When updating your wardrobe for a new season, there’s always a temptation to play it safe. You might gravitate toward neutral colors so you can get the most wear out of the new pieces you buy, but fall is the perfect time to rethink your definition of neutral. This year’s most popular colors and patterns—including army green and dark florals—are surprisingly versatile. Plus, you can find tons of on-trend pieces new on eBay Fashion from brands like Topshop and Madewell. In other words? “Neutral” no longer just means black, white, oatmeal, and charcoal.
“Green, leopard print, stripes—those are my neutrals,” says Ramya Giangola, the style influencer and founder of fashion consultancy Gogoluxe. Giangola has long been a darling of street style photographers for her deft combinations of stripes and polka dots, florals and animal prints, and color on color. It’s a style skill she attributes to her upbringing. “Growing up in the culture of Indian saris there is such a celebration of color and texture,” she says.
Giangola helped us identify four colors and patterns you should mix and match this fall.
Army Green: For a versatile take on this season’s cropped- flare pants trend, consider going green. “To me, army green is a neutral,” says Giangola. She likes to pair cropped green Anthropologie overalls with other bright colors: pink, bright blue, and lipstick red. “It doesn’t read Christmas to me,” she says. The color’s also a no-brainer for jackets, like the Zara one above, which we found on eBay.
Watch Giangola’s complete guide to cropped- flare pants here.
Dark Florals: Off-the-shoulder styles tops and ruffles are sticking around. This fall, swap out blue-and white striped shirts and dresses for prairie-inspired florals with a dark, muted background like the one from Zara, above. They look great over jeans or under bold brightly colored outerwear. If it feels like a lot of color? Giangola recommends wearing your even more with your shoes. “With a really bold look, I’m most comfortable if I wear a pretty heel, even it means mixing in a pop of bright red.”
Millennial Pink: Millennial pink is more than a trend, it’s a phenomenon. If it infiltrated your wardrobe over the summer, turn it into a neutral for fall by pairing it with more traditional fall colors, like marigold, oxblood and—obviously—army green.
Leopard Print: Like polka dots or stripes, leopard print is one of the easiest patterns to mix and match. Its colors are muted, and it looks good whether you get the $50 leopard-print ballet flats or the $500 ones. “I have really eclectic style, and I love having options, which is why I love shopping on eBay Fashion,” Giangola says. And if your closet’s full of black-on-brown leopard print? Try a more colorful print, like the millennial pink Topshop wedges above—two bold new neutrals in one.