How to wear black without looking like a mama in mourning

It’s chic and it’s classic, but an all-black ensemble can make you look like you’re heading to a funeral instead of a playground.


Try these 8 easy tips to wear black without looking like a mama in mourning.


1. Keep your tones of black the same.

A faded black is going to look sloppy against a darker fresher, crisper black.

2. Brighten your face.

Nothing fancy here, just take some simple steps to brighten your dial to counter-balance the darkness of your outfit.

Try a facial illuminator such as NARS Illuminator $30 applied sparingly to your browbones, cheekbones, the inner corner of your eyes, and down the bridge of your nose. Or for a hint of a glow, apply some illuminator under your foundation.

A light, flesh-coloured eyeliner for your inner rims will brighten your eyes. And be sure to add a flush of colour to your cheeks for a healthy glow. For more tips on how to get a bright face in less than 4 minutes, click here.


3. Mix textures and patterns.

Try ribbed or fish net hosiery, woven belts, patent shoes, a sheer blouse, or a faux-fur vest.

For a luxe look try mixing patent, jersey, faux fur and cashmere 


4. Metals that mirror.

Accessorise with shiny metallics that will reflect the light and create a sense of lightness around your outfit. Think mirror-ball in a dark night-club. This works especially well around your face to brighten it up (see point 2) so look for earrings, necklaces and even hair accessories that shine.


5. Add a dash of colour.

A bright lip in red, orange or fuchsia, neon nails, or a scarf, necklace, bangle or earrings that pop will show you’re up for fun.


Olivia Palermo adds a subtle slick of colour in her flats and clutch.


6. Don’t hide behind your hair.

Pull your hair up and away from your face and into a cute bouncy ponytail or fun feminine bun to create a fresh, clean look and to showcase your fabulous face!


7. Show some skin.

Bare your arms when wearing a maxi skirt, or team shorts with a long-sleeved shirt or jacket to keep things sexy and flirty (and entirely inappropriate for a funeral).

Kate Moss looking casual and chic.
8. Dazzle with your smile.

Simple, free, and probably the most important tip of all. ;)


Think you’ve got all-black down pat? Then why not try our black out challenge – where we dare you to wear predominately black outfits every day for a week? Click here for the details.


What’s your favourite way to style up your all black outfits? 

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