Wearing color – loads of it, in big pile-on style outfits – used to be one of my greatest joys in life. And whenever the Trend Dictators declared that this season it would be JEWEL TONES! Or NEONS! Or SATURATED 70’s SHADES! I was thrilled.
And never surprised when very, very few folks actually indulged in these color gluts. Style bloggers may hop on the Technicolor train quite cheerfully, but the rest of the clothed world typically remains standing on the platform.
Because black? Black is eternally cool. Neutrals are perpetually chic. And most women want to as look cool and chic as possible as many days as possible. Neutrals are also a palette unto themselves and generally look fabulous worn in virtually any combination. They’re not only cool and chic, they’re relatively easy to work with.
Originally posted 2011-05-24 06:15:58.
A few folks have mentioned that they’d rather learn how to summer-ize black clothing than omit it entirely from the repertoire. So, here are my tips!
Bare a Bit
Every woman has her own comfort level with skin exposure, so I’m not gonna manufacture some dumb rule about how bare to get. BUT! Imagine if this dress hit at mid-calf and the sleeves weren’t scrunched. Even in lightweight materials, that much coverage might seem too heavy and dark for summer wear. Balance with your own preferences, but remember that black works best in summer when balanced by a hint of skin.
Originally posted 2010-07-12 05:02:00.
Big, bold brights are on the docket for spring, and I’m guessing that scares the PANTS off some of you. And even if you don’t care about trends and are, therefore, still in possession of your pants, I’ve got some tips for ways to wear fabulously bright shades without looking like a Rainbow Brite doll.
TAMP ‘EM DOWN WITH DARKS
Yes, I love to wear intense, bright red right next to my face. It is my favorite color, after all. But in this outfit, I’ve paired it with a dark navy dress, which turns that blaring brightness down considerably. Utilize dark jewel tones, deep blues and navies, or really any deep shade to tamp down your brights.
Originally posted 2011-03-15 06:32:40.