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I wear a lot of monochrome/neutrals. Give them a bit of oomph with contrast accessories - scarf, shoes, tights, jewellery, bags etc. Leopard print, metallics, bold yellows, reds and green. I really like black and white stripes, polka dots in tops/skirts and dresses as well. I felt wearing eg bold yellow or silver shoes looked, or rather felt odd but I got past that as got so many compliments!
I've been emboldened to order some rose gold sneaker... hopefully they won't make me feel too clown like.
I agree re scarves etc but struggle with florals.
What colour bags do you think work well with blacks and neutrals?
I saw someone at supermarket earlier who looked great, she was wearing black trousers/ jeans, navy and white Breton too with bold mustard yellow cropped jumper on the top. I loved the yellow, must buy more yellow.
Has anyone seen any yellow items on their travels...?
I don't think people who suit black and grey need to oomph them up. They just look great them, full stop. So I can't help wondering why you're trying to build your wardrobe around colours that, by your own admission, make you look dull, dreary & bland?
You can base a minimal wardrobe on any colour. It doesn't have to be black or grey or even a so-called neutral. Why not pick one that suits you to start with?
Ok, I only mentioned it because I find that if a colour looks dull then it's a sign that it's not really right for me. But I'm not trying to tell you what does or doesn't suit you - you're the best judge of that, not me!
I often wear all black, but I generally wear different fabrics and textures to break it up. I don't try to add oomph, but this winter I have been wearing grey opaques with an otherwise all black outfit, if that's what you mean. I'm not a fan of colour with black, makes me feel like a ladybird or bumble bee or something. Just my opinion, but I think it can look a bit cheap.
I mostly wear all black for work, but generally have something colourful somewhere - shoes, for instance. Today I was wearing black wide leg crops, black top, and yellow trainers. I also have silver and cherry red brogues, and a bright red and pink coat.
I agree with Dulcimena on the colours + black front - I personally think that the colours that look chicest with (all) black are other neutrals e.g. grey, white, navy, brown/tan. Think metallics can look good so love the idea of metallic shoes with an all black outfit, OP.
Actually yes, I agree that coloured shoes can look great against an otherwise all black outfit - but personally I would go with a contrasting neutral like taupe or tan. But maybe I am not v adventurous (she writes, in black skinnies, black jumper and white trainers ).
My problem is that as I like black, I find myself adding black to black, then more black. It's all very black. I need help adding strategically placed contrasts.
Agree that neutrals work. But today I'm wearing all black with a black and coral pink print scarf.
I'm eagerly awaiting the rose gold sneakers I've ordered. Think a nonblack shoe (s) could be the key. I just hope they are not too shiny. I was alarmed by how mirror like the last pair of silver Supergas were. I don't need to see reflections of my jowls whenever I glance downwards; least of all distorted spoon like reflections of them...
I wear metallic shoes with black a lot - with trousers, with skirts and dresses/opaque tights. There's no trick to it, it's just a matter of getting used to having sparkly feet. Over the years I've been doing it I have had loads of compliments. If I were to say one thing it is that the shinier the shoe the plainer it needs to be. So I have plainish silver DMs, plimsoll-like trainers and brogues all of which get worn with dresses and skirts.