Fashion

Stylish Ways To Wear Black And White

11 total views

Is there a more classic color combination than black and white? It always looks chic, no matter the time of year. As we head toward fall, I’m again reminded of the timeless qualities of a black and white outfit. Today I’m sharing some stylish ways to wear black and white, even if black is not your most flattering neutral.

I’m joining my stylish pal, Cindy, for our monthly Over 50 Style Edit on black and white in the summer.  We seem to love this topic because we covered last summer here… 3 Ways To Rock Black & White Over 50

Most of us are still in melt-down summer heat mode, so the thought of wearing black leaves us cold. Sorry, bad pun. The truth is that black clothes are physically warmer during the summer because they absorb warmth from the sun. So can you wear black and white in the summer? Yes, with attention to placement, fabric, and quantity.

WHITE LONG LINEN BLEND  CARDIGAN / TANK TOP / SIMILAR PANTS / HANDBAG / BLACK ESPADRILLES / EARRINGS / SIMILAR SUNGLASSES

Many women have stopped wearing black because it’s less flattering against their aging complexions. Even women with strong personal contrast may find black less than ideal because aging skin is duller and reflects less light.

You may enjoy- How To Find Your Personal Contrast Level And Why It Matters

I’m not willing to give up the simplicity, sophistication, elegance, and ease of wearing black, so what to do?

WHITE JEANS / SIMILAR ESPADRILLES / SIMILAR TOTE BAG

6 ways to wear black when it’s not flattering on your complexion.

  • Wear it on your bottom half or in accessories. The further from your face, the less it drains your complexion.
  • Choose softly woven, matte fabrics without reflective qualities. Blacks all vary, so avoid tightly woven ones with sheen.  Loosely woven linen and cotton gauze produce gentler blacks.
  • Opt for an open neckline that allows more skin to show between the top and your face.
  • Brighten your lipstick. Be careful of deep or brownish colors that can drain your complexion. Stronger colored lipstick that has some gleam adds life to your complexion. 
  • Add a flattering colored scarf or necklace between your face and the black. Pretty earrings in your best colors brighten your face and help draw the eye away from the black. 
  • Choose black in a pattern that tones down its impact.

Black can also be worn strategically to alter the visual proportions of your shape. If you’re larger on the bottom, black or any dark-colored pant or skirt makes the area recede and appear smaller. Be aware that where you punctuate an outfit with black draws the eye.

This black purse, hanging over the white sweater at my hip, makes a focal point and widens my shape right where it hits. Luckily, I have straight, narrow hips and can get away with it…but it’s still not optimal 🙂

woman wearing black top and white pants
WEARING –  QUINCE LINEN SHIRT  /   STRAIGHT-LEG PANTS SOLD OUT- SIMILAR HERE  LEATHER & STRAW HANDBAG ON SALE / JACKROGERS SANDALS  SUNGLASSES / BRACELET

Linen, lightweight cotton, and rayon are my go-to fabrics for staying cool in the summer. That makes them the best option for black fabrics in hot weather. This Quince linen shirt is quite cool to wear because it stands away from my torso, and its cropped length means I don’t have to tuck or half tuck to lengthen the look of my short legs. Polished cotton and linen often have a sheen, so look for gentler fabrics.

Here, I’m wearing it with some Lululemon straight pants, which seemed to sell out the second I bought them. I paired it with a black leather and straw bucket bag and white Jack Rogers sandals.

wearing black and white in hot weather
WHITE PIMA COTTON CARDIGAN  /  BLACK COTTON PANTS  /  COTTON SHIRT OLD, SIMILAR HERE, AND HERE  /  SUNGLASSES

Combining black with white in a pattern or print is a no-brainer way to get the classic look. This gingham shirt gets more wear than I ever expected because it goes with every color. It’s also a classic pattern for spring and summer.

woman wearing black and white summer outfit
WHITE DENIM JACKET SIMILAR COTTON BLACK TANK  / LINEN PANTS OLD-SAME PANT IN NAVY AND WHITE

A denim jacket is too warm for many climates in the summer, but this could be easily replaced with a lightweight cotton or linen cardigan like this. The black and white striped linen pants appear gray, which is a soft look for hot days and more in tune with my soft coloring.

WHITE LONG LINEN BLEND  CARDIGAN / TANK TOP / SIMILAR PANTS / HANDBAG / BLACK ESPADRILLES

Black accessories also add a fabulous pop to all-white outfits. Here I’m wearing white on top, and the rest of my look is black. The linen blend cardigan comes in black, but I’ve learned it’s too hot to wear in the summer where we live. Black cotton espadrilles breathe, so my feet stay cool.

Are you a fan of wearing black and white?

Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

Let’s see what Cindy is styling Cindy Hattersley Design

SHOP MY LOOKS

Share this Post

About Us

Celebrating our best lives at fifty and beyond! 50ismorefun brings you motivational news and stories centered around life, fitness, fashion, money, travel and health for active folks enjoying the second half of lives.