If you’ve been following me for some time than you’re well aware that I’m a color junky. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually worn black. I just love color so much. Put me in a store and I always tend to gravitate towards the oddest, brightest most unique color. Shucks, I would be the bride to select a pink wedding gown from a sea of white. However, as much as I appreciate a good color splash, I can still appreciate the finesse, rich and monochromatic goodness of an all black look. If you’re like me, and find it hard to wear all black, here are some pointers on doing all black with a pop.
Mix It Up
If you’re wearing all black, the key to a great monochrome look is mixing textures. A lot of times all black can be boring because people don’t mix it up. The richness and sophisticated appeal come with applying different textures to your look. Try not to wear the color in one fabric type. Instead mix them up. If your wearing a silk dress try adding interest with a dose of leather, fur or organza to add the pop you need.
Add a Pop of Color
An all black ensemble sometimes screams for a pop of color. It’s the perfect base and is really hard to mess up. The best way to add in the pop of color is through your accessories. Think about adding your favorite color in a bag, coat, shoe or even a lip color. The best part; any color will work so take your pick. I’ve decided to break up my black with this neon over the knee boot. It adds the right amount of interest and edge factor to my all black look.
Add a Pattern
Another great way to add pop to an all black look is with a pattern. The pattern can be an embossing within the actual garment or a separate piece. Animal prints and snakeskin are perfect options. Why? Because most of them incorporate black within the pattern, therefore making it easy to match. They also naturally act as a neutral, so you can always add them to any monochrome look if you are missing a similar color tone. It will always complete a look.
Jazz up your accessories. Accessories always make any look pop. They can take a super simple look to new style heights. A great statement belt, bag, or necklace can add just the right of pop to a look. When doing an all black look your accessories will really make the difference; unlesss your outfit already has a really unique shape or aesthetic that lets it stand on its on.
For example I am wearing a simple blazer over a catsuit so it’s screaming for accessories. Worn alone, I would look totally acceptable, but we’re aiming for exceptional here. I threw on a leather beret, Bottega Venetta inspired belt, luxury bag and cool sunnies to add great interest.
Wearing all black is definitely a sure shot by itself. It’s chic, minimal and has the appeal to look expensive. But just imagine how your all black look will shine above the rest by following any of the four tips above. I hope you will give these a try. and in the words of Wesley Snipes “always bet on black”!
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