The colours Black and White are good basics for most women. Some women do look better in Brown than Black although black clothes are much easier to find.
Black & white patterns are simple ways to add variety to your wardrobe as a top or a bottom item and any colour goes with them.
The variations of patterns in black and white are endless. I could fill a whole book with examples. The easiest to find are checks, stripes, spots and abstracts.
If you have had your colours done, look in your PDF eBook or hard copy Colour Solutions book to find the patterns that suit you the best. Then look for those in black & white.
For today, here’s a quick guide to help you choose Black & White patterns that will flatter you rather than dull you down.
Black + White Patterns
Black & White patterns can be more black than white, more white than black or an equal distribution. Before you try any on, you need to know which combinations look best on you.
Those who have medium to dark hair will look best in Black & White patterns that have more black than white in them because this proportion will usually highlight their hair or eye colour. If you button up a shirt or have a top or dress with a high neckline, check carefully that it does not drain colour from your face. The shirt in the middle would be better with the top button undone.
Basic checks and stripes like these three examples usually have an equal proportion of black & white. With equal proportions you have to check out in the mirror which colour dominates. Sometimes the two colours can merge into a grey colour or a dull black. Step as far back as you can to check the ‘distance effect’.
Most Introverts feel more comfortable in a pattern with more black than white or an equal quantity. They also gravitate towards subtle or classic patterns. Mixing up a Black & White pattern with a solid colour like the dress above will lift your contrast to a medium level and make you shine a little more.
White + Black Patterns
This is when you can see more white than black in the pattern, even though it may be an equal mix like the top in the middle.
More white than black generally flatters those with fair and lighter coloured hair and those who have more white or silver in their hair or who are completely white or silver grey. A top, piece of jewellery or a scarf which has or gives the impression of being more white than black will also add lightness to your face if you have very dark or black hair.
Wide stripes give the impression of a lighter look and are particularly flattering when designers combine them with a small portion of narrow black & white stripes as in the top on the left. The leopard print Chicos jacket in the title graphic creates this lighter effect of white & black. The scarf on the right is a simple way to add oomph to a black top or an all-black outfit.
All Black & White or White & Black graphics patterns generally please Extroverts because the patterns are more dramatic and noisy.
Black + White Below the Waist
Black & White patterns worn below your waist in skirts, pants, shorts or jeans can be worn by all women because they are far enough away from your face to have no effect on it. Hounds tooth patterned pants like the one above can look more black or white or even grey depending on the strength of the colours. The skirt on the left is definitely more for extroverts while the maxi skirt can be worn by either Introverts or Extroverts. I have the 2nd knee-length skirt and it is blacker than this picture shows.
Patterned black & white skirts look best with single-coloured top. Do not limit yourself to wearing a black or a white top with it because purple, green, red, pink or blue tops all look fabulous over a black & white skirt.
My special tip is to look for a black & white skirt or pants as an alternative to straight black because it will lift your mood and look and attract others to want to come and talk to you.
Add a few Black & White or White & Black pieces to your wardrobe because they go with every solid-coloured piece you own.
For more information on Black & White combinations, go to Page 15 of your Personal Colour Solutions PDF Booklet (or page 17 of the PDF file). Don’t have one? Call me because knowing your best personal colours and patterns makes dressing easy and a pleasure.
Graphic Illustration Website Links:
Black & White designs – left = Vogue 9032; middle =Simplicity 1280 & right = www.ezibuy.com.au
White & Black designs – left & right = www.chicos.com & middle = Ezibuy
Black & White below the Waist – left & 2nd right = Chicos; 2nd left = www.jacquie.com.au & right = Ezibuy
PS – Some of these designs are no longer available. All are given to you to help you expand your thinking.
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