Beige gets something of a bad rap as a “boring” or “basic” hue, but the truth is this versatile neutral can indeed look incredibly chic—provided you know what to look for. And if you’re searching for proof, simply turn to the wave of celebrities who’ve recently rocked beige on the red carpet, and who actually stood out among the sea of sequin metallics and bright chiffons. Jenna Ortega, star of the Netflix hit series Wednesday, broke from her more gothic press tour looks of late to wear a dark beige, diaphanous gown by Gucci for the Golden Globes on January 10. Then, on January 15 at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Anya Taylor Joy stunned in a beige Dior gown with delicate scale detailing along the bodice and skirt. Also joining the pack was Cate Blanchett, whose matching Max Mara button-up and fluted skirt brought to mind Sharon Stone’s iconic 1998 Oscars ensemble.
But what makes their beige styles look posh rather than plain? While the couture tailoring certainly doesn’t hurt, it’s actually the silhouettes, materials and accessories that have the biggest impact. Sharply tailored shirts or blazers, corset-inspired tops and elegantly draped frocks all have an innately dressy vibe which helps to elevate beige beyond a basic. Choosing the right fabrics can do the same. Gauzy chiffon, shimmering silk, lush cashmere or delicate lace feel much more luxurious than linen or cotton. But for those occasions when a plain beige tee or timeless wool cardigan are the order of the day, pairing them with a heavy dose of glitzy jewelry can similarly make them appear much more fabulous.
Thanks to these three leading ladies, we’re now fully ready to hop on the beige train for office days, date nights and even wedding receptions. Here, 13 of the best beige clothing to shop (and wear) right this very moment to make the most of the neutral hue’s spotlight moment.