6 Ways To Wear This Season's Chicest Colour

Sarah Raphael

Aside from the timeless trench coat, beige wasn’t a particularly fashionable colour until Phoebe Philo’s Spring 2010 collection for Céline, when it became an integral part of the designer's new look for women: subtle, chic, unfussy. Eight years later Philo's successor, Hedi Slimane, ditched these attributes along with the colour palette in favour of his goth party girl aesthetic. There was a little bit of a backlash. Since then, we've noticed beautiful combinations of beige cropping up all over Instagram, on fashion editors and street style stars, which feels like a nod to the old Céline woman. Or else beige is just back in fashion.

It was the dominant colour of Riccardo Tisci's debut collection for Burberry, also shown in September, which was full look beige after full look beige in tailored suits, prim pleated skirts, silk blouses and multi-beige knitwear. There was a beige to suit every occasion: casual beige, business beige, black tie beige, cosy beige, lady who lunches beige, first date beige, summer holiday beige, librarian beige and Kardashian beige.

Predicting the mood of the season ahead, here are six ways to wear the boldest quiet colour, from the catwalk to the high street.


A beige suit with black loafers and a smart handbag (in beige or plain black) is the boss-woman look for spring. You can spend a lot on a suit as an investment piece, or go for a high street option that's lighter weight.

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Loose Layers

Loose-fitting dresses or skirts (worn with woolly jumpers or rollnecks during winter) and lightweight trench coats make a perfect romance.

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Boxy Jackets

Rouje founder Jeanne Damas makes a plain beige jacket the height of sophistication with wide-leg trousers and a statement bag.

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A more casual option than a suit but styled the same with black shoes, black handbag and come summer, black sunglasses.

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Sports Luxe

Go for the full tracksuit with a white T-shirt or track pants with a flash of colour and an overcoat for a more understated look.

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Statement Shoes

If full look still seems a bit much, try a pair of statement shoes with a contrasting colour, like Susie Lau.

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