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January, 8, 2015

Going Neutral…

long-cashmere-cozy-sweater black-ray-ban-aviators black-rockstud-valentino-tote charcoal-grey-skinny-jeans ray-ban-black-aviators nude-christian-louboutin-so-kate-pumps grey-rag-and-bone-teeCardigan: Nordstrom | Tee: Rag&Bone | Bottoms: J.Brand, old (similar style) | Heels: Christian Louboutin (similar style under $100 here) | Bag: Valentino | Glasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: Nordstrom | Lips: Liner-Boldly Bare by MAC, Lipstick-Madere by NARS, Lipsgloss-Turkish Delight by NARS

Today’s look is all about neutrals! Pair a cozy cardi and basic tee with boots during the day and heels for a night out!

xo, Rach

  1. glamdevils says:

    Beautiful casual chic. I love the cardigan and the heels!

    xx Mira

  2. Red Reticule says:

    Loving these soft neutral tones on you and the long cardigan is really a must have these days.
    Red Reticule

  3. Caitlin says:

    Love the neutral tones that you chose! Such a chic look that looks so comfy!
    xo, C

  4. Enn Franco says:

    Perfect colors! Neutrals as well as monochrome always in trend and always win!

  5. Jessica Rose says:

    Grey is my favourite neutral colour…..and of course the flash of red is very nice as well!!

  6. Effie says:

    I love this look! I think neutrals are the way to go while pregnant. Your new hair cut looks great too! :)

  7. I LOVE this neutral look and your hair looks stunning!!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  8. Kyla Currier says:

    I love neutral color outfits and I love this one! You have such a glow to you!
    xo, Kyla

  9. Chottie says:

    Your hair looks amazing in these pics, Rach! Great outfit


  10. Rachelle says:

    Love this neutral look.


  11. Love your outfit Rach,
    Looks stunning.
    Teresa Quiroga Blog

  12. You look gorgeous in these pics and your hair is flawless! Great outfit. xx

    Audrey |

  13. sara says:

    u know what…I thought I loved you with red…but neutral is…great!!!

  14. Kiara King says:

    Judging by the snow, I think I would freeze to death in this outfit. But hey, that’s just me saying (the Aussie me, so I freeze in anything below 20C). Love the cosy coat, the Valentino and your beautiful bump!

  15. Super inspirational maternity look – i.e. you don’t really have to wear maternity clothing!! Love it! Gone are the days of Muu-muus :) I’m def going to be wearing my regular sizes when my time comes!

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  16. nat says:

    loving the simple look with neutrals

  17. sasa says:

    Beautiful! Looking fabulous as always:P

    Shall We Sasa

  18. Chrissabella says:

    Beautiful Outfit! Love the combo of pale grey on soft pinks!

  19. Love this look!!! You look so beautiful!

    xx Olivia

  20. Maryam says:

    You look AMAZING!! Can’t even tell you’re pregnant really!

  21. Federica says:

    That’s my favorite style! Love your hair.

  22. Cayli says:

    That cardigan is everything!!


  23. Adele says:

    I’m loving winter neutrals right now, so this look is a favourite Rach!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  24. Emma says:

    This maxi cardi looks so comfortable and warm for the winter!

  25. Caro says:

    Very beautiful outfit. I love the combination of grey and beige and the heels make an otherwise rather simple outfit a lot more chic!

  26. Cate says:

    How in the world are you not wearing maternity pants? I’m 20 weeks along with my first and there is no way that I could wear anything with a zipper or button right now.

    • Rachel Parcell says:


      Congrats on you pregnancy! My days are very numbered in my regular jeans, I have to tie a hair elastic around the button because I can’t button them anymore haha! I’m holding out as long as I can on wearing maternity jeans because I can’t find any washes I like. :)

  27. Stef says:

    Love this neutral look- on a day to day basic I stick to neutrals, so it’s nice to have new inspiration. Love that cardigan!

  28. Ashley Rae says:

    LOVE this combination. Just ordered a pair or grey denim, I’ll have to pair it with a grey tee. Comfy, but classic!

    xx, Ashley Rae

  29. Summer Ann says:

    Such a cute, casual look! And I love your hair like this!

