What are the top outfit color combinations to wear with black?

Did you know that black is the most popular outfit color? Because half of the times we get dressed, we wear black. But are you interested in what are the top outfit color combinations to wear with black? To answer this question, that’s what Outfit planning app Chicisimo found by analysing outfit data from millions of women sharing what they wear

Outfits in black, for the study of the  top outfit color combinations to wear with black.
Outfit planning app Chicisimo – Available for iOS and Android.

How to wear black

  1. Black

    Yes. If you wonder how to wear black, combining it with black for a total black outfit is a good decision. Because most of the times we wear black, we combine it with black itself. In fact, total black looks awesome on you whatever your style is, whatever the occasion. Search for “totalback” in the outfits app Chicisimo to get the best ideas from real women.

  2. White

    Outfit planning app Chicisimo found that white is the most popular color to wear with black… other than black itself. In fact, half on the times we wear black, we combine it with white. And it looks stunning!

As a conclusion, you can be sure about the perfect color combinations to wear with black. Because it’s clear that with a total black you can never go wrong 🙂

As an example, here you have a video with 30 fantastic ideas to wear a total black look from the Chicisimo outfit planner app:

Download the Chicisimo outfit planner app for IOS or Android. And if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.

Interview with Andres Torrubia: “Deep learning is the single reason AI is in the news today”

Andrés Torrubia, co-founder and CEO of Fixr.

We are glad to interview Andrés Torrubia today, a successful tech entrepreneur with a strong background in artificial intelligence. What sets Andrés apart is his unique role here in the Spanish tech ecosystem, exposing us to AI in unique ways.

As a developer, he is a very active member of the international AI ecosystem and brings that experience back to us. “Machine learning communities are vibrant and welcoming. Teaming up with others is a norm rather than the exception“, he says below.

And as you’ll see as you read the interview, Andrés can help us understand how the world will look like, when ruled by Chinese and US AI superpowers. “We are letting core infrastructure (finance, telecommunications, news, etc.) in the hands of foreign players“, he argues.

Andres (@antor, 44) likes to say that he has the luxury of living in near the beach in Alicante (Spain) while working in the US through FIXR.COM. He has participated in multiple deep learning competitions, most notably he finished #1 in a Self-driving car LIDAR point cloud segmentation challenge organized by Alibaba in China competing against 1400+ teams.

In this interview, we mostly wanted to ask him about how AI might impact our lives, and how to be prepared for it.


Andrés Torrubia and Colin Powell.

We’ve all been hearing about AI for a long time, but something has changed in the last few years. How AI is different now than it was 10 years ago? What has changed?

Deep learning is the single reason AI is in the news today. Thanks to deep learning, AI has become effective, useful and more accesible.

While most of the theory and methods that support supervised deep learning are more than a decade old, the surge in availability of datasets and computing power has allowed deep learning to achieve results that many in the industry thought would take much longer.

Some countries with very different political systems to ours are investing heavily on AI, much more than Europe. This might bring some challenges to Europeans. How do you see Europe in a world where others dominate AI? What consequences do you think this could have?

AI is a general purpose technology that will be used across many industries and facets of society, even those that have been relatively immune to information technology disruption.

Unfortunately in Europe -at least in technology- we have a history in investing in core research but fail to leverage those investments commercially. The web was invented in Europe (CERN), yet the only originally European web browser is almost history (Opera); the MP3 audio compression format was invented in Germany, yet multimedia codec licensing is a US operation (MPEG LA), etc. The more you look at the value chain from fundamental research to consumer commercialization, the more you see US (and recently Chinese) companies making inroads in our daily lives; with local (European) players getting a smaller piece of the action.

In Europe -at least in technology- we have a history in investing in core research but fail to leverage those investments commercially.

This trend has already happened in the information economy and AI will accelerate it even more due to its self-reinforcement cycle: good AI companies gather more data, with more data they will build better products, which they will commercialize and reap more profits, which they will use to hire the best talent which in turn adds a positive loop in the cycle.

In the same way that it is almost impossible to compete with Google in the search engine business, it will be very difficult if not impossible to compete with Google, Amazon or Apple in voice recognition due the massive advantage they have in data (each time we use their system we are helping them make them better), resources and talent to build AI voice recognition products.

In contrast to Europe, China has used a combination of:

1) asymmetry (making it difficult or impossible for foreign tech companies to compete in the Chinese market while importing technology and know-how to China from those countries) and,

2) a sharp multi-level focus to build its AI ecosystem: education, incentives to bring talent working abroad back to China, loose regulation, data sharing, financial incentives, etc.

I believe the consequences of not having a strong AI industry are two-fold:

1) Economic influence: in a similar way that a bigger share of the information economy is being played by US companies, AI will make it feasible for these companies to cross the line from the information economy to the physical economy. For example: the last mile of (e.g. Amazon) package delivery is done by a local courier, soon it could be done by autonomous drones powered by AI.

