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Page 2 in the conversation "Thoughts on black" by anchie
I've also been finding myself recently moving away from some of the black pieces that were staples. As I'm still coloring my hair, I had been a bit puzzled as to why they seemed to look different on me. Now I'm wondering if it's not to do with the loss of pigment/changing skin tone that can happen as we age. Need to experiment with changing the makeup I wear with them and/or perhaps layering them more with lighter colors before I decide whether it's time to switch over to another neutral like navy or gray.
I think a medium neutral would be a good substitute. Imogen talks about ideal value, being your best colors are near darkness to your hair color. Yours could be brown, grey, taupe, olive, mid blue etc.
Suntiger “near darkness to your hair color”?
Here's that post. Just her theory, but it makes sense. It looks balanced.
ST, so wear things that have similar grey value as your hair, or are darker. Is that right?
Well she's saying lighter neutrals with lighter hair and darker neutrals with dark hair- though of course there's still color season to take into consideration...
It may not hold up as well with DA or DW, cause my mom is all grey and still better with deep colors.
I am hot and cold about black but always have some in my wardrobe. For a long time I used gray, especially charcoal, as my replacement for black. It just didn't seem as harsh. Lately I have been wearing more black again. Now that my hair is gray I wonder if I should switch back to gray?
If I were you, I would wait and see if I miss any of these items - but then I am not nearly as much a planner as you are.
I really like the idea of new lighter neutral and did some quick looking arround to see what is available but nothing is calling me. No wonder black is so popular, it is so much easier to find.
You could so slow and replace piece by piece. I happen to like navy with black as long as there is a clear distinction and looks deliberate. I would replace items worn close to the first first.
SO much easier to find!
I do wonder about the navy and black if you could mix it in some way like BJ1111 suggests above. I tried that in the past 2 years with the navy/black top worn with my navy/black snakeskin pants, and this year added my black/silver high vamp loafers to the outfit. I have felt it works really well.
Pic from May- sorry the details are not that clear.
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Also ( I have too much time on my hands this afternoon it seems, but it is a day off...) I liked your idea of a more textured black or of black-and-white, and realised how much I have of that- must stop buying, have plenty!
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Thanks Jenni, this is very nice outfit but it did help me realize that maybe the reason I don’t like navy with black is that it is just too much dark neutral in one outfit for me. I like your black patterned items, I have similar amount.
Do you really need a dark neutral? Why not try using black and white (menswear) patterns instead?
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