We’ve been discussing the topic of neutral colored bags extensively here in recent months. I had a delightful conversation on a related topic with dear @happybaggage prompted by the reveal of her adorable Kelly 25 in the new Hermes fall/winter shade called Terre Battue . Our discussion revolved around a particular concept I’ll call “bright neutrals”: these are the tones that straddle the space between classic neutrals (e.g. greys and beiges) and bright pop colors (e.g. fuschia and green). In general these colors are easier to incorporate into your wardrobe… they blend but don’t clash!
Let’s begin the discussion with @happybaggage ‘s take…
Say Orange, and it brings on a smile.
Whatever color you like, there must be a shade of it that you love the most. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a shade you would wear.
I love the Hermes signature orange. I was offered a B25 once, but it didn’t look good on me. On that same day, I tried on a feu jypsiere, and I knew I preferred feu over orange.
I was still in search for my favorite Hermes orange until I was offered a Terre Battue (meaning ‘clay’ in French) Kelly 25 sellier. I finally discovered that this new shade of orange wears best on me.
The Terre Battue colour can look warm and fiery in the sun, but it is truly a matte and less playful colour indoors. Because of its brown undertones, it is an earthy orange compared to the pop feu, making it a perfect (orange) bright neutral. I fell in love!
I know how ‘bright neutral’ reads like an oxymoron. But in context, I invite you to consider the following examples of ‘bright neutral’ shades in its respective families of brights : ie anemone (in purples), malachite (in greens), bubblegum pink (in pinks).
Read more about neutrals and color theory in The Perfect Neutral-ista feature
In the spectrum of oranges, the differences are quite subtle, and how they wear also depend on the bag style and size. The following image shows the following oranges on different leathers, can you tell which is which? Poppy orange, Feu, Orange, Terre Battue, on Milo, Swift, Chèvre, Epsom.
Join in the conversation on BopTalk, do you also reach out more for your ‘bright neutrals’ these days? Hashtag your ‘bright neutral’ choices to #pursebopbrightneutrals, we would love to see your choices!