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Better than black

Way back last year, I wrote a post on how colour analysis can still work even if you are addicted to black, and I promised you a post on some even better options when you felt ready to ditch the black for good. Finally, that post has made it to the top of my never-ending list of post ideas.

Yes, black is 'timeless' and 'a classic', but the fact is that on most of us it is (a) really rather draining, and (b) unless you are wearing beautifully cut well dyed, non-faded designer black, it doesn't actually look any more elegant and well put together than any other colour (and I would argue that even that deep black designer piece might look even better in a slightly different shade which allows us to see the gorgeous cut and detailing, rather than hiding it all in a light absorbing swathe of darkness). Even for Winters (the only season to which we 'give' true black and white), there are alternatives within the palette, so whatever your season I'm going to try to persuade you away from the black.

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Kettlewell items shown: Silky V Neck in Ice Blue and Soft White, Mid Cascade in Black and Bright Navy, Jersey Pencil Skirt in Black and Bright Navy, Metallic Ballerina Pumps in Light Gold

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Kettlewell items shown: Silky Crew Neck in White and Soft White, Florence Infinity Scarf in Black and Fig

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Kettlewell items shown: Sasha Belted Cardigan in Oyster Marl, Long Vest in Black and Mocha, Long Leggings in Black and Marine Blue

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Kettlewell items shown: Faux Wrap Long Sleeve in Black and Charcoal, Jersey Trousers in Black and Charcoal, Florence Infinity Scarf in Fuchsia

mary on Apr 23, 2017 3:17 PM

Why do we wear black when it doesn't suite our colouring?

For women who want to look taller it is important to match shoes, tights and hemlines, and to wear one colour throughout. Very easy in black.

Barbara on Mar 15, 2017 6:59 PM

A little disappointed with this post. I hoped it would be more detailed like the 'How to wear navy' blog. Really 'black' addicts may need more temptation than this.

Melina on Mar 14, 2017 6:12 PM

Stella, black suits mainly just Winters, so you don't actually have to have dark hair and olive skin, after all Winters can have many different hair colours, and are often pale.

But as an Autumn, I have tried to replace my black wardrobe basics (which they nearly all are) with more Autumny colours, and have e.g. got one winter coat in dark chocolate brown (or mocha as it's called here); but I must say I can't really see that much difference between it and black in how they look against my skin etc... But as I'm also bored with black, I will keep on replacing :)

Sheila on Mar 04, 2017 11:33 AM

Would like to see white one hundred per cent cotton t-shirts with some scoop neck that can be worn with contrasting bright colours. Also for us slightly older ladies maybe a longer short sleeve? Or even three quarter one?

Stella on Mar 04, 2017 10:17 AM

I totally agree with your comments on Black and think it only looks fabulous on dark haired with olive skins like the Kardashian sisters. Love the alternative outfit ideas.

Susan on Mar 04, 2017 8:10 AM

As an autumn it has always been a problem to find basic items of clothing that are not black. Chocolate brown is hard to find in trousers and skirts. Even dark brown shoes are hard to find at the moment. Banish the black, which looks like a uniform, and how we hated all being the same at school!