As AI becomes infrastructure, we are letting core infrastructure (finance, telecommunications, news, etc.) in the hands of foreign players.

2) Trust: as AI becomes infrastructure, we are letting core infrastructure (finance, telecommunications, news, etc.) in the hands of foreign players, which is ok as long as they are friendly but even if they are there is an evident risk of misalignment of values. The US sees healthcare and education differently than us in Europe, and China has a different view altogether. This will become an issue if Chinese censorship starts happening outside China as they gain more influence globally.

How can we influence EU politicians?

European regulation intends to defend citizens. Do you think all this regulation is a disadvantage for EU tech companies, compared to their US and Asian counterparts?

I think it is a bit more complex. In the US antitrust laws are intended to protect consumers, not competitors. European regulation may be well intended but in my opinion badly executed, for two reasons:

  1. Early regulation can severely hamper success of emerging companies, especially startups. In the US and China (at least in technology) the tendency has been to leave markets loosely regulated to allow small companies and entrepreneurs to focus on product market fit without spending precious resources in legalese and compliance. Once those small start-ups get bigger (think Google, Amazon, etc.) they welcome regulation because they can afford to spend on compliance and they know new contenders cannot.
  2. Execution. We are in a sad state of affairs when technology companies like Google pay more in fines to the European Commission than in taxes, when the user experience to browse the web is utterly destroyed with the pretext of cookie disclaimers, information sharing (which could have been done at the browser level), when focus is placed on privacy and not human manipulation at scale, etc.

How do you think we could influence our politicians to make better technology decisions?

We need a much stronger technology industry in Europe. If you look at the European stock exchanges and compare them to the US and Asia, Europe top stocks look more similar to those of the 80s than in the US (we do not have Googles, Facebooks, Amazons, Netflix, etc.).

Some would say that technology and AI by extension can bring a lot of benefits to society: highly-paid jobs, money in the form of tax receipts, and progress. While this is true I think it is short-sighted. The challenges we are going to face in the next decades are immense: an ecology crisis positively reinforced by more energy demand, growing and aging population, disruptive job displacement, wealth inequality and international tensions.

I see technology and AI as a matter of survival. Same as when countries used to mobilize all of their precious resources when at war

I see technology and AI as a matter of survival. In the same way that countries used to mobilize all of their precious resources when at war, we should acknowledge that the world is entering uncharted territory and the two solutions to go by are either to look back to the past (and give up many of the rights and benefits we’ve worked hard to earn, like healthcare, education, freedom. etc.) or invest in science to help us conquer the next stage of human welfare.

No political discourse that I know of has technology, science and the scientific method as its main toolbox. We owe our world to fundamental discoveries in physics which supported by math gave birth to our technological society with all of it benefits. I think it’s time to move from nineteen century politics and devise a social system that while it may look utopian today could be achieved thanks to science and technology.

You are the co-founder and CEO of Fixr.com and Howmuch.net, and you use AI to solve a number of problems there. Could you give us an estimate of the % of revenue that you attribute to using AI? I know it’s not an easy question:) Do you think your competitors not using AI are less efficient in their business model?

Our case is very specific, what I can say is that the majority of our growth is due to AI.

You participate in many AI international competitions. Can you please describe the process? The first steps and how it evolves. Meaning: you start DiDi’s challenge competing alone against thousands of other engineers, then you partner with a Russian nuclear physicist… For a beginner, all that process is kind of frightening. Tell us about it please.

Get your hands dirty.

No matter how much you read, nothing compares to building your code from scratch. The first step is to download the dataset and build an intimate relationship with the data. I like to do some exploratory data analysis (EDA) rather than treating data as a black box. The process looks a lot more like interactive programming in BASIC from the 80s rather than regular, boring, boilerplate software engineering in Java. Many machine learning practitioners use Python inside Jupyter notebooks which allows to extremely fast experimentation and immediacy.

In competitions you do not have time to create completely new deep learning architectures, so instead you should get familiar with the data and focus your strategy on how to use your limited resources to train your system in the most efficient way. More often than not, labelled data contain errors so part of your strategy should be how to deal with them: use them anyway, fix them, discard them, etc.

Machine learning communities are vibrant and welcoming. Teaming up with others is a norm rather than the exception as sharing tricks, techniques and tools with people from diverse backgrounds is incredibly enriching. It may look daunting, but it is not.

AndresTorrubia at NASA.

Machines can read images, more and more. Be bold: what is the biggest change this will bring?

Computational perception has been in my opinion one of the Achilles heels of the IT industry. We do not realize but many common actions we perform daily are the result of us adapting our natural behavior to make it easier for computers to understand us.

