Learn when not to add a pop of color

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Black cashmere sweater with blush slingback kitten heels, collier de chien belt (own), white jade and black onyx statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery and layered mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store.

I am always in favor to add a pop of color for interest and to brighten up a gray or rainy fall day with two exceptions: Wearing black with blush or black and white together. These two color combinations are already themselves a statement and do not need a pop of color that would compete for attention.

Black with blush has such a nice tension sort of soft and innocent vs. strong and dark – the beauty and the beast. It’s a ballroom or ballet classic. The male black suit and the female blush tulle skirted leopard and ballet shoes. When you pair these colors in one outfit you get the stage dramatic tension of Romeo and Juliet instantly. Recall in these performances there are no other colors – for a reason.

Black and white are a classic and build on the biggest contrast between dark and light – day and night. The black and white combination can go from very professional to very dramatic depending on the cut and pattern. Black and white has been a trend as long as I can think off. It meanwhile is a go-to rather than a trend. Adding red to black and white is very risky. One easily ends up in Santa Claus territory. Keep it just simple: black and white. It is so mysterious.

You can find other examples of when not to add color here, here, and here.

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Quilted boxy blush leather jacket with blush slingbacks, collier de chain belt, black cashmere sweater, geige Jaeger tote, Dolce and Gabbana Madonna sunglasses (own), white jade and black onyx statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery, and layered mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store

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Disclosure: The necklace is from Almo Jewellery. You can find my review here. The skirt is a gift from Lookbook Store. They have a coupon for 5% on everything with the code SAS5.

Photos: G. Kramm (2014)

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