Solid black wardrobe items are spectacular when you wear the colour well. Chic, dressy, streamlined, strong, hard-edged, and dramatic. But it can also look harsh, flat, draining and overwhelming. Black is not a universally flattering colour.
Tame black by wearing it as a pattern, as bottoms, with another strong solid, or as outfit accents. Soften black by showcasing skin. Break up its expanse with texture. Make it sparkle with accessories. Wear stronger make-up to match its drama.
Sometimes wearing solid black is dead right. It allows you to blend in when you don’t want to stand out. It can be practical, versatile, dramatic and easy. But if black isn’t for you, complement your style with another dark neutral, like navy, chocolate, or charcoal.