We have to drive cars manually not because computers cannot control cars but because computers do not understand the exterior environment of a car (obstacles, pedestrians, etc.).

When we go to a supermarket we have to be in line for a while and go though the cash registry where they scan every item we bring. We do so because the computer cannot determine what we’ve taken without us almost spelling it for them.

Those are just two perception applications, but huge ones. From a product management perspective the way I think of perception AI is: how would the user experience look like if they had a person with them translating what they see and ear in real time to a computer? AI makes this potentially doable.

The convenience that this will bring will be great, the danger again is not privacy, but the potential use of this perceptual data to perform individual manipulation at scale. Personally, I am totally fine walking into a store and have my face recognized as I take a bunch of snacks and have the supermarket charge them to my account directly without going to the hassle of waiting in line through the cashier, etc; but not at the expense of the supermarket leveraging this data for other purposes or worse still selling it to other parties to build a super detailed profile of me that would eventually be so precise that they would know which ads would trigger my desire to buy a certain product or even worse coerce me into doing something (without me even realizing it).

Cities are big generators of data. Apart from autonomous vehicles, what’s going to change?

I wish that city management (and by extension city politics) was more driven where data is available, so the first step is to collect and make city data transparent. I am not a smart city expert, but I think governments are pretty bad at picking winners, so my thinking would be to make the data available, identify the problems first and then devise solutions. As an engineer / entrepreneur sometimes is tempting to fall in love with the solution to a problem, but it should be the other way around: you have to fall in love with the problem, and then find the best solution.

An engineer wants to learn AI. Where should she start?

Learn by doing. I really recommend taking Fast.ai courses and then participate in small projects or competitions. If not an engineer, take the AI for everyone by Andrew Ng.

Last question: you are being interviewed by Chicisimo – you know we’ve built a taste graph and a fashion ontology to automate outfit advice. We think AI and data are going to transform fashion. And you? How do you think that AI will change fashion?

Oh! If you saw my closet you would understand why I am not even qualified to answer your question and if you captured my data I would be an outlier in your dataset ;-).


Hope you enjoyed the interview. There are some many gems in it, it’s difficult to decide what’s the best part . Thanks for reading!

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Maximize your wardrobe: 7 tips to make the most of the clothes you already have

You have an event to attend and the clock is relentlessly ticking away as you wonder what to wear! The nearer the deadline, the more stressed you are getting. You need to maximize your wardrobe because it’s not helping either with new ideas. How about that long pleated skirt, you wonder? But wait, you have already worn that a few weeks earlier, have you not? What wouldn’t you give right now for an outfit planner to help you out!

However, you know very well it is not realistic to get new outfits for every occasion or to overturn your closet every now and then. Nor is it easy to have an outfit planner at your beck and call at all times. To top it, you need to turn out in something that looks fresh and new as well. Chicisimo is a fashion app that could just be the answer to what you are looking for. With a variety of features you can easily remain at the top of your fashion game by helping yourself. For sure it will be a key piece to maximize your wardrobe, and the following tips will also help.

Chicisimo outfit planner app  to maximize your wardrobe

All you need to keep in mind is the occasion you are dressing up for as well as the season of the year and whether it is an outdoor event or strictly indoors.  Once these things have been sorted out in your mind, you may now go ahead with making the most of what you already possess in your closet. A different hairdo can do wonders to a familiar outfit too.

What could be the possible ways to re-imagine and maximize your wardrobe and bring in a fresh look? Here are some tips to ace your style:

  • Embellish used clothes. Is your closet staring back at you with the same old used dresses? Think of embellishing an old dress in an imaginative manner so that it looks different and stands out. Remember it is not always necessary to sew on trimmings or patches.  You can very well stick on beads and appliqués to enhance your outfit. A little bit of bling will draw attention to your outfit like never before.
  • Mix and match. The most age-old but proven way to upscale and maximize your wardrobe is to mix and match.  You have the clothes already in your closet. You can never go wrong or repeat your look when you do this.  And you end up with a fetching new combination every time. Pick a new skirt and pair it with an old top with a cap thrown in for good measure if the occasion merits it.  Go for some stylish footwear to add to this look along with dangling earrings and voila, you have the look.
Outfit with green midi skirts, sweater and animal print heels from the chicisimo outfit planner app  to maximize your wardrobe
  • DIY stylization. As already discussed, one does not always need an outfit planner to help with a new look.  Going through fashion magazines or websites can help you to come up with revolutionary ideas to re-fashion what you already own. Say you have a much used top that simply has outlived its purpose according to you. Why not run your scissors through the lower hemline so that you have two ends of what can be tied into a bow? Suddenly you have a crop top with a peek-a-boo teaser navel showing to add oomph to your look.
Outfit with black biker jacket, white tee, metallic espadrilles and beige pants from the chicisimo outfit planner app  to maximize your wardrobe

Another idea could be to cinch the waist of an odd fitting outfit and add a fancy clasp there.  This not only provides more shape and form but also adds to the look. A regular hem dress can be randomly run through with scissors in order to portray an irregular or uneven hem which is a new style in itself. It is that easy actually!

