Hands up if you own a little black dress?
*90% of women raise their hands*
Women have been taught for decades that everyone needs a little black dress. And, yes, a basic dark dress is incredibly versatile in the wardrobe, but if you've been following me for a while, you know that...
...a large percentage of women don't look good in black.
Yes, it's true. It is far from a universal colour - actually, it's one of the most difficult colours to pull off.
And even if you can wear black, it's still probably not the best option, colour-wise. That's why, instead of a little black dress, I recommend investing in a little dark dress.
Or, an LDD!
Read on to find out what an LDD looks like for each of the colour codes...
The Light Colour Code
Most Lights can wear black. The lighter your hair colour, the better black will look on you. If you have slightly darker-blonde hair, I'd go for a charcoal, or even navy or grey. Because a Light's colouring is so... well... light, we want to mimic this in her outfit. Black is the darkest colour out there, so it can be a little tricky. Choose a light pop colour to break up the black and make sure you have beautiful makeup on that will highlight your features, and you'll glow!
The Deep Colour Code
Deeps, on the other hand, look fantastic in black! Black mimics the depth in a Deep's natural colouring. However, it can look a little bland and boring on its own, so I always recommend pairing it with a pop colour or two. Here I've used the stunning clutch (seriously... can I have it?!) as the statement piece and inspiration for the rest of the outfit. I've pulled the gorgeous burgundy and blue tones from the clutch and used them in the accessories in the rest of the outfit. I also matched the necklace and the shoe to tie the whole look together.
The Soft Colour Code
Softs are the colour code that can wear black the least. Actually, they should completely avoid it altogether. I've chosen a soft grey for this Soft's little dark dress, though she could go even deeper than this. She could also try a navy. Charcoal is the darkest she can go (even that's pushing it). For her pop colours, I've used a triadic scheme of teal and coral - one of my favourite colour combinations - to add excitement to the outfit. On a side note, notice that I've kept the metals gold - try not to use both silver and gold in the one outfit, unless one of your pieces has a silver/gold mix.
The Clear Colour Code
If anybody suits black, it's a Clear woman. Clears look particularly beautiful in a black-and-white combination. Here, I've added a pop of red to the black-and-white scheme, which gives the outfit a super-dramatic feeling. This outfit would look stunning on a Classic Modern woman. A Clear doesn't necessarily have to have a black LDD, though; navy would look gorgeous on her, too.
The Warm Colour Code
Warms can get away with black... but why wear black when brown looks so much better? Technically black is a very deep, cool and clear colour (which is why the colour codes named after these colour characteristics can pull it off best) but Warms can just get away with it when paired with a pop colour. However, I definitely recommend Warms wear a brown LDD. Make sure you dress it up with some pops of colour, too! For this outfit, I chose a sunny orange and emerald green, but you could go with any pop colour from the Warm palette.
The Cool Colour Code
Cools can definitely wear black, as black is technically classed as a cool colour, so a Cool is fine to go with a black LDD. However, most Cool women have transitioned into this colour code because their hair has greyed. So since most Cools are over a certain age, it may be wise to choose navy rather than black. Black tends to be aging as it emphasises any darkness, discolouration, fine lines and wrinkles, so navy is a great option. I've also made sure to use silver rather than gold in this outfit, as Cools can't wear gold.
LDDs are such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe, as they can be dressed up and down depending upon the situation. The outfits I created today would be perfect for a more formal event, however a lot of the LDDs in this article could be dressed down for a slightly more casual occasion. No matter where you wear them, you'll always look gorgeous!
Which outfit was your favourite? I'd love to know! (Mine was the Deep outfit.) Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,