Here are a few more ways to be intentional with black:
BLACK AS ACCENT
When using black in accessories or accents, remember that incorporating it multiple times within an outfit will tie the pieces together seamlessly.
BLACK IN PRINTS AND PATTERNS
The pattern on this scarf is mainly pink and red, but it includes some black accents. That means that throwing on a black turtleneck tunic, dark skinnies, and black boots looks organic and intentional. Had the black been missing, or had it been a lighter neutral such as gray, all that black would look far less chic and natural.
Any time an item of clothing includes black in a pattern – even just a smidgen – it will pair beautifully with solid black garments.
BLACK IN BOTH HALVES
Black blazer and top, plus black boots. Since this borders on a neutral mix with only black and blue denim, adding a brown or other neutral shoe would’ve been fine. But adding the black boots to bracket the outfit creates a more polished look.
Black will look more fully incorporated into an ensemble if it appears in the top half and bottom half, instead of just one or the other.
BLACK IN NEUTRAL MIXES
And, of course, black looks fab in neutral mixes. An outfit comprised entirely of neutrals will look sophisticated and intentional if you include at least three distinct colors. In the outfit above, I have on a black top, olive pants, and brown shoes/accessories. I might be able to add one more neutral as an accent, but any more than that might tip the scales into neutral overload.
This is a very loose guideline, since many outfits with only two neutrals look very chic. But, as always, key with two is to repeat at least one of them somewhere within the outfit.
I wear more black now than ever before, but I always try to make it look conscious and considered. I hope these suggestions and examples make sense, and that they’ll help you suss out which ways you’d like to wear black intentionally yourself!
Originally posted 2016-03-14 06:34:38.