  • Redesign old outfits. There is no end to redesigning your clothes in the simplest manner in order to make them look like a new article of clothing. Slitting up the side of a long skirt so that your lovely legs are seen creates a stunning effect.  Similarly you can go ahead with adding a solid trim to a printed outfit and then punctuate that with little sparkles. Not that the trim needs to be continuous and boring. You can add it in patches while leaving the rest of the fabric as is to give it a whole new look.
Outfit with black sweater, trimmed maxiskirt and black ankleboots from the chicisimo outfit planner app to maximize your wardrobe
  • Jazz up. Old tops that do not look good to you anymore on their own can be worn under a jazzy jacket or a throw so that only a part of your top shows.  You will not need an outfit planner for this, just a little bit of imagination. Make sure though that the colour combination you choose is such as to make the whole outfit stand out. Turn on the Chicisimo app and it will help you with ideas and suggestions for this makeover.
Outfit with blue bomber, red tee and black mini skirt from the chicisimo outfit planner app
  • Accessorize differently. Your wardrobe has many hidden gems waiting to be discovered. A colourful scarf worn in a different manner over an old solid top or a snazzy purse over a simple dress worn with a stand-out belt to cinch the waist will add to the drama. Don’t be surprised if people ask you who your outfit planner is!
Outfit with black dress, gray blazer with belt, sneakers and a special bag from the chicisimo outfit planner app to maximize your wardrobe
  • Go for untried colour palettes. Sometimes you just cannot imagine a certain colour complimenting another just because it has never been tried before. Unless you try it out you will never know either, will you now? An app like Chicisimo can help immensely in this by projecting the look for you. One cannot always visualize or be objective about how one looks in a particular outfit.  Seeing one’s image on an app, it is that much easier to make a decision.
Outfit with white blazer, green pants, pink sweater and bag, and white heels from the chicisimo outfit planner app

As can be seen, it is quite possible to reuse clothes you already have in your wardrobe in clever and innovative ways to maximize it.  All one needs is a little imagination and minimal accessories to achieve this. Let your inspiration run wild mixed with inspiration you see around you.  It is quite practical and doable to be your own outfit planner. After all you know best what you have with you. All you need is the confidence to pull it off and an app like Chicisimo that carries all the oomph with it, just like you!  

Download the Chicisimo outfit planner app for IOS or Android. And if you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.

Taste graphs will transform fashion

taste graph fashion
How do people describe their clothes and outfits? What clothes do they have in their closets?

There is plenty of data in the manufacturing and distribution of clothes. But once clothes are sold and people are wearing them, there is nothing. No data. Nada.

In the following lines, I will share the following:

  • Taste graphs will transform fashion;
  • They will focus on understanding post-purchase clothing behaviour;
  • They will allow tech companies to understand taste, as Spotify does with music;
  • They will end up owning people’s attention, because they will be useful.

Analyzing demand for outfits

The learnings below are based on 4 years analyzing the demand of outfit ideas at Chicisimo, where we develop personal stylist technology.

We learnt that two important questions were: How do people describe their clothes, outfits and what-to-wear needs? What clothes do they have in their closets and how do they wear them? In order to respond to these questions, we built a fashion ontology and a taste graph, and all the infrastructure to automate outfit advice.

An outfit is a playlist of clothes. It is also a correlated list of descriptors: it can be comfy, or perfect for the weekend. An outfit contains correlations among clothes, and the deep meaning that a person assigns to her clothing preferences. Outfits provide a unique perspective into closets.

An outfit is a playlist of clothes

Taste graphs bring a unique opportunity to own the fashion space

The biggest opportunity in fashion technology today is to build a mechanism to understand post-purchase clothing behaviour. And then, build technology on top of that understanding: technology to help people feel better with their clothes.

Traditional tech efforts focus on efficiently selling more clothes to people, and ignore the post-purchase experience. Once the purchase is finished, companies are blind and can’t see what happens next.

Offering a post-purchase experience that helps people feel well with their clothes, will let the winner own people’s attention, and so many more things as a result.

Taste graphs will power a Spotify for fashion

A Spotify for fashion will understand your taste and needs, because it’ll be powered by a taste graph.

It will help you decide what to wear at any time. You’ll be able to easily store your clothes in a virtual closet, and it will put outfits together for you. It will help you plan your outfits depending on your context, and will suggest new clothes that match your wardrobe.