    Summer Ann

  30. valentina says:

    I love neutrals,amazing outfit.You look beautiful Rach.I love your bag ♥

  31. I love this!! Gray and beige is one of my favorites this winter.
    xo Jaime

  32. Katy says:

    Love your hair in these pictures Rach! I love this neutral look :)

    xo, Katy

  33. Soraya says:

    You hair looks absolutely gorgeous and love this chic and timeless outfit. That long cardigan looks so cozy and warm and love the skinny jeans. Great outfit overall, thanks for sharing — Soraya

  34. Jeanne says:

    I love the beige and grey colour combo! And your pumps are amazing!

  35. Melissa says:

    one of my favorite looks you’ve ever done. Simple and chic! <3

  36. Paulina says:

    I can’t get over these pictures and how beautiful this basic neutral outfit is! And I don’t think I need to mention how cute is your baby bump peaking out in the pictures! Adorable!


  37. Rach says:

    I love this neutral look. You look absolutely stunning!

  38. Kristin says:

    Your hair looks so pretty like this!!!

  39. Leanne says:

    What a gorgeous look!!! Your hair looks amazing.

    Love from South Africa

  40. So effortless chic! Definitely one of the most stylish mom-to-be I have ever seen!
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  41. Taylor says:

    This is one of my favorite looks. Your hair looks great like that! Blowouts are the best.

  42. Laura says:

    Loving the gray and tan combo, so pretty! A great effortlessly chic look, and your hair looks gogorgeous!

  43. Sara Kate says:

    I love the long cardigan look! You look positively radiant, you definitely have the pregnancy glow going on!

    Sara Kate Styling

  44. Ananya Ashlesha says:

    Absolutely loving this soft neutral look and those heels are must have…. :)

  45. Liz says:

    love this look — neutral is gorgeous

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  46. Candace says:

    I’m such a sucker for neutrals! Love this look.



  47. Adrienne says:

    Great little look!
    I am loving that bag…it seems to go with everything! :)
    -Adrienne. xo

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  48. Rebecca says:

    Hi Rachel, your pregnancy style is so awesome! I’m curious if you have any tips for wearing jeans with a baby bump? It seems like you may still be wearing non-maternity jeans and as a fellow pregnant lady I’m curious if there is a trick to it? Congratulations on your expanding family.

  49. Gorgeous classic look and I love your hair!

    Heidi D.

  50. Chelsea says:

    Such a great outfit. My office is a casual wear office so this would be a great outfit to wear to work. Thanks for being such a great fashion inspiration!

  51. Your hair looks gorgeous and I love grey with nude!! I will have to try this soon!!


  52. Sarah says:

    Absolutely loving these photos! Your bump is too adorable, and the lighting/photography is great.

    x Sarah

  53. carly says:

    Perfect casual yet styled look!
    Your baby bump is so cute. It’s so much to watch it grow as you post outfit photos
    The Doctor Diva

  54. Signature Rachel look – love it! :) And that growing bump of yours is SO cute!!! Xo, Alison

  55. Huong says:

    Gorgeous look, Rach! I love how you posed naturally.

  56. Lyndsay says:

    That cardigan is such a pretty color! What an adorable outfit.

    prosecco in the park

  57. Diana says:

    Cute outfit, love your purse!
    ~~ Diana~~

  58. Claudia says:

    Perfect outfit- love the simplicity. You’re hair looks gorgeous!!


  59. Ann-Louise says:

    I like your hair like that, beautiful!

  60. Dominika says:

    Amazing. Gorgeous hair =)

  61. kiely says:

    love your straight hair!! do you wear extensions?

    xo, k

    • Rachel Parcell says:

      Thank you! A year ago I would wear clip in extensions sometimes but my hair has shot down since then so this is my natural hair! Could be because of all the prenatal pills I’m taking?


  62. Margo says:

    Love this simple, neutral ensemble and your hair looks amazing! But I need to know, how are you still fitting into those non-maternity jeans?!? I’m only 18 weeks and have resorted to maternity jeans and leggings at this point. I too am very slim and only have a belly, but the non-maternity jeans just don’t come close to closing…

    Please share your secret!

