Have you ever been told that black isn’t your colour?
Perhaps during a colour analysis session, you were advised to avoid black because it doesn’t complement your skin tone.  While colour analysis can provide helpful insights, the idea that certain colours should be completely off-limits is, frankly, quite ridiculous. Today, we’re going to debunk this myth and explore how everyone can wear any colour, including black. It’s all about understanding how to make it work for you.

The Origins of Colour Analysis

Colour analysis, also known as colour theory or seasonal colour analysis, became popular in the 1980s. It traditionally categorised individuals into seasons—Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter—based on their natural colouring (skin tone, hair colour, and eye colour). Each season is associated with a palette of colours that supposedly harmonise best with that individual’s complexion. 

Since then colours analysis methods have moved on considerably.  You no longer have to fit in to just one of four seasons which didn’t always allow for the most accurate results.

While the intention behind colour analysis is to help people look and feel their best, it can sometimes be delivered in an over restrictive way.  For instance, individuals with warm skin tones, or very pale colouring are often told to avoid black, as it’s seen as too harsh.  But does that mean they should never wear black?  Absolutely not!
While the intention behind colour analysis is to help people look and feel their best, it can sometimes be delivered in an over restrictive way.  For instance, individuals with warm skin tones, or very pale colouring are often told to avoid black, as it’s seen as too harsh.  But does that mean they should never wear black?  Absolutely not!

Why the “No Black” Rule is Ridiculous

Black is Universally Chic: Black is a timeless, classic colour that never goes out of style. It’s versatile, elegant, and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Telling someone they can’t wear black limits their fashion choices unnecessarily.

Personal Expression Matters: Your Personal Style is a form of self-expression. If you love black and feel confident in it, why should you give it up?  Your choices should reflect your personality and preferences, not just your colouring alone.  If you have enlisted the help of a Personal Stylist, their job is to help you feel fantastic and offer you more choices, not berate you for wearing what you love.

The Power of Accessories and Makeup: The key to wearing any colour lies in how you style it.  With the right accessories and makeup, you can make any colour work for you. For instance, a bold lip colour or statement jewellery can brighten your face and balance out the impact of black clothing.

Placement is Key: If you’re concerned about black near your face (as this is where it has the most impact), try wearing it on the lower half of your body.  A black skirt or trousers paired with a top in a more flattering colour can still give you the benefits of black without overwhelming your complexion.


How to Wear Black for Your Colouring

Now that we’ve established that anyone can wear black, let’s talk about how to make it work for different colourings.

Black is a COOL shade: If you have a warm undertone add warmth to your outfit .  Whether that be in soft earthy colours like olive green, rust or camel for example, or brighter fresher tones like tangerine or bright coral for Springs – any colour from your swatch will work

Black is a DEEP shade: If you have pale colouring then black could be too dark for you and overpower you, so wear lighter colours from your swatch near your face and as top layers in outfits.

Black is a BRIGHT shade: For those with soft or muted colouring, bright shades such as black can appear very harsh.  Wear softer colours over black and near your face and also look for softer muted shades of black too.

Tips for every colouring

Experiment with Patterns: Black patterns, such as polka dots or stripes, can break up the solid colour and add interest to your outfit.

Mind the Neckline: A lower neckline can prevent black from overpowering your face. V-necks and scoop necks are great options.

Add a Pop of Colour: Brighten your look with a colourful accessory or makeup. A red lip or a statement necklace can make a big difference.

Stylish layering: Layering black with other colours can create a balanced and interesting look. Try a colourful blazer or cardigan over a black top.Focus on Fit: The fit of your clothes can make a huge difference. Well-fitted black garments can look sleek and sophisticated, while ill-fitting ones can look drab.

Conclusion

Style rules are meant to be broken – I don’t even advise on rules – I always guide with styling principles. The idea that certain colours are off-limits is outdated and restrictive. By understanding your undertone, experimenting with fabrics and textures, and using accessories and makeup strategically, you can make any colour work for you—including black.

So, the next time someone tells you to avoid a particular colour, smile and wear it with confidence. Fashion is about self-expression, and you deserve to wear what makes you feel fabulous. Remember, anyone can wear every colour; it’s all about knowing the best sahdes for you and how to make it your own.