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Karolin Asks:  Hi Kate! I sometimes want to wear dark colours but i feel like they make me look old and kind of sad. Maybe you know how to wear darker colours but still look young and playful???

My Answer: Hi Karolin! I know, dark colors can sometimes be sad and drab but dark colors can also be incredibly chic and playful! I styled two looks using shades of black to show how dark colors can look playful in different ways. Remember that the silhouette, details and accessories are the things that will make the dark color playful. A flirty dark colored dress is a fun silhouette and lace or sheen details on a garment is a playful detail and accessories like shoes and jewelry always funk up a look. Check out my two looks below for more tips. XO!

For more styling help, check out my post on ‘How To Arm Party‘.

Playful Dark Colors Look 1

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For this look I made dark colors playful by pairing black with white (an always chic combo) and the black pants I’m wearing are silky track pants which are inherently playful. The details like the juxtaposition of pointy pumps with the track pants and the Le Cadeau Bow Clip-on earrings worn on my shirt lapels just add more layers of playful commentary to the look while keeping it still simple, chic and work appropriate.

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Playful Dark Colors Look 2

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I styled this playful dark colors outfit with comfy cute casual in mind. I paired textured skinny jeans with dark brown boots, a lace top with a burnt orange bra and a blazer over top with the sleeves rolled up. The lace of the top gives the skinny jeans and boots a feminine twist and the peek of the orange bra is a playful pop of subtle color while keeping the overall look dark.

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