I’m sure if I dug around through the EIU archives, I might be able to find a post similar to this. But questions from curious fashion fiends seeking to make the elusive shade work for them continue to pour in. Recently, a message popped up in our inbox challenging us to put together a few styling tips and what better a time than now, as we transition from summer to fall, to share them with all of you.
First up, one of my favorite ways to wear black and one to which Style Icon Zana Bayne is no stranger:
SHAPE, LAYER, DRAPE
When a color is as flat as black, the best way to make it interesting is to layer and drape to your heart’s content. Take some pins or a belt to an over sized article of clothing and you’re in business. (I sense a “How to Drape” post coming soon.)
Style Icon Karen adds even more detail on top of her sheer embellished sleeves with zebra print booties and a white basic clutch. Both add dimension to an otherwise monochrome ensemble. Contrasting colors don’t always have to be complete opposites. Take notes from mejain whose green tights not only add a contrasting color but also, a contrasting mood.
ON THE SUBJECT OF COLOR
Rich, jewel tones work best for darker skin while bright colors flatter fair skin. Think cherry red vs. fire engine red; forest green vs. cerulean; goldenrod vs. yellow. Keep this in mind when choosing things like tights or shades of lipstick.
I’m not sure that’s a word but I see it on hair products all the time. If all black is the look you’re going for, texture can act in much the same way as color. Damaged jeans are the texture of choice for khans1024.
Regardless of skin tone or hair color, black can either be extremely flattering or incredibly unforgiving. We look in the mirror and feel like black either draws attention to our fair skin or falls flat against our dark complexion. I find that in most cases, we are our own worst critics and the truth is, we probably don’t look that bad. No rules are ever written in stone, but here’s hoping these will help those of you struggling to make black work for you.
I spoke to soon! TeenUgly has just put up a post on how to master draping. Ch-ch-check it out.