The Latest Celeb Red Carpet Trend Proves That Beige Isn’t Boring After All

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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.

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  • Why We Love It: Can be dressed up for formal occasions or date nights, very comfortable material, flattering draped silhouette

The beauty of a beige wedding guest dress is that it works for every single season—just swap out your accessories. This draped midi has a lot of stretch and the ruched fabric is great for camouflaging any lumps or bumps you may feel self-conscious about. You can even adjust the material so the hem hits higher or lower, depending on what you find looks best on your frame. The brand suggests hand-washing and laying flat to dry to best maintain the shape of the fabric.

Size range: XXS to XL

  • Why We Love It: Comes with removable shoulder pads, hidden zipper at the side makes it easy to pull on and off

A crisscrossed waistband helps elevate this classic button-up to something much more fashion forward. There is also a flocked panel at the back for a better fit along your waist and hips, as well as a hidden side zipper to make it easier to both pull this shirt on and take it off. Wear it with high-waist trousers and pointy-toe flats for the office, then swap those for some kicked flare jeans and sparkly drop earrings for drinks with your friends.

Size range: 0 to 14

  • Why We Love It: Machine-washable, has a comfy elastic waistband

A silk slip skirt is always a good wardrobe staple to invest in, and this J.Crew beauty is a major fan favorite for two main reasons—the fit and ease of care. The polyester fabric has the look and feel of silk, but is actually machine-washable, so you don’t have to waste time and money running to the dry cleaners each week. As for the fit, multiple reviews comment on just how comfortable this skirt is thanks to the elastic waistband. It purportedly runs true to size, but if you prefer a slimmer fit or have particularly narrow hips you could potentially consider sizing down one.

Size range: XXS to 3X

  • Why We Love It: Stretchy knit is wonderfully comfortable, includes an adjustable tie at the waist

The ribbing on this gorgeous knit dress is just the right weight to stretch and glide over every curve without pulling or constricting your movement. According to one PureWow editor and fan of the brand, DISSH dresses tend to run true to size, though the maxis are indeed quite long. “I’m 5’9” so the length is great on me, but petite women may find the maxis a bit too long to wear with flats.” There’s also an adjustable tie at the waist that can be knotted in front, back or wrapped around for a cinched-in effect if you really want to show off your waist.

Size range: XS to XXL

  • Why We Love It: Can be easily dressed up for the office or down for brunch, made from a super-soft, lightweight material

We love a good matching set, and this beige duo is a particularly easy and beautiful pair to snap up. The material is lightweight, but still warm, and feels incredibly soft against your skin. The dress is designed for a somewhat looser fit, so if you prefer a curve-hugging dress we suggest going one size down. Or, on the flip side, if you want something roomier, go up one from your usual size.

Size range: XXS to 4XL

Size range: 0 to 20

  • Why We Love It: Denim has a descent amount of stretch, 32-inch inseam, machine-washable

Beige jeans can often feel sort of plain or even dowdy, but this trouser-inspired pair with an exaggerated cuffed hem is supremely chic. The cuffs are sewn into pace with small stiches on each side, but if you wanted to let them down or roll them up further to best fit your frame, it would be a very easy fix. And we love that the denim itself has lyocell and elastane woven in to give your waist, hips and belly some room to stretch after lunch so you won’t feel pinched in.

Size range: 23 to 34

  • Why We Love It: Great for wedding receptions or formal events, bra-friendly, surprisingly comfortable

This Ramy Brook stunner may be expensive, but it’s well worth the splurge, according to reviews. In particular, fans appreciate that the built-in slip comes up high enough in front and back such that you could wear a matching beige bra underneath without the straps or band showing. And the embellished fabric is surprisingly comfortable, though some found it ran a little snug. So if you’re between sizes you may feel more comfortable going up one.

Size range: 00 to 16

  • Why We Love It: Made from 100 percent cashmere that meets the Good Cashmere Standard, elegantly draped neckline

We’ll never say no to cashmere, but the draped neckline on this sleeveless knit only makes us want it even more. It’s basically the ultimate winter layering piece and can be worn under blazers or cardigans with slim sleeves (with no extra bulk) or thrown over a slim blouse or turtleneck as a chic update on a sweater vest. Our one gripe? Much like other cashmere pieces, this tank is dry-clean only.

Size range: XXS to XXL

  • Why We Love It: Timeless design, comes in both regular, petite and tall sizes

This gorgeous blazer is a J.Crew best-seller, thanks in large part to its extensive size range. It comes in sizes 000 through 24, as well as 00 through 12 Petite and 2 though 20 Tall. Reviews suggest it runs a hair large, but before you add to cart think about how you want to wear your blazer—is it with slim tees and blouses or over thicker sweaters? As for the material, it has some stretch, but not a ton, and does need to be dry-cleaned. But we think this timeless, seasonless jacket is definitely worth the extra cost of care.

Size range: 000 to 24, also Petite and Tall

  • Why We Love It: Snaps at the gusset make bathroom breaks significantly easier, jersey material is fully opaque, machine-washable

For those who like a super-sleek look, this bodysuit has just enough compression to help smooth your silhouette without making you feel too constricted. And the bottom features a thong silhouette in back to eliminate panty lines, and snaps at the gusset which makes it both easier to put on and easier to use the bathroom while wearing.

Size range: XXS to 3X

  • Why We Love It: Has pockets at the hips, loose flowing silhouette, works for all seasons

This cotton maxi has an elegant tiered skirt with slightly puffed sleeves that look fabulous on any and all body types. You can also dress it up to fit any season—with knee-high boots and a cozy cardigan for winter and lace-up sandals and colorful earrings in summer—and plenty of events on your calendar. According to reviews, the bottom of the dress does have a lot of volume, but the top (i.e., the shoulders and bust) runs true to size, so go with your usual rather than sizing down.

Size range: XXS to XXXL

  • Why We Love It: Made from 100 percent cashmere, lightweight but still warm

Another cashmere pick, this crewneck sweater stands out against other simple knits because of the ribbed material, which adds a luxurious touch to a classic silhouette. Lots of reviewers mention owning this beauty in more than one color and rave about the Goldilocks-weight of the material—not too bulky, not too thin, but just light enough to keep you warm while still being breathable. The brand also notes that due to the delicate nature of ribbed cashmere, you may notice pilling after frequent use, but a fabric shaver or sweater stone can help maintain what is sure to become your new favorite knit.

Size range: XS to 3X

  • Why We Love It: Machine-washable, available in petite sizes

This breezy, silken blouse looks far more expensive than its price tag. It also has an interesting texture that gives the vibe of hammered metal, further adding to the luxe vibes. The roomy silhouette billows beautifully when tucked into pants, but would also work well if left untucked to skim over your hips.

Size range: XXS to 3X, also Petite

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