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Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019

Contrast for style

The best way to wear black is to pick a favourite contrasting colour to ‘soften’ up your look. Scarves work well for balancing colour, writes Nida Mahmood.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2008 17:02 IST
Nida Mahmood
Nida Mahmood
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Hindustantimes
         

Does the colour black suit everyone? I am a woman in my 40s. I am tired of wearing black. And I also feel it makes me look darker. Do suggest how one can utilise such a magical colour.
—Priyadarshini Chadda

The best way to wear black is to pick a favourite contrasting colour to ‘soften’ up your look. Scarves work well for balancing colour. If you have a very light skin tone, or if you have coloured hair, you can go with chocolate brown coordinates instead of black, which is complimentary to your very light look.

For evening events, black dresses are always in fashion no matter what your age or skin tone. Wearing lipstick and bronzer can give a pretty, balanced look to an all-black ensemble. And adding a silk wrap in a bold colour or floral pattern can give you dress and ‘all-over look’ an exciting, well-put-together aura.


I work in a corporate house. I must wear formals for work and there is normally no time to change if I need to go out after work. Please suggest ways to transform formal look to evening when hard pressed for time. —AnjaliSahni

There are several ways to transform a formal outfit to suit the need of an evening out. Try romantic blouses with ruffles, bows or lace worn under a suit jacket. Then you can easily drop the jacket for a fun evening. The tailored dress is a classic look that works for everyone and can be accessorised for evenings. Throw in a jazzy bag and you are set. Crystals, beads, diamonds… anything goes this season, so accessorise the neckline.

Throw in some bright shoes with your monotonous office suits or dresses. Embroidered scarves are also a good option — they not only change the look, but add a lot of glamour, too. Belts also make a big difference to an outfit. You can easily make a boring grey trouser suit interesting by adding a metallic belt.