24 In Beauty/ Fashion

How to Wear Black with Fair Skin


Hello friends!

Friday is here already! I have a couple of fun things coming up on the blog that I look forward to sharing.  Some Wednesdays are our ” Double Black Diamond” evenings where my husband and I like to go to Firebirds, order appetizers and enjoy the half priced Pineapple Martinis! I love dry wines- more of a red drinker than white, but when it comes to cocktails I like a bit of sweetness.  We also go there when I decide to pop in one store at the mall… two birds..

I found this faux leather jacket at HM and liked the close fit and style. It seems in the sea of biker jackets, what I needed was some detailing on the jacket. I liked the padded shoulder and sleeve details. I have a collection of moto jackets in different colors as I seem to wear them more often than wool coats here in the South. I have a black leather moto from Via Spiga but liked the cut of this jacket as well. I truly do not own a lot of black in my closet, as once it was the primary ( color) I would wear, it is no longer.  The other jackets I have are in blush pink, steel blue, teal, tan, and brown. I do prefer these, but once in awhile, I want to feel my “inner rock chic” come out. Women with fair skin can looked “washed out” in black,  myself included, but I have a few tips I like to consider when I do wear black.

  • Try and have a Badass attitude. Ok, if you have to “try”, then you probably don’t!( kidding!)
  • I am a guitarist. I used to play in a Blues band. I need to get into my “musician mode”.
  • Wear a color near your face. I am wearing this bright magenta rose scarf my sister bought me for Christmas. The eye is drawn there.
  • Choose a large statement necklace. Again, the eye will be drawn to the sparkly jewel or large metallic piece.
  • Wear a bright or “standout” lip color. Again, if you are fair, you may want to choose your red lipstick carefully, I am wearing a magenta pink color from MAC.
  • Wear a color under your jacket. Choose a  blouse/sweater color that will work with your skin tone green, rich red, deep purple, etc.
  • Add colorful accessories: I am wearing a pair of Suesto Meucci burgundy suede booties and a plum shade satchel by Treesje..

Tell me, if you have fair skin, How do you wear black? 

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Moto jacket 

Scarf ( gift from my sister)Love this Poppy scarf for spring Ann Taylor

Waxed Jeans( here and here 

c/o gifted Sesto Meucci block heeled booties

Treesje plum leather satchel ( mine is from my collection, older check here)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jess XO

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  • Reply
    February 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Great tips! I have fair skin and wear a lot of black. You look gorgeous, as always!

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      February 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you Judith! You do it so well! Xx

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    January 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Great look head to toe, Jess. Love that MAC lipstick too! Thanks for linking up, xox


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      Jess Jannenga
      January 30, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you Patti! I am due for some more MAC lipsticls soon.. .need a pick me up in these winter months. xx

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    Emma Peach
    January 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Loving this rock chick look Jess! I usually wear scarves and bright jewellery to offset the colour drain of black. I used to wear head to toe black all the time in my teens and early 20s – I look back now and think “how boring”! How things have changed – I saw a cobalt blue moto jacket yesterday and now I can’t stop thinking about it!

    Emma xxx

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Hi Emma, thank you! I know, I did the same, wear all black back in the day. Now, its mostly color. Cobalt blue sounds fabulous and would look great on you. I have a collection of motos diferent colors.xx

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    January 28, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    great boots and I love this look

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    Andrea Nine
    January 28, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Oh yeah, challenging Gemma Teller from SOA and your inner biker babe look! I love the feminine touch from the floral scarf! Absolutely stunning my friend! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Hehe, you made me laugh with that comment! Have a great day too. xx

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    Amy Christensen
    January 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Jess, your outfit is awesome and your tips for styling black are perfect. That beautiful pink scarf by your face just lights you right up. The print shirt sticking out the bottom of the jacket adds visual interest and your accessories put the whole look together. I do wear black, but as you said in your tips, I usually pair it with brighter colors near my face. Great post, lovely lady. Hope you are having a great weekend. – Amy

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 29, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Hi Amy! Thanks very much. I have wanted a black moto jacket to add to my closet, but yes, do prefer color! So glad you liked the post. Happy Sunday! xx

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    January 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Black hates me nowadays Jess. And I love it 🙁 I can get away with Black bottoms, not o the top half though. You have shown a good example here though. I will try this xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 28, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Laurie, I do know what you mean! I don’t wear black often for that reason. Glad you liked the look. I did want a moto jacket but will prefer to wear it with bold colors.
      Have a great weekend! x

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    January 27, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I really try to do these things too, Jess (except get in the musician mode–that’s definitely not my forte–ha ha).
    This jacket is so perfect for adding an edge to almost anything!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Jodie I like to think so! I do prefer wearing color but really think this is a great staple. Have a great weekend! xx

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    January 27, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Love this jacket!!!! I wear all black all the time!

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    January 27, 2017 at 6:23 am

    This is a great jacket and I love the tips you give. Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Thank you Gemma! I am still looking for those white sneakers though. Are the pumas patent leather? You too hon! xx

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    Tiina L
    January 27, 2017 at 5:09 am

    You clearly found your inner rick chick, you look great. I have the same problem with black, I always have to wear some color as bkack washes me out.

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 27, 2017 at 10:15 am

      I know! It can be tough having fair skin! I don’t mind it though as we have those little tricks. Thank you Tiina! I appreciate you stopping by too! xx

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    January 27, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Ha, I am all black today Jess! No color at all! You look great in that ,,badass,,jacket!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      January 27, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Hahah! Thank you Nancy! Ill be popping over to see 🙂 xx

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