The color black can be dramatic and striking; influential editors like Anna Wintour and designers like Alexander Wang alike wear it as if it were a simple reminder of their prominent power positions. In addition, entire companies have built their brand on this color alone; it is impossible to not associate Chanel with black.
When paired with other colors though, the power dynamic tones down a little and the color begins to demonstrate some of its other assets. Other features like its great fit, ability to take on different moods and general flexibility can be seen through the outfit spotted on this Fashionisto.
This Fashionisto pairs his black pants and lightweight black jacket with an orange T-shirt. The jacket itself is perfect for cool spring mornings on the way to class or to an internship, and features double pockets on the front that achieves a more modern and edgy look. Combined with his orange shirt, he becomes a far more amicable—and thus approachable—subject than if he had only been wearing black.
Overall, the color allows for his outfit to appear extremely sleek and well-fitted. He finishes his outfit off with a pair of comfortable brown shoes that further dilute the dominating authority of black alone. Indeed, the many elements of his outfit really bring to light the versatility of the color that might otherwise go unnoticed with an all black outfit.
Hint: With a pop of color, primarily black outfits can still be worn in the spring without looking terribly daunting or out of season.