Monochromatic looks win with a pop of color …

…. but desaturated outfits? 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 leotard 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.

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Of course, one has to make sure that a desaturated outfit in all neutral colors keeps interesting.

#LookbookStore #streetstyle woman in black sweater and blush pink skirt
Black Anne Klein cashmere sweater with Via Spiga blush slingback kitten heels, collier de chien belt, Madonna Dolce&Gabbanna sunglasses, Hermes H-bangle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, native inlay watch,  (all own), white jade and black onyx statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery and layered mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store.

Black and white are a classic

This color combination builds 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 when pairing white, black and leather in one look, and when pairing white and winter white for an outfit.

fashion blogger over 50 in blush quilted leather jacket and other desaturated colors top and bottom
Quilted boxy blush leather jacket with blush slingbacks, collier de chain belt, black Anne Klein cashmere sweater, geige Jaeger tote, Dolce and Gabbana Madonna sunglasses (all own), white jade and black onyx statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery, and layered mesh skirt c/o Lookbook Store

Photos: G. Kramm

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