    • Rachel Parcell says:


      Congrats on your pregnancy, so exciting! I randomly still fit into my jeans that have stretch in them. I can’t button them up anymore so I just a hair elastic around the button and button hole to keep them closed. I’m having a hard time finding washes of jeans I like that are maternity so I’m wearing my regular jeans until I absolutely can’t!

      Where do you buy your maternity jeans from?? I need help!



      • Margo says:

        Thank you so much!

        I was doing the hair tie trick for a while too, but maternity jeans are just soooo much more comfortable. I actually bought the store brand ones from Destination Maternity. They are sized XS-L and I purchased the XS. They fit great and look like premium denim {I work for a luxury retail company and my coworkers are surprised at how chic they are!}. I got the full paneled – over the belly – ones, which are great for the cold winter we are having in NJ, and have plenty of room for my belly to grow.

        For side panel, I really like J Brand. Those are great when you are wearing something tighter so you can’t see the panel.

        If you come across any other chic maternity wear gems, please send suggestions my way! I’ll do the same :)

  63. I love how your outfit is cozy chic!!! I’m obsessed with neutrals!!



  64. Paige says:

    I’m loving the neutral colors in this look, and that Valentino bag is just gorgeous!


  65. Shae says:

    Love this long cardigan! It looks cozy.

    S. Roderick

  66. I love the look I wore something similar to that today! Xoxo

  67. Scarlett says:

    Love how cute yet casual this outfit is!
    xo, Scarlett
    The Trendy Chick

  68. Melody says:

    You have an amazing way of making a classic ensemble look so romantic and chic. Those upscale accessories are to die and your hair is so lustrous!


  69. Gorgeous look! Your hair is looking so long and healthy

  70. A pair of grey jeans is definitely on my list right now. I love how you layers all the neutrals. Greys and nudes and such an underrated color combo.

    xoxo, Elena Michelle

  71. Aneta says:

    I love your cardigan. Seems to be perfect for winter and looks very cozy. Have to find a similar one!

    Gorgeous pictures :)


  72. Steph says:

    Love the side part in your hair today. Looks great!

  73. Grace Denny says:

    NAILED it! The cardigan and tee are fab – they look so cosy! I’m all about dressing in good basics! Love it!

    XO, G from grace’d

  74. Kim says:

    I love this outfit – and your hair looks so gorgeous! How do you get it so smooth?!

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  75. Perfect look, love your bag!
    New look on my blog ;)

  76. Reece says:

    I love this outfit! Super simple and great colors! Your hair looks amazing, too!

    Reece x

  77. Rachel says:

    I love this look! Your shoes are my fav :)

    Blonde with a Chanse

  78. Stunning, I love the simplicity of this, but it still makes a statement.

  79. Emma says:

    Sooo pretty Rachel! You always have the cutest practical outfits!!


  80. You look amazing in this outfit! I need to get the top in my wardrobe too.

  81. Jenna-Mae says:

    You look so cute and cozy!

  82. Sasha says:

    Lovely as always!

  83. Love this mix of neutrals! That cardigan is so chic and cozy too. :)

  84. kelsey says:

    you look SO fab! love this outfit and your hair/make-up are on point

  85. How can you look so good in such a casual outfit!? :)

  86. Krista says:

    Neutrals are my forever favorites. Looking cute, mama!

  87. Eva says:

    A beautiful neutral look. I love the combination of grey and nude! xx

  88. Cami says:

    I love when you do your hair straight!! Beautiful as always

  89. Jo says:

    Beautiful look! Love how you styled your hair in this post!

  90. Baanou says:

    Loving this neutral ensemble!! Looks AMAZING!

    xo Baanou

  91. Araba K. says:

    Love the length and color of the cardigan.


  92. Kimberlee says:

    You should wear your hair down more- you are stunning! Love this neutral look!

  93. Meagan says:

    Love this “laid back chic” look!

  94. You look great in long line cardigans! Love your side part too

    xx Fortune

  95. Eden says:

    You are glowing! Love this look.

  96. Natassia says:

    Even with a neutral casual outfit, those heels elevate the whole look to something special! :)

    Geekette in High Heels

  97. Andrea says:

    I’m loving your hair styled like this Rachel…so sleek and shiny!


