How to wear black if you don’t suit black

One of the best things I learned during my Colour Analysis training was How to wear black if you don’t suit black.   Black clothing is so easily available in the shops and the Fashion Industry pushes it as THE colour to wear.  They claim it goes with everything.  While it might suit some of us, for a lot of women (and men) it’s too bold, intense and ages us. So, how do we wear black when it doesn’t suit us?

How to Wear Black If You Don’t Suit Black and I really don’t suit black

How to wear black if you don't suit black. Strawberry blonde lady in black dress
How to wear black if you really don’t suit black. Strawberry blonde beautiful lady in black dress that overwhelms her more muted colouring.

I used to wear a lot of black and one day my Aunt commented that it really didn’t suit me. She wasn’t being mean, she was being honest.

I was in my twenties with dewy, youthful skin and soft/muted and warm colouring. Even with the advantages of youth, I could see it aged me and it wore me.  For me, it’s too strong, bold and intense a colour.  This gorgeous lady has the most amazing hair and that’ll go a long way to breaking up the black which is far too strong for her.

How to Wear Black If You Don’t Suit Black
Lower Your Necklines

Black dress with a low neckline, lady in black dress
Black dress with a low neckline, lady in black dress

If it’s a dress or a top, lower the neckline so the black isn’t too close to your face or neck.

A V neck, Scoop or Cowl neck that is further away from your face can make all the difference.

If you feel there area looks bare, try the next tip and add a statement necklace.

How to Wear Black If You Don’t Suit Black
Wear a Statement Necklace

How to wear black if you don't suit black - statement necklace
How to wear black if you don’t suit black – statement necklace

Wear a statement necklace or creamy pearls for warms and white pearls for cools, it’ll be closer to your face and negate the impact of the black.

If you prefer, choose a necklace in one or more of your best colours.  It’ll draw the eyes up to see your face first and not the black of your outfit.

How to Wear Black If You Don’t Suit Black
Scarves, Shawls and Pashminas

How to wear black if you don't suit black, scarves shawls or pashminas
How to wear black if you don’t suit black, scarves shawls or pashminas

Wear a wrap, scarf, shawl or pashmina in one of your wow colours, keep this between your face and the black outfit so your face looks youthful, lifted and healthy.   It really can take years off you.  I promise.

How to Wear Black If You Don’t Suit Black
Texture, pattern and fabric type

How to wear black, man wearing a tweed jacket
How to wear black, man wearing a tweed jacket to add texture and break up the heaviness of the black fabric

Instead of matt black, try textured black or black with a pattern (houndstooth checks in a tiny pattern) to break up the impact of the black and soften it.  Something like this Tweed fabric uses a lighter colour to soften the black.  In a larger pattern with high contrast that would be too intense for someone who is soft/muted but could be fabulous on a Bright Winter or Spring.

How to Wear Black If You Don’t Suit Black – Wearing Your Wow Make up Colours with Black

blonde lady in faux fur hat, animal print shawl and natural coloured make up

Make up helps, but lipstick can be an absolute godsend.  Wear a lippy to suit you and your colouring, it’ll work wonders.   You’ll notice the dark, almost black nails on this lady and they’re too strong for her, but the nude lipstick, textured faux fur hat and print wrap break up the deepest colours in her outfit.

Do you wear black even though you know it’s not your friend?

If any of these tips on How to wear black if it doesn’t suit you have been helpful to you, I’d love to hear from you.

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