Friday, April 19, 2013
How to Wear Black with your Colours
Depending on your colouring you may or not be able to wear black well next to your face. Of course, some of you can - those with winter colouring, although even winters may find that they need a lift of colour near the face.
Black is a very handy neutral and most of us have it in our wardrobes. In the 1980's when I trained in colour, we were quite rule bound, and if you were a season other than winter, then you were practically forbidden to wear black. As I was a summer, and black is not in my palette, I always found this difficult, as I cannot easily find my colours in clothes or fabrics. And many of my activities required black clothing (and during the 1990's nothing much was available!).
Times change and it became more accepted that people will wear black (for whatever reason) whatever the colour consultant thought best! But if it is not in your palette do wear it in a way that flatters you. Here are some ideas for wearing black if it is not such a great colour for you - springs, autumns and summers especially.
1/. If you are wearing a black top, please have a lower neckline so that the black is not right up against your face. Use a round or V-neckline so that your face is framed by your natural skin tone.
2/. Wear your most flattering colours with black to compensate for wearing a colour that does not bring out the best in your natural colouring.
3/. One good way of wearing black is to frame your face with a scarf in colours that flatter your skin tone.
4/. You can also get the same effect by wearing jewelery in either your colours or a metallic in your colours (gold for autumn and spring, silver for summer and winter) .
5/. Wear a stoles, pashminas and capes in your colours against black clothing.
6/. With a black jacket wear a top or blouse in colours that flatter you. If you choose to wear white, try and wear a white that suits you - or use the scarf/jewelery trick.
7/. If wearing black on the lower half of your body, wear a top or blouse in your colours on the top half.
8/. Wear jackets in your colours.
9/. Why not swap the LBD for a LCD (little coloured dress) in one of your most flattering neutrals.
10/. If wearing black patterned clothes, use fabrics that have your colours in it along with the black. Or as we are sewers, trim your black garments with a flattering print with black and your colours combined.
AND: Wear lipstick in one of your colours.
I hope you enjoyed this week's introduction to colour.
Sarah Liz :)