  98. Emily says:

    I LOVE this. You look fantastic :)

  99. Kathleen says:

    Gorgeous combo!

  100. Jillian says:

    Neutrals are always the best! Looking fabulous!!


  101. Miri says:

    These photos are so beautiful! You look stunning!

  102. Ada C. says:

    You look so glowing! Love how you always add a bit of chic to your casual outfits :)

  103. I love this. SO. gorgeous.

  104. beth says:

    your hair looks amazing in these photos!


  105. Jenny says:

    Great cardigan – so cozy looking!!


  106. Sydney says:

    hair looks phenom! Your bump looks so cute :)

    xx, Sydney

  107. nikki says:

    you look amazing!! love your hair here!

    xx nikki

  108. Prudence Yeo says:

    Simple but effortlessly chic outfit! Love the neutral color palette, beautiful and so graceful!


  109. sammie says:

    Once again a very classy look even if it’s quite simple. Your hair looks wonderful when it’s more straight and so long,wow :)

  110. Denise says:

    Your hair looks divine! Props to you for wearing those heels while pregnant ;)

  111. I love your hair straight like that…so pretty!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  112. Sofia says:

    What a great haircut you got. Love it.

    Happy Friday!

  113. I’m loving your hair blown out like this! So pretty!

  114. Becky says:

    I think this may be my favorite outfit you have every posted.

  115. Faith says:

    This look is beyond stunning Rachel! Your hair also looks amazing.

  116. eclética and chic says:

    So fab! Love the colors!

  117. Serena says:

    I love that you didn’t curl your hair for once! Absolutely beautiful <3

  118. Jessica Lirette says:

    Are you wearing maternity jeans? Since your belly has grown do you use anything in particular when you wear your normal jeans/pants? Thanks!

  119. Edina says:

    Nice look, loving the cardi!

    Printed or Plain

  120. Keelin says:

    It’s great to see a more casual outfit! You’re totally rocking it. xx Keelin

  121. foodfashionandfow says:

    These neutrals are so gorgeous!

  122. Hannah says:

    Your hair looks amazing! I hope you continue to rock the side part over the middle part because you are!!!

  123. You look amazing, Rach!! I love the neutral color palette you used here, it’s so chic!!

    XO Courtney

  124. Liz says:

    I love this look! I love this long neutral sweater- it is the perfect versatile piece!


  125. Michaela says:

    Your hair looks soo good! I’m loving this relaxed casual look.

  126. Jill says:

    your hair looks great in these pics! I love the cozy casual look too.

    XO, Jill

  127. Libby says:

    Love all of the neutrals! And I love the linked $100 version of your Louboutins!

    Stylin’ Iowan Blog

  128. Love this so much. The setting ads alot to the pictures too. Beautiful.

  129. Love M & O says:

    Loving your hair and that cardigan!!

  130. Domenique Johnson says:

    Just happened upon your website while looking for kitchen inspiration for our new home…you are adorable. Would love to see more photos in the Home Interiors section. Congrats on the little one :)

  131. Hoda says:

    Great outfit! love the cardi, will most likely be getting it!

  132. Katie Stuart says:

    GIRL you need to part your hair on the side more often! You look GORGEOUS!!!

    XO Katie

  133. You look beautiful Rach! Love your hair straight like that too! God bless you and I hope you have a great weekend! OXOX

  134. TANGOELLA says:

    Such an easy outfit with great taste. Love the sunglasses.

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  135. Absolutely adore all of these colors together! So cute! :)

  136. Jacque says:

    I love this neutral look, especially your oversized cardigan. So chic!


  137. Erica says:

    I’m loving the neutrals! And the straight hair is so chic!

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

  138. Abby says:

    Love the side part!!!

    This type of style really suits you!

    xoxo One Stiletto At a Time

  139. meg says:

    your hair looks great!

  140. Nikki says:

    This is so cute! love the casual outfit with the heels!

    xoxo Nikki

  141. Jane Chris says:

    Oh Rach iam so happy you are pregnant ,you look so cute.My english is not good because i speak only french iam just trying to speak in english.Congrats!

  142. Pamela Gonzalez says:

    Loved the neutral tones :)

  143. emily says:

    loving the neutral look and your straight hair! xo

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

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