Helping people feel well with their clothes will be the key functionality of such a service. People want to feel well with their outfits. They want to feel confident, comfortable, happy, beautiful, unique, sexy, stylish, powerful. Instead of that, many people feel stressed or bored or tiny. More than about clothes, it’s about wellness.

1.- Capture units of taste data

Before we try to understand taste, we need to understand what type of data we need to focus on. Spotify focuses mostly on playcounts (each time you listen to a song), and a playcount clearly defines your current behaviour.

We have learnt that the units of capturable taste data are related to text and images. Words express a need (“i need ideas to go to the office”). Images of clothes represent the clothes people own, and need help with. There are other units of capturable taste data, but it comes down to text and images. Then, in our mobile app we’ve built different easy-to-use input interfaces to capture data and allow people to communicate with the system.

2.- An Ontology to understand fashion data

But fashion has a problem: it lacks a common classification system. The expression of clothing behaviour is very fragmented: text and images have different meanings for each person, and each person expresses the same concept differently. Due to the lack of this classification (or taxonomy), people’s data is noisy and algorithms cannot work with it. To solve this problem, we’ve built a fashion ontology, which is the backbone of our taste graph.

Our ontology gives structure and meaning to the incoming data. It allows us to interpret data. It is a multilevel “list” of hundreds of thousands of unique ways to describe what-to-wear needs. Think of Netflix initial classification system or Google’s synonym matching.

A derivative of our main ontology is our ontology of meta-garments, abstractions of specific garments. These meta-garments are the result of another learning: only certain attributes of a garment are relevant when solving the problem at hand. This ontology is 100% user-driven, it’s been built from the bottom up, and it is the result of the need to help people with their outfit needs.

3.- Taste graphs to understand fashion taste

When we get dressed in the mornings, we establish correlations among clothes, and among our ways of describing our outfits and needs. Look at yourself today: you are wearing a playlist of correlated descriptors and clothes. You’ve built an offline taste graph.

Taste graphs capture those correlations among descriptors, outfits and people. Think of it as a brain that understands “what goes well with” any garment, or for any occasion, etc. It has this understanding because it analyzes hundreds of millions of correlations, outfits and queries. Then, it filters them to your specific characteristics and context.

Our taste graph allows us to respond with output to any input. We call it the Social Fashion Graph and we patented it back in 2012. You might think that the image below is super simple, but that’s how simple we want the system to be: receive input > produce output.

Taste graphs simplify complexity

The end game

Taste graphs will provide structured and correlated taste data. And then will allow teams to build personalized and meaningful services for each person. Our closets will be taste graphs connected to ecommerces catalogues (also graphs), and everything will change. Taste graphs will transform fashion.


Thanks for reading! 💖

How to wear a black blazer and a white t-shirt with style

In my opinion Julia Roberts is the queen if we are talking about how to wear a black blazer. Do you remember the last scene of Pretty Woman? Julia Roberts was rocking a black blazer and a plain white t-shirt with a pair a jeans. And she looked gorgeous, didn’t she?

Julia Roberts on her black blazer and white tshirt

But we need more evidences to conclude that this combination is timeless and super stylish. So let’s see a more up-to-date outfit of the blogger Victoria Tornegren, as awesome as the one of Julia… We love how she wears the black blazer with her white tee!

black blazer with t-shirt and black pajama pants

As you can imagine, I’m not happy yet. And for more options on how to wear these two pieces together I’ve checked the Chicisimo fashion app. Besides, I have in my virtual closet a black blazer and, as everybody else, I also have a white t-shirt. As expected, I’ve discovered in my favorite outfit planner app thousands of outfits that will make me look stunning! I’m sure that I won’t regret to give them an opportunity. Here you have a little example on how to wear a black blazer and a white tshirt:

Outfits with black blazer and white tshirt in Chicisimo fashion app

If you also have these two pieces, you just need to include them in your virtual closet of Chicisimo, and the app will pick outfits for you with your own clothes. In fact, you should add all your clothes to always feel secure about what to wear. Add an outfit organizer in your life and your life will be much easier 🙂

Finally, I think that my supposition is proved! Analyzing the previous facts, my conclusion is that wearing a black blazer and a white t-shirt you can never go wrong! You’ll look effortless stylish and timeless wherever you go!

If you need information on how to start with the Chicisimo fashion app, please check this previous post.

Black is the most popular color in an outfit and half of the times we combine it with white

Did you know that the most popular color in an outfit is black? And what’s more, half of the times we wear it we combine with white. At least, this is what we have learned after analyzing millions of looks of real people with Chicisimo’s technology. And the reason is simple.

Black clothing like the famous little black dress has an undeniable power. Unlike red and green, black can’t exactly be termed as a color. Black is what we see when an object absorbs every visible wavelength, putting it in its own category.

