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‘I only wear Black. I don’t need my Personal Colour done.’
Well. Yes you do. And here’s why.
What I’m about to help you with applies whether you only wear Black or wear a lot of Black or have only a few Black or Black & White clothes.
Looking fantastic in Black is not just about adding red shoes or a red handbag. This is the only time I will mention ‘red’.
Here are your five baby boomer fashion style tips for looking fabulous in Black.
Tip 1 – The Key to Fabulous Black
The key to looking fabulous in Black is to follow the No 1 Style Tip – ‘Always wear Light + Dark in every outfit.’ Black is a dark colour. So add accessories that provide a light contrast – light, medium or bright colours depending on your personality.
Spread out your Personal Colour Palette over one of your black clothes. Particularly note those colours that make a ‘Light + Dark’ contrast as in the picture on the left. These are light to medium colours I have picked out from this Palette.
Tip 2 – Black + Light Neutrals
Find your beige and cream colours in your Personal Colour Palette. Add these colours as accessories to black rather than white because these colours give an elegant look to Black. The Polyvore outfit on the left would show your elegant, feminine personality. Take the flower off the belt and it would be straight elegant.
Brown is another neutral that looks fantastic with Black provided you choose mid-browns and light tans like this Polyvore outfit on the right. This ‘light + dark’ colour combination creates either a classic or natural look depending on your choice of accessories. You can look quietly fabulous and express your unique baby boomer style by wearing other colours rather than just black & white.
Tip 3 – Black + Light Shades of All Other Colours
Go back again to your Personal Colour Palette and isolate one by one all the light, pale and medium variations of each colour in your Palette. These will include pinks, peaches, lemons, lilacs etc. You will find amongst your light shades, colours that appeal to you. You do not need to buy and wear accessories in all these colours. Just concentrate on the ones you really like.
Like the Polyvore outfit above on the left, Black and light pink looks very feminine and a touch elegant. Your light colours will work just as well with a black & white top or dress as in the Polyvore outfit on the right. The light aqua softens the graphics pattern to make it more feminine. If you wanted to make it stronger you would us a brighter or stronger colour as the contrast accessories.
You can show your baby boomer personality in the light colours that appeal to you by the colour or the style of the accessory.
Tip 4 – Black + Light or Bright Shades of Your Best Colours
On the back of your Personal Colour Palette will be marked your six best eye, face and hair colours. Pick out the lighter or brighter versions of these colours. Add accessories in these colours to your black clothes. Your best colours are the most important part of your Personal Colour Palette. Please wear those colours regularly.
Lighter versions of any of your six best colours will create a gentle yet fabulous look. The Polyvore outfit on the left would look fabulous on someone with olive eyes. Omit the jacket for a better look. Brighter versions of these colours will lift your contrast to a higher level and may give a more dramatic yet fabulous look. These colours also create a fabulous contrast to black and white clothes as in the Polyvore outfit on the right.
Any bright shades will make you stand out more than women wearing the default black + red combination. Bright shades are for those with High Contrast in their Colour Palette who usually have a touch or a lot of Dramatic in their personality.
Tip 5 – Black + White Stripes + Spots
Most women know to add black & white stripe or spot accessories to plain Black for contrasting effect.
What about adapting the idea in this Polyvore outfit on the left. Here you have black & white spotted accessories added to a black & white striped dress. Baby boomers with some ‘dramatic’ in their personality can happily adopt this. You can reverse it to have wear black & white striped accessories with a black & white spotted dress.
You can also adapt this idea to a part black & white outfit rather than complete one.
Do you have a black & white patterned skirt or top or even pants or jeans that are not stripes or spots? If you had a black patterned skirt like mine on the right, you could buy a black & white striped or spotted handbag, shoes or jewellery when wearing it, no matter what colour your top is.
For more ideas on how to wear Black and look fabulous, check out my ‘How to Wear Black with Style’ Pin Board.
Action Steps (because Information is not Transformation):
* Get out your Personal Colour Palette and do what I did throughout this article. Go shopping for one or two accessories in the tips idea colours that appeal to you the most.
* Have an internal fashion parade. Get out your black & white tops or bottoms and all your light or bright coloured accessories. Try on any ‘light + dark’ combinations you find. The aim is to find new ways to wear your current clothes. Get more value from what you have already spent.
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