Do you want to know how to wear black with colour successfully?

Bright jacket teamed with black, they are both fighting for attention.

Bright jacket teamed with black, they are both fighting for attention.

A top that has plenty of neutral tones in it, helps to calm the outfit

A top that has plenty of neutral tones in it, helps to calm the outfit

Bold & bright colours have been in fashion for a while now & look to stay. If you think it’s best to team your bold hue with black, think again! Most stylists would consider black a colour & not a neutral! Are you surprised by this? Black in itself is a really strong colour, therefor teaming it with another equally strong colour, causes a fight for attention.

Just to clarify, neutral colours in the world of fashion, are simple colours that you can wear with everything. Colours such as beige, nude, navy, grey, cream, white, brown & charcoal; are perhaps better options to choose from because they will work with any other colour & not fight it for attention, but rather compliment & calm.

There is a BUT coming here…while it might be ideal to own separates in every colour of the rainbow, it’s not always practical. When you have a pair of fabulous black pants that tick all the right boxes for your shape & style, do you really have to give them up when teaming with this seasons citrus yellow jacket? Like any fashion rule of thumb there are some ‘get out clauses’!

To make black work with any colour, bold or otherwise, here are some ideas to bring calm to your outfit. Think of it as feng shui for fashion! Basically all you need to do is add one piece in your outfit in a neutral shade of some sort. Keep in mind that accessories can also be included as theses calming pieces; shoes & scarves are great options. Accessories tend to be smaller in proportion, to really make an impact, you will need to incorporate as many as you can in neutral tones to your outfit to make a difference.

Black jacket & pants with a coral top...too harsh!

Black jacket & pants with a coral top…too harsh!

Soften the look by swapping the pants for a black & white print. From a distance they appear a charcoal colour.

Soften the look by swapping the pants for a black & white print. From a distance they appear a charcoal colour.

Play it up even more by adding a scarf that has plenty of neutrals in it's pattern.

Play it up even more by adding a scarf that has plenty of neutrals in it’s pattern.

A lighter grey pant also works as an option. Any skirt or trouser in a neutral tone will work instead of black.

A lighter grey pant also works as an option. Any skirt or trouser in a neutral tone will work instead of black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can choose a different neutral like this tan/beige tone. Works well with a yellow top & black jacket.

You can choose a different neutral like this tan/beige tone. Works well with a yellow top & black jacket.

Black pants with a coloured top? Team with a neutral tone jacket like this white short sleeved one.

Black pants with a coloured top? Team with a neutral tone jacket like this white short sleeved one.

You can team the black & colour with a cream jacket also.

You can team the black & colour with a cream jacket also.

Patterns like this black & white jacket work really well when teamed with a colour & black.

Patterns like this black & white jacket work really well when teamed with a colour & black.

Think outside that box! this neutral & blue tunic has block colours all in one garment. Perfect teamed with black skinny jeans or leggings.

Think outside that box! this neutral & blue tunic has block colours all in one garment. Perfect teamed with black skinny jeans or leggings.

Consider denim as a neutral. Great to be used when teamed with colour & black.

Consider denim as a neutral. Great to be used when teamed with colour & black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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