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How To Wear Black And Own It

25 Nov 2020

How To Wear Black And Own It

I hear it all the time. “Black goes with everything” “Black is slimming” “Black is just so classic” - but what if black is a colour that just doesn’t seem to work for you like it does for others?

I get it. I’m one of those people too. This Black Friday weekend - lets look at some ways to make black work for you - when it doesn’t.

Wear black in pattern

Gingham is so hot right now - those sweet little black and white checks are feminine and playful and a great way to make black work better for you when broken up into a delicate pattern.
Brighten it up with hot pink or deep red lipstick to bring some colour to your face.

Wear black in texture

Textured fabric is a ‘softer’ way of wearing colour, it’s almost a distraction from the colour itself especially if it has a shine and creates some movement while being worn. Sateen finishes, patent leather and pleating are some ways to wear black this way.

Wear black with animal print

You can’t go wrong with a hint of leopard print. It’s a subtle and classic way to tie black into your wardrobe while working other neutral colours like white, grey, brown or tan.

Why not start off subtly with a leopard pair of earrings or a rocker tee?


  1. Glassons Def Leppard Graphic Tee $49.99
  2. Country Road Knotted Strap Crossbody Bag $89.90
  3. Country Road Mia Turban Headband $44.90
  4. Country Road Ashley Sunglasses $149.90
  5. Portmans First Dance Sequin Dress $199.90
  6. Portmans London Jean Belt $29.9
  7. Merchant 1948 Memphis Mule $209.90
  8. Mi Piaci Piper Sandal $260
  9. Cue Satin Wrap Top $270
  10. Jacqui E Violet Jumpsuit $189.99

As a stylist, my job is to help you find your BEST colours, but you know what? Sometimes we just love what we love so this is where I help you with some tips on how to make things work.

Wear your best colours around your face and your least flattering away from your face or in small doses, accessories make or break an outfit so wearing your best metal is a forgiving way to make a least flattering colour work. Makeup will bring life to your face if black seems too heavy for your complexion - define your eyes and eye brows more and a lively lipstick will help balance out the strength of black against your skin.

Happy Shopping - remember, fashion is something to have fun with.

Stylishly Yours



Kerry Finlay

Kerry is Mum to 3 daughters, a British comedy addict and quite partial to a good burger. She is also an Auckland based personal style coach specialising in working with everyday women to achieve a confident personal style...