Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Your Wardrobe Doesn’t Have to Be Black

If your wardrobe consists mostly of black, then I’m guessing that you aren’t inspired by what you’re wearing. Would you like to be?

I know, I’ve heard it all before – black is easy. I agree, dressing in black easy. This is what I hear in favour of black:

  • It’s easy to find – black is on every rack in every store.
  • It’s slimming.It is, but so is any dark colour.
  • It’s easy to mix and match. It might be, but it isn’t very interesting.
  • And last but not least, it hides dirt. I don’t know that this is a good reason to wear black.

Are you ready to spice up your wardrobe? Here are a few ways to kick black (at least some of it) out of your wardrobe:

  1. Prints: Adding prints to your wardrobe adds interest and colour. The prints available each season will vary and can include, animal prints, florals, stripes, geometric, etc. Prints are trending this season (Fall 2018) so this is a great time to add some prints to your wardrobe. You’ll find herringbone, glen plaid and houndstooth in stores this season.

To spice up your wardrobe I suggest wearing just one print at a time. Try a floral top with neutral pants or a solid top with a print pant or  print skirt.

  1. Texture: Choose textures like sparkle, ruffles, velvet, lace, ruching, etc. to spice up your wardrobe. Putting smooth textures together (especially black) can be quite boring. Don’t be boring. As with prints, use them sparingly.
  1. Accessories:   Scarves: Use scarves to bring outfits together. Choose a scarf with a print that has your best colours and ties your bottom and top together.

Handbags: A handbag is the perfect accessory to add pizazz to an outfit. Try a handbag in one of your favourite colours (one that picks up a colour in your outfit).

Shoes: Let’s not forget shoes. Bring attention to your outfit by choosing a colour other than black or brown. They just need to match in style and work with the colour of your outfit. Wearing a navy dress? Choose red shoes. Wearing jeans? Choose a print.