Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

70’s Style Flared Pants: How to Make Neutrals Interesting

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I rarely wear neutrals, so this outfit is definitely a bit of departure from my usual looks. I like to mix it up once in a while and try different things, plus I figured it would be fun to challenge myself to make neutrals interesting. I built the outfit around these 70’s style suede flared pants from I Love Tyler Madison. These pants totally remind of the bell bottoms I used to wear as a teenager, and of course I’m digging the retro boho chic vibe. Unfortunately the pants are super long on me, so even with wedges they are almost at the floor. I will be getting them hemmed, and for reference I’m 5’3. I paired the pants with a flowy white top and added a vintage fringe vest for a boho touch. Read on for my tips on how to dress up a neutral outfit.

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How to Make Neutrals Interesting

  • Add a pop of color: To break up the all neutral look, I chose a mint blue handbag. This is the perfect way to add a pop of color while still keeping the look streamlined and sophisticated. A shoulder bag that doubles as a crossbody bag is even better if you want the bag to be more pronounced in the outfit.
  • Pile on statement jewelry: To make this neutrals outfit interesting, I heavied up on the statement jewelry. I’m obsessed with these eye rings from Michal Golan, they are super eye-catching (haha!) and the colors and detail on each ring are gorgeous. I like wearing multiple ones for a funky vibe, and I think they go really well with a more muted look. I paired them with layered gold rings for balance on both hands. I also stacked on arm candy with a wood watch and multiple bracelets.
  • Wear White Aviators for a Sharp Contrast: Complete the look with white-rimmed aviators that pop on your face and match the neutrals in your outfit. Aviators also naturally have a 70’s vibe to them, so this goes well with the flared pants.

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For my shoes, I went with the highest wedges I own so that they can peek out slightly from under the pants. I also want to give a special shoutout to Akiko Nails for giving me the best nail art ever. This was actually my first time getting nail art and I am officially an addict! Granted the whole process took 2 and a half hours, but it is so worth because it lasts 3 weeks, and who doesn’t want to have fun colors and prints on their nails?! For my NY readers, definitely go check them out if you’re looking to do something special or if you just love nail art as much as I do 🙂

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Shop the Look:

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What I’m Wearing:
Top: Zara (similar here)
Vest: Vintage (similar here)
Pants: I Love Tyler Madison
Shoes: Poetic Licence
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here)
Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (similar here
Rings: Michal Golan
Nails: Akiko Nails

Thanks for reading,

Mary

*This post is in collaboration with I Love Taylor Madison, Michal Golan and Akiko Nails. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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32 responses to “70’s Style Flared Pants: How to Make Neutrals Interesting”

  1. Celeste says:

    I don’t know what I love more, your pants or your nails. So chic!

  2. Ilka Elise says:

    Your outfit looks amazing.

  3. Mahek says:

    Love your outfit! So chic ?

  4. Tsvetelins says:

    Such a great post and tips, thank you for sharing!
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  5. daniella says:

    These are some great tips to make nuetrals work and pop! I especially love your evil eye rings!

  6. As a past-student of fashion design, I know how important it is to have accessories that ” pep up” plain fabrics. It really is easy, yet so few people use accessories to full advantage!

  7. Bea Alvarado says:

    o b s e s s e d with your NAILS!!!! + those R I N G S! Dying over how cute they are!
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  8. Your pants are so fun, I love all of those funky rings too
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  9. Ruthie says:

    Those pants are incredible and I love the rings!

  10. Katie says:

    These are so funky! I love them!

  11. Amanda Kruse says:

    You are killin’ it in those flare pants! I love your rings!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  12. Nikki Arnold says:

    I love these pants!! This is such a fun retro look!
    Xo, Nikki | http://www.thefashionableaccountant.com

  13. Rachel says:

    I really love this look!!

  14. ivana says:

    Beautiful look, but those rings are incredible xo

    https://theninebyivana.blogspot.com/

  15. katriza says:

    These are adorable! I love flare pants! <3 I could wear this and I love rocking neutral colors!

  16. I love those rings so much, and what a great retro-inspired look. Happy Monday. x
    FASHION TALES

  17. Those are some cute pants and I love how you styled them! Love the jewelry too

    -Brandi Kimberly
    http://www.cutebrandik.com

  18. Liz says:

    Definitely love the idea of white sunnies for contrast!

  19. Samantha says:

    Ok, love your outfit but that mani! So gorgeous!

    Sam
    http://www.lifeandmessyhair.com/

  20. Cynelle says:

    Love the pop of pastel and all the chic accessories

  21. I absolutely love your nails and those cool “evil eye” rings!

  22. david says:

    I love the whole outfit you really nailed it! The shoes are the most eye catching and in my opinion, make the entire outfit flow. The only thing that I honestly do not like is the purse. I think the color of it throws off the perfection of the rest of the outfit. However, I am a straight male with no fashion sense so don’t take that to heart!

  23. Kaitlin says:

    I love wearing neutrals!! You look so great in this outfit!

    – Kaitlin
    Kedgotwed.com

  24. Jessica says:

    LOVE how you styled this look! I’m such a sucker of 70s styles…<3

    http://forblueskies.com

  25. Lisa Autumn says:

    Love these so much!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  26. Brittany N says:

    I love how colorful and funky you make your outfits! I totally feel your personality coming out in everything you wear! And I’m loving your rings and nails in this post!

  27. Okay your outfit is amazing BUT come on those nails are flawless! I do love your outfit as well, especially those flares!

  28. Oh my cuteness! Your nail art is so on point. We love everything about this from your flared pants to your nails to your rings to that chic bag!

  29. I love your style Mary! This look is so fun and I totally want to create this same look! The flared pants look so fantastic on you and I love the wedges!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  30. Haleigh says:

    Okay… you NAILED IT! You look so fab babe!

    xo, Hales | http://www.sincerelyhales.com

  31. Molly | Miss Molly Moon says:

    This looks so good on you! There is no way I could pull off that color, but you a rocking it!

    Molly // Miss Molly Moon

  32. Ria Smith says:

    Living your nail design .. And the outfit very chic

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