Outfit in black with black jacket, pants and boots, Chicisimo outfit planning app.

The singular darkness of the color black has a unique visual potency, and because of its adaptability, the color has long been open to interpretation by the many different groups that have adopted it. When it comes to religion, the color black is linked with seriousness and diligence. Black can be rebellious or sinister, like the black cloaks worn by witches or the black leather jackets biker gangs are spotted rocking. Many cultures term black as the color for mourning.  

A lot of people even think black signifies the mystery of a woman. Some people even take it as a universal and always perfect solution for attractive looks. Some people, on the other hand, avoid the overuse of this color, thinking that it might become too boring and too monotone when used often. Black, however, can simultaneously be the epitome of style, chic, and sophistication, yet charged with eroticism.

With all these qualities, color black has gained a distinctive position in fashion no other color has managed to reach.  The Little Green Dress is not famous. “Brown tie” is not a recognized dress code. The little black tie is very popular. Only black will ever be the new black.

Black is more than just a color we wear at funerals and dull events. Everywhere we look, we see someone in black. We have learned to embrace black for different occasions, from dinner parties, romantic dates, church services, rock gigs, to formal business meetings. For centuries, we have built a strong relationship with black – one of the most mysterious colors on the palette.

Is black the most underestimated color?

Black is known as the most wearable and popular color among normal people, fashionistas, and celebrities as well.  Black is often underestimated. This color adds beauty to one’s personality. However, most times, we do not know how to style this color. With our technology, we have found out that a lot of people would rather wear black with white than style it with other colors. Half the time, we just throw a white top on black jeans, skirt, or decide how to wear black pants and go out. A lot of people see white as the only color that can go well with black.

There are so many ways to wear black outfits. Black can be paired with so many colors and can go with every kind of accessories. At Chicisimo outfit planning app, we teach users how to wear black outfits to look classy and chic.

We understand that a lot of people do not know how to style their outfits and find it hard combining colors, especially black. That’s why we have analyzed millions of looks of real people, including celebrities with our technology. And we will show you different ways with which you can style your black outfits.

Styling white and black in an outfit

There is absolutely nothing simpler, chicer, and or easier than styling an outfit that’s only black and white. Whether bold or classic, black-and-white outfit combinations are understated enough to work for any event you want to attend.

When it comes to fashion, the black and white combination is the easiest and the most timeless color pairing. There’s absolutely no limit to the ways you can rock this combo and we will provide you the chic street style images and style tips for you to slay in white and black.

Outfit in black and white of Chicisimo outfit planning app.

How to wear black with other colors

Just as a white and black combination is chic, black, when paired with other colors makes you look classy and stylish. In your outfit black goes with absolutely any color, but you also have to style it well to get the best out of it. You don’t want to go out looking like a clown.

The first color to combine with black is emerald green. The result you get from combining these colors looks so elegant and sophisticated. For instance, you can wear black lace long-sleeve top and tuck it inside emerald palazzo shorts or trouser. You can also keep things bright and elegant by pairing emerald green turtle neck top tucked in black knee-length skirt or jeans. Combining these colors comes with a perfect balance. We love this combo because of its versatile look which flatters most of skin tones and colors.

Another perfect color combo is black and blue. The classic pairing of black and blue is perfect for cold weather days. You can decide to opt for light or dark blue shades if you want to brighten up your outfit and look vibrant. For instance, you can try on bright blue blazers jacket and style it with a floral top tucked in black mini flared skirt or pants, or keep things more sophisticated and elegant by pairing a dark blue cable knit sweater or long-sleeve top with slim black color jeans or black pants and matching the color coat.

If you are going for an event where you want to look sexy, then we would recommend that you pair black with red color. A red and Black combination is a great way to show off your sexy side. You can either go for a casual look or a sexy and dressy look. For example, you can wear a black kimono jacket and style it with red palazzo pants or skinny red jeans. Or you can also keep things casual by rocking a red flannel shirt tucked in black jeans or leather mini skirt.

To brighten up a gloomy day, you can pair yellow with black color. This combo is sure to capture people’s attention and you will stand out from the crowd. For instance, you can wear a mustard-yellow dress and pair it with a black leather jacket and a short black skirt or black tights. You can keep things casual by pairing a yellow sweater with black tights or a black lace pencil skirt.

For a girly look, the combo of black and pink is the best. You can team a pink chiffon top with tight black jeans before asking how to wear black pants. Or you can also wear a pink turtle neck top with black pleated flared skirt. This will make you look younger and girly.

Chicisimo will select outfits to inspire you on how to combine black with white and other colors. With this outfit planner, you do not have to look boring or spend hours trying to get the perfect combo with black and any color. Chicisimo will select the best color combo for your outing.

