You know everything we always heard about black being the chic-est and the most slimming and the most flattering forever and always, amen? Well, turns out, that was a lie. I know. I know. The truth can be hard to hear, but someone had to tell you.
Black may not be your bestie.
Frankly, black is a little two-faced. It pretends it’s doing you all these favors, and then you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, and bam, you discover that it let you down. Your skin looks washed out. Your dark circles are extra circley. You look tired-er, somehow. (I know that’s not a word but I just HAD to use it here because I wanted to).
This is the thing. Black works well for people who look good in black. This is (usually) people with very dark hair, and also some people with very light hair, but not for the large number of people in the middle.
Because of black’s lying, cheating ways, I decided to do a little step-by-step guide to picking wardrobe neutrals that won’t let you down.
Introduction: Rethinking Black as Your Neutral
In the fashion world, black often reigns supreme as the ultimate neutral. However, for many individuals, especially those with specific hair and skin tones, black may not be the most flattering option. Join us as we embark on a journey to find the neutrals that truly resonate with you.
Take Cues From Your Coloring
- Start with Your Hair Color: Your hair serves as a guiding beacon for selecting your primary neutral. Using your eyes, or a color picker tool like this one, identify the dominant neutral shade in your hair. (This works whether your hair is its natural color or salon-created). This is your most Neutral Neutral. This color works best for expensive leather items like shoes, bags, and jackets.
- Add a Second Neutral: Your eyes hold valuable clues for selecting complementary neutrals. Learn how to extract hues from your eyes to enrich your color palette.
- Add Blue: If you don’t already have blue in your color palette, consider adding it, as it can represent the denim that many of us wear.
- Choose Your White and Your Black: Fill in any gaps by adding a dark and a light neutral that work with the other colors.
Find Your Celebrity Color Twin
To illustrate these color principles at work, I’ve selected 7 celebrities and used their hair and eye colors to create their perfect starter neutral palettes.
Use Your Best Neutral For Your Leathers
Bags, shoes, leather jackets, and other investment pieces should be in your best neutral, the color close to your hair. Here, some neutral bag options for the different color categories. You can shop all of these styles and many more right here.
What do you think of this system for choosing your best wardrobe neutrals? And what did you discover about your best neutral? Let me know in the comments!