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You Took the Song "Paint It, Black" Literally
Black does wonders for trimming a figure and is appropriate for almost every occasion, but as women get older, their skin tends to become paler—and wearing black can create a harsh contrast that emphasizes wrinkles and calls attention to dark shadows under the chin and around the eyes. Add a bright accessory like a scarf or a statement necklace—any pop of color will lessen the washed-out effect, says Lauren Rothman, the founder of StyleAuteur.com and author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work. She also suggests shopping for earthy neutrals—like cocoa, olive, camel or gray—which are subdued but still add contrast. Also, jewel tones are a color group that flatters most women. Here's a way to find which works best with your skin tone.