How to get started using the outfit planning app Chicisimo

“I installed Chicisimo. And now… what?” That’s awesome! Probably you were looking for a closet app or an outfit planning app… and you found the right one! You might like to know that Apple has featured Chicisimo as App of the Day in 140 countries!

First of all it’ll be useful to understand the app:

1.- The Basics:

  • Closet: It’s your virtual closet, a smart closet organizer where you can easily add all your clothes. In fact, this is the key piece of any outfit planning app, right?
Virtual closet in Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • Catalog: This clothes catalog will help you upload most of the clothes you have in your closet… in seconds! It’s a catalog of clothes that you’ll use to add your garments to your virtual closet. As it contains clothes similar to the ones you already own, it’s perfect to start creating your closet.
Catalog in Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • Ensemble: It’s a box with a set of clothes of your virtual closet, that you can wear together to create your outfit. As the app picks these outfits for you, with your own clothes.
Ensemble of clothes to create your outfit in Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • Outfit: It’s the picture that a fashionista shares in Chicisimo with her ‘head to toe’ outfit. And also includes items of your closet that you could wear to recreate it.
Outfit and recreation in Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • Recreation: It’s the set of your clothes that you can use to recreate any look in Chicisimo. And it will appear over the look when it’s tapped as a column of clothes. However it will be more or less complete depending on the amount of similar pieces that you added to your virtual closet. Check the picture above!
  • Tips for you: Tips that will help you to understand how clothes fit on you, and how to improve the final results of your outfits. Even though they are oriented to your body shape, you’ll receive also many general ones that will be pretty useful.
  • Album: It’s a set of looks to have the looks you love organized. You can create as many as you wish, and you can save unlimited looks on them, they will help you plan your outfits.
Albums in Chicisimo outfit planning app
  • Fashionista: anyone using Chicisimo! That means, even you! Because you don’t need to upload your outfits to be considered a fashionista.

2.- Sections you need to be familiar with:

  • Today: Here you’ll find one tip for your body shape per day, also some suggestions of ensembles you could wear today and many inspiring ideas of outfits other fashionistas are wearing. It’s a source of inspiration everyone is loving. And as someone said: If you are out of outfit ideas, install this outfit planning app!
  • My closet: It’s your virtual closet organizer. So here you can add, edit and remove pieces of clothing, and also check how to wear them.
  • Search: Here you can search anything related to outfits by typing your search (using hashtags or separated terms) or by using any of our sections: clothes, colors, occasions, styles, seasons… So, think of this as a personal stylist who picks outfits for you.
  • Notis: Where you’ll receive all the notifications related to your activity, and also some editorial ones with interesting looks and albums.
  • Me: It’s your profile. So here you’ll have whatever you upload and save in your albums.

3.- Now it’s time to start!

  • First of all, you need to add your clothes to your virtual closet to get the most out of the app. To do that, we recommend to pick as many items from our catalog as possible. But please, don’t be special! Because we know that they are not exact to the ones you own, but if they are similar… you can change the picture later.
  • After that, it’s optional to personalize your profile, but it’s always better! Add a profile picture, and whatever.
  • Now you are all set to start having fun and discovering inspiration in Chicisimo! Download it now for iOS or for Android!


Outfit Planner Apps vs. Personal Stylist. What’s best?

Women over ages have known one thing for sure, as sure as the sun will rise in the East tomorrow – that they simply do not have enough clothes to wear at any point in time. In addition to this there is the matter of dressing appropriately for occasions with the combination of outfits they already have. All efforts in this direction do not always yield the desired effect at times. You end up despairing as deadlines loom and you are still rummaging aimlessly through your wardrobe.

The best outfit planning app

Check Chicisimo outfit maker app for iOS. It’s both an outfits app and closet app that women use as an outfit planner appto combine the clothes in their wardrobe

Wouldn’t you feel the need for an outfit planner desperately at such times? Someone in the know about fashion trends, as well as an innate instinct to pick out the perfect outfit for you. Someone who will keep in mind who you are as a person, what kind of outfits would look good on you, how to choose accessories to avoid the OTT look and remain classy, and so on.

Who should guide you on wardrobe choices?

The question you will face here is how to go about it in the first place? Who would be the right person to guide you on wardrobe choices? Or should you go with a virtual guide? There is a proliferation of apps now who act as fashion guides. There are bound to be pros and cons of both, leaving you in confusion all over again. Given this, the Chicisimo app is really wonderful, but before you believe in it, here’s something more for you.

What are the factors that weigh in favour or against a virtual app acting as a fashion consultant?

