For the imperfect Fashion lover.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

How to wear black when you are pale.

Black and Red tartan trousers for Fall / AW15.

How can you wear black when you are pale....and you know it doesn't really suit you!
Black is a tricky colour to wear.

I know it is meant to be a failsafe fashion option. 
A 'go-to' colour when you can't decide what to wear. 
A classic. 
Perfect for any occasion.
Black is a hard colour to get right and as we get older, black can highlight dark shadows and wrinkles. I don't need any help with that, thanks!

What can we do to make it work?

Black and Red tartan with a statement necklace.

Black and Red tartan , tassel bag with a statement necklace.

I know that, with my colouring, I should be avoiding black.
My skin is pale with warm undertones, I don't have a cool complexion, I have very little contrast between my hair, skin and is not my friend.

If I choose to wear black near my face, I need to put on much more make up (not good when you are over 40!) and plenty of lipstick.
The best thing I can do is add some light between the harsh black and my face, that is where this statement necklace comes in.
It just gives a little illumination to that dark space and stops everything looking too harsh.
The same effect can be achieved by a colourful scarf or a collar.

Red, on the other hand, is my friend.
It is a colour I love to wear.
And, I am happy to see that it is going to be big this coming season.
On the catwalks various shades and tones of red have been paired with pinks.
I am definitely going to be giving that a try, but for now, I have gone for black.

I decided to pair these funky tartan plaid trousers with a black skinny-rib jumper which can be worn off the shoulder, if you like that look.

I needed a chunky flash of light near my face so I chose this statement necklace, last seen HERE with the same sleeveless coat, as it happens!

As you know, I am a shoe lover and it's normally "all about the shoes" but these black suede wedge Mary-Janes are not very remarkable.
They are comfortable and very well made but they do not make me squeal in delight (like some of my collection). 
I wore them today for a little height and comfort. Unfortunately,I needed to be on my feet most of the day. Boring, I know, but sometimes real life dictates my footwear.
Pointed black patent stiletto booties were my "dream shoe" for this outfit. Only possible if i had indestructible feet, and a fantasy life of leisure, which I don't...{sniff}

My new fringed bag finished things off nicely AND I even managed to add a pom pom, to cheer things up a little.

In the photograph below I have been joined by my scruffy dog, Jake.
He looks like a ragamuffin and a flea-bag, but I love him...and he loved my pompom too!

Black and Red tartan with a statement necklace.

Black and Red tartan with a statement necklace.

Do you ever try and make colours work for you, even if you know they don't really suit your colouring?
Please share any tips!


Trousers: ASOS
Jumper/sweater: Newlook (similar)
Necklace: Topshop
Bag: Primark
PomPom: Newlook
Scarf: Moschino
Shoes: Clarks originals
Vest/Waistcoat/Sleeveless coat: French Connection
Taking fashion and style photos at home.

A wee extra 'snap' of my little her miss-matched pj's. 
She has her own individual style, and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. 
She wears what she wants (daywear, nightwear, whatever) and rocks it! 
We should all take a leaf out of her book.



  1. Black is my favorite to wear and I'm also pale. :) I'd love you to join my Fridays Fashions link up.

    1. Hi Jaymie, Thank you for your comment. Black is certainly very popular!

  2. Love the touch of the scarf <3 beautiful and your little photographer is super cute! <4

    marisa //

  3. We are both in red today,ahhhhhhhhhhh I never thought of red not being kind to any colour skin.
    Happy Monday Samantha.
    You have the prettiest photographer.

  4. I love black against pale skin … and plaid is my fav right now! Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday & hope to see you back this week!

    Dawn Lucy

  5. I really love the tips! I needed them too. as I used to wear all black in college. I was a headbanger, a musician, this is what you do! Now, though, I dont wear as much black near my face as it is hard to pull off as you know I have fair skin too. I like the idea of a scarf or brighter piece near the face. Very helpful Sam!
    Thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesaday
    Jess xx

  6. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

  7. Lovely tips Samantha, and you are rocking the black and red here. I also love seeing your photographer :)
    Rachel xo
    Rachel xo

    Please join me for Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me Link up now LIVE here

    Garay Treasures

    1. Thank you, Rachel!
      She is a wee star and loves taking the close-ups.

  8. Thanks so much for linking up with Fridays Fashions. :)

  9. Love those pants! And your little photographer did a great job!!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.


    1. Thank you Alice, she loves to take the "close-ups"...playing with the zoom :-)

  10. Love the tartan pants, they are so cute! So much so that you are featured in tomorrow's link up as one of the Featured Fashionistas. Don't forget to check it out. :-)


  11. You look so cool in this look!! You nailed it. I still do not have a pair of those plaid pants, but I am thinking of trying them for fun. :) And I just realizes why I don't enjoy wearing black near my face...I have the same complexion as you. We make remarkable redheads. ;) But black does bring out my dark circles beneath my eyes. YUCK! Brown is much better on us. Thank you again for the post. You're blog may be my new favorite.


    1. Thank you Debra!
      I know that black is my frenemy, but I can't resist it's charms....sometimes I just "have to".
      You should buy your plaid trousers....and rock them!

  12. Hey Samantha I love this look! And, I have to point out that you are so slim and trim around your middle despite saying otherwise in a recent post to me! Red tartan and black are a marriage made in heaven - I do this often and think it looks stunning on you xx

  13. These pants look amazing! I love plaid anything, and these are no exception. I love that you kept the outfit simple, colour wise. Also the necklace is stunning!


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