11 with MaryK's scarf of wonder.

As Mary's scarf suggests, I could have shown you dozens more possibilities. Taupe with charcoal. Taupe with burgundy and cranberry reds (delicious). Taupe with rose and orchid. Taupe with white (gorgeous). Honestly - this neutral works with every colour in my closet and magically unifies them.

Thanks for looking, and thanks for helping me celebrate my newfound love!

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