How to wear colours that don’t suit you

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Black and White…

Remember this dress? I Like it a lot, and find it very comfortable. But I find it a bit difficult to style because it’s black and white…

Black and white, the two colours I usually avoid. Of course, I have both black and white clothes. And I wear both of these colours, though not very often. They’re not the most flattering colours for me, and I prefer bright colours anyway.

So, anything black or white is always a bit challenging. To avoid looking like I’m a member of the Addams Family, I need to add some colour around my face. But the thing is, I don’t like the look of black combined with bright colour. I don’t quite know why; something about it just looks a bit harsh, as if the black is draining the brighter colour or something.

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But this is black and white, so a bit softer than all black, and maybe a better match for bright colour. Because in my opinion this outfit (on me at least) definitely needs a dose of colour. Really, black and white may be a classic combination and timelessly elegant and all that, but it definitely does nothing to enhance my best features…

No, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a face as pale as mine needs colour. Sure, black and white may look fabulous on those olive-skinned, dark-eyed French women, or the tanned Mediterranean types. But a pale Nordic woman with pale blue-green-grey eyes and mousy brown hair needs a more delicate colour palette. Too harsh contrasts will just make her skin look sallow and emphasize every wrinkle. In fact, something a bit softer, say navy and white perhaps, would be so much more flattering…

Unfortunately, this dress is black and white, and the leather jacket is black, but like both of them… So, to make it work I need to add a splash of red. That always works; red is one of the best colours for me, and I can wear both warm and cold reds. So, red saves the day…

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Outfit details:

dress: Comma / leather jacket: Karen Millen (old) / scarf: Carolina Herrera / 

shoes: Clarks / bag: Lancel (old) / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

How do you wear colours that don’t really suit you?



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  1. Suzanne Carillo
    March 26, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I love this on you. I'm kind of the same with white and I also try to wear it on my lower half or put something between myself and the white like you have here. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      March 29, 2017 / 10:12 am

      I know… I envy those women who can wear white, it looks so cool. My solution is stripes: white with another colour.

  2. Shybiker
    March 26, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I agree with everything you say. You found the best solution for b/w outfits: a pop of red. Your fashion sense is admirable.

    • Tiina L
      March 29, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thanks. Red always works for me, I haven't come across a shade of red I couldn't wear.

  3. Patti
    March 26, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I think you handled this perfectly, and the result is a great look that flatters you. Thanks for linking up, xoxPatti

    • Tiina L
      March 29, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thanks, Patti.

  4. Nancy's Fashion Style
    March 27, 2017 / 6:58 am

    What a beautiful dress and I love the leather jacket on it! The scarf is perfect with the outfit!

    • Tiina L
      March 29, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Thanks, Nancy. It's one of my favourite scarves, it has many shades of red (and pink and even some purple), and it goes with so many of my clothes and several colour combinations.

  5. señora Allnut
    March 27, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Great outfit!, I like that you decided to wear your black&white dress adding color, sometimes a scarf makes everything better!, I think you look fabulous, funky and elegant!, love your jacket particularly!besos

    • Tiina L
      March 29, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Thanks. I need to add some colour, black and white on me is a bit blah, draining all colour from my face.I've had this leather jacket for years, and I still like it. It's really soft leather, too, so very comfortable to wear.

  6. Petite Silver Vixen
    March 27, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    You're so right. On us pale types black and white can look really harsh but your scarf is just the perfect softening touch, especially in those colours. I can absolutely see why you like that dress. Looks great on you, Tiina.

    • Tiina L
      March 29, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Thanks. But I have to say that sometimes I'm a bit envious of women who can wear a bit more dramatic black and white outfits…

  7. Ritu B
    March 28, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Great <3

  8. Elegance and Mommyhood
    March 28, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    A striped dress like this is seasonless and classic. I love how you spruced it up for Spring with the pretty floral scarf. Great look Tiina. =)Do stop by my blog pretty, and linkup with me on Thursdays. Come share your lovely style with me and my readers. Thanks, Ada. =)

    • Tiina L
      March 29, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Thanks, Ada.

  9. Laura Uao
    March 29, 2017 / 9:02 am

    First of all,I was very hesitant to buy online and was skeptical after purchasing as I had read positive reviews online.But when I received this dress lace dress, it did not let me disappointed.

  10. Jessica Jannenga
    March 29, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    I can relate! I love the jacket you have on and the whole outfit is very becoming, that scarf is so pretty and brightens your face. I try and do the same with a pop of color. Thanks for linking with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess

    • Tiina L
      April 3, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Yes, black (or white) is such a tricky colour to wear, if you are pale. But a pop of colour goes a long way, doesn't it?

  11. Nicole Mölders
    March 31, 2017 / 4:15 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. What a great way to wear this summer dress already.

    • Tiina L
      April 3, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks. Yes, it's a knit dress but it has short sleeves, so I often wear it with a cardigan when it's colder.

    • Tiina L
      April 3, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you.

  12. Emma Peach
    March 31, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    The striped dress and leather jacket look great together. The pop of red is the perfect finishing touch. I like to work a bit of red into a black and white or navy and white outfit, usually with a bag or jewellery. Thanks for linking up to Style With a Smile, hope you have a great weekend :-)Emma

    • Tiina L
      April 3, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      I like wearing a leather jacket with a dress, more so not as I'm getting older. But it still gives the outfit a bit of attitude.

  13. Daily Style Finds
    March 31, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Thanks so much for joining the Fabulous Friday Link Up. I love the pop of the red scarf to the look.LisaDaily Style Finds

    • Tiina L
      April 3, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Thank you.

  14. mummabstylish
    March 31, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    I really like this idea, the pop of red scarf looks so good. I'll be remembering this in the future.

    • Tiina L
      April 3, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks, Jacqui. Yes, red always works…

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