Black with Blush: How to Soften Black for Spring


Last week while walking to the subway during morning rush hour I couldn’t help but notice all the black.  It looked like everyone was headed to a funeral.  Granted, this is New York, that morning was no different than what you see on most days, but there was something about that day that particularly stood out to me.  It was an unseasonably mild day and after a long, cold winter, all my fellow commuters looked bogged down in all the dark color, their clothes all looked slightly worn from constant wear and they all appeared to just be over their winter clothes.

New Yorkers, like most people, are hardly looking to give up their black clothing.  However, as spring starts warm things up, it has the potential to start to looking heavy and depressing.  I started thinking of ways to make black look softer and more spring appropriate and recalled all the blush pink I have been seeing in the stores.  I feel like blush hasn’t gone anywhere as a trend, yet, this spring, it seems even stronger as ever.  Despite it’s trendiness, it’s often a tough color for most to wear.  Yet, combined with black, the two balance each other out nicely.  Blush brings a softness to stark, heavy black and black anchors and makes the lightness of blush more wearable for most.

Black with Blush: How to Soften Black for Spring

If you’re looking for a change this spring but aren’t ready to embrace the fruity brights that are on their way for the warm season, take a look at how you can soften your black clothing with blush.  Not a fan of black, like me?  Don’t worry, you can easily swap out black for navy, or any neutral you prefer, in the outfits I put together below.

Outfit #1


Take that perfect black dress that you wore all winter with tights and boots and add some softness with blush and nude accessories.  I styled this knitted fit and flare dress from Reiss with block heel pumps from Marc Fisher, a blush pink satchel from Furla, soft grey and blush scarf from Nordstrom.  I finished the outfit with a layered necklace from Baublebar.

Outfit #2


The versatility of black, along with most neutral colors, is that they can easily be switched up with accessories  to look completely different.  I styled a classic winter look of jeans from Madwell and a black crewneck sweater from J. Crew with a blush suede jacket, Rebecca Minkoff hobo, super cute trainers from Cole Haan, and rose gold baguette earrings from Banana Republic.

Outfit #3


Blush can be a tricky face color for some people to wear.  If it is for you, you can consider pairing it with more flattering shades near your face through jewelry, scarves or a topper piece.  Working tonally with black, I styled this  top from Ted Baker with a grey cardigan from Theory and black pants from Lafayette 148.  I finished the outfit with grey block heel sandals from Lucky Brand, All Saints calfskin tote, semiprecious drop earrings from Topshop and rose gold necklace.

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  • stacie bussey

    I really appreciated this blog post. I like blush pink but never wear it because it washes me out…I wear a lot of navy as a base color and i think blush pink paired with my navy could do the trick…Thank you once again, for sharing your knowledge with us!

    • It’s sort of funny how this post evolved. I started initially just putting some softer colors together with black and then I noticed it was all blush. Voila…a black and blush post. Personally, I LOVE navy and blush together.

  • Patricia

    I’m going with blue and white and tan as my basics for spring. With those softer colors I can go with coral and spring green.
    I do have a lot of black but it’s getting sidelined as/when/if the weather warms up.

  • jennvee

    I love this color combo! It reminds me of ballet classes I took as a child, black leotard with blush pink tights and ballet slippers. It makes me happy just thinking about it!

    • YES! I remember my first day of ballet when I was 4. I couldn’t wait to put my leotard and tights on!

  • Jo

    I was thinking the same thing the other day when walking around NYC – how everyone was wearing black and it was starting too look too heavy for the (formerly) warmer weather. I also wish people would would wear more colorful scarfs, hats, and other accessories during the grey drab winter weather. I saw a woman with a purple umbrella yesterday during the storm and that purple was so uplifting!