Can You Wear Purple and Black Together?

By Nina Makofsky

Purple is a tricky color. It can have a warmer red undertone when it tends toward burgundy, or a cooler blue undertone when it's indigo. Bright colors like red, pink, orange and green clash with most purples hues. However, black is your go-to color for styling with purple. It tones down brighter purples and gives them an evening-worthy look.

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Purple and black can be a sophisticated combination.

Step 1

Wear purple on the part of your body that you want to draw people's focus. People's attention will be on your purple clothing, so have it accentuate your assets. For example, a torso-hugging peasant blouse or tunic in bright purple accentuates your top half. An indigo A-line skirt brings attention to your legs.

Step 2

Break up the purple with black separates. If that bluish-purple dress drowns you in fabric or that deep purple boyfriend sweater looks bulky, black can slim down your look. Wear a fitted black jacket or shrug to define your waistline. Try a skinny tank top or T-shirt under a purple sweater, vest or loose blouse to create contrast in color and fit.

Step 3

Accessorize with black pieces. A slim black leather belt around a looser top or dress highlights an hourglass figure. Sling the belt lower, around your hips, if you are short-waisted, and you create the illusion of a longer torso. Black pumps or boots make your purple separates appropriate for professional and evening wear. Black sandals or ballerina flats keep your look more casual.