Black. A non-color so safe and so tempting to use for every OOTD. It suits any occasion and instantly makes you look chic—just take the simple black turtleneck for example. However, when worn too often, there's a risk of looking monotonous and, well, boring—if you don't play with texture, that is.
For those who are die-hard advocates of black and the sartorial void that it fills, we know how hard it is to let go of something you love so much. Here, we've come up with six easy ways you can transition to the lighter, more vibrant side of the spectrum so you can brighten up your looks this year.
1. For starters, choose a colorful coverup.
Wearing colorful coverups is a great baby step because you can easily remove it! We love Laureen Uy's yellow puffer jacket, but to make it Manila weather-friendly, simply switch that out for a colored denim one. You can wear this outfit when you run errands.
For travel OOTDs, we know how easy it is to resort to an all-black ensemble. But to keep things interesting, go for a colorful coat instead of a black one. Plus points if you can find an Instagrammable one like Liz Uy's tartan print coat.
Skeptical about the power of adding a dash of color? Check out Renee de Guzman's all-black outfit, which she spiced up with a brown-and-red toned houndstooth coat. It also makes her outfit look more street-ready.
2. Choose just one colorful piece.
Now that you've tried coverups, it's time to move forward by choosing one colorful building block for your outfit. For Martine Ho's leather skirt and black boots combo, she completed it by wearing a colorful silk Versace blouse instead of a typical cropped top which others would probably reach for.
If you're still averse to bright colors (for now), make like Nicole Andersson by choosing darker colors like her navy blue-and-red sweater. Other colors like deep violet, dark brown, and fatigue green are also great to start with.
Laureen's seemingly all-black outfit is punctuated by a neon green turtleneck and bright purple shoes! Other statement options you could try would be bright socks or tights underneath a black mini skirt, or perhaps a colorful camisole on top of a black dress.
3. Try predominantly black prints.
Okay, now that you've tried your hand at sporting at least one colorful piece, it's time to get more creative by wearing prints. To make things easier for you, opt for dark prints with black elements. Above, Heart Evangelista wears an indigo tie-dye print with biker shorts for a stylish casual look.
Ever the prime example of experimenting with color, Laureen mixes animal prints in burnt sienna shades mixed with black.
4. You can also use denim or nude colors to temper your black pieces.
Yes, black pieces are the building blocks of any wardrobe but you can always pair those items with other ecclectic pieces that define your personality. Denim and nude colors are good touches. Above, Bea Marin flaunts her edgy style with tan shorts and brown combat boots. Below, Liz Uy wears a black printed blouse with a Canadian tux.
5. Practice by mixing nude colors.
Black is so easy to style—you can just pile it on and call it a day. Nude colors aren't any different, that's why mixing them is good practice for combining brighter colors in the future.
To help you get started, go for beige or sand-hued separated like Camille Co and Nicole Andersson's respective jacket and trousers combination. They chose nude colors in different shades to add dimension. You can use the same trick for the office by mixing a nude blouse with trousers in a darker shade. So chic!
Here, Melissa Gatchalian shows us how to wear warm colors in our equally warm weather. She mixes tan trousers with a cream-colored sleeveless top but adds a little fun through her beaded bag—proof that attention to accessories are very crucial!
6. Ease into brighter colors.
Now that you've practiced with nude colors, it's time to finally go a little lighter this time. The same rule of thumb applies to this trick though: Choose one color and pick out items in different shades of that color.
Here, Nicole Andersson mixes mint green pieces for a streamlined look. Imagine this outfit in black: It would still look polished, but don't you think the mint green color is more refreshing?
If you don't want to go for something too monochromatic, opt for creams or whites to break up your outfit, like Jeline Catt's pleated white shorts which she matched with her yellow top and chartreuse bag.
If you're ready for prints, start off by pairing printed item with something of the same color, like Liz Uy's tarrtan jacket with apricot silk pants.