  • 24×7 availability. One of the biggest advantages of engaging with an app when it comes to your sartorial choices is that advice and suggestions are just a movement of your finger away. Be it any hour of the day, with apps like Chicisimo do you even need to worry? Upload every detail of your wardrobe onto these apps, and then take your time to sort and arrange your virtual wardrobe in a manner that is easy for you to access and make sense of.  The fact that this guidance is available to the user at any time is a big plus as against engaging with a personal stylist. Right from seeking an appointment, sometimes weeks in advance, to physically visiting them and then having to wait until they are available in case of last minute emergencies, these are some issues one might face with an outfit planner.
  • Easier on pocket. A personal stylist comes at a cost, full stop. And that cost could be quite a lot too. Especially so as you look at bigger budgets and labels in order to keep yourself looking relevant, stylish and classy. A personal stylist will have her own fees to charge; in addition you have to spend time on them commuting to your place and taking a look at your wardrobe before they can dispense advice. An app is free to download most of the time.  Even if it is chargeable, it is worth the money spent. After all that is all you have to spend in a long time and get your clothes and accessories sorted out for you.
  • Missing out on the real feel. All said and done though, fashion is so much about feel and texture and human judgement, is it not? A virtual app is just that, virtual.  However much AI expands its scope and whatever way app designs are created to make them more interactive, it is till date the general feeling that they cannot replace the human touch when it comes to certain aspects of our lives. A stylist moving around you, tucking in the hem a bit, patting your hair in place just so, is a different feel altogether.  A real interaction and discussion on current trends, suitability, sustainability and so on is a complete different experience. But, believe it or not, the Chicisimo app can indeed give you that experience, by being always at your side.
  • Lack of instinctive dressing. Again an aspect that an app would lack is what a personal stylist can bring in, instinct.  Looking at how an outfit appears on you, adjusting a cinch or adding a scarf for that effect, depending on how you look in it, all of these touches can only be expected from human interaction.  But again, there’s the Chicisimo app which gives you all possible combinations depending upon the different options that you have, the final decision ultimately rests on you. However, you can sometimes not truly judge how you appear in an objective manner that the app can spot.
  • Flexibility. A virtual outfit planner comes with a lot of flexibility to its user.  Apart from the fact that you can use it anytime of the day, an app like Chicisimo allows you to experiment and arrange your belongings and accessories in a manner you like, and is open to reinventing itself again and again as per your whims and fancies, presenting the same items in different categories for you to decide.  It is to be kept in mind that a personal stylist quite likely will not be in the mood for every single time you decide to change your mind. Granted it is their job description to be accommodative of their customer’s fancies but you know how you can be at times, difficult to please with what you have at your disposal.

So to all the beautiful ladies out there, the points are all laid out before you.  You can see for yourself that there are pluses and minuses to both aspects. However, practicality seems to lean towards registering yourself onto a virtual stylist to manage your wardrobe. You are blessed if you have an innate sense of style to add that oomph to what your final look will be like.

Chicisimo is there at hand to guide you in every aspect of fashion. With the app tried out to the satisfaction of customers, it assures you of competent service as it dedicatedly acts as your virtual outfit planner. There is no time to think any longer ladies! Go all out and stun the world with your choice and your look of the season.

This is how an outfit planning app will help you decide what to wear

While some women are very good at being an outfit planner — combining and creating new looks from the clothes in their wardrobe — some women find it difficult to dress for different occasions, combine colors, style different outfits such as how to style a palazzo or how to rock blazers, so they rely on others to teach them what to wear and how to wear it.

What do you do if you are preparing to attend a dinner party and that fashionista cousin of yours is not around to style you and you can’t just reach to her on Skype or WhatsApp? You would probably stay back or combine your outfit anyhow and just look ordinary while others slay at the event.

The best and most reliable way to look on fleek everyday with your outfit is the best outfit planner app. This outfit planner app acts just like a virtual wardrobe guide for you. One of such apps is Chicisimo, a wardrobe app which helps you make your outfit choices. Chicisimo outfit planner app is available on iOS and Android.

How an outfit planner app helps you choose your outfit

Outfit planners serve as a virtual closet for you. You do not have to go through the trouble of scattering and rearranging your wardrobe just because of a simple outfit. nor you have to look underdressed or overdressed for an event. You won’t even have to worry about wearing the wrong attire for the event you are attending. A virtual closet will help you select the perfect outfit for your body and for your outing.

The concept of virtual closet

We all love to picture our perfect wardrobe -our shoes neatly and attractively lined up on a rack, our shirts and tops organized by color or style, every outfit organized and arranged by season and purpose.

However, to be honest, for most of us, this is far from the reality. The truth is our closet is a mess of the clothes we’ve thrown in and it is almost impossible to find what we want to wear. Also, because it’s so difficult to see our clothes in the wardrobe, we tend to wear the same outfit over and over again.  This can be so frustrating. The good news, however, is you no longer have to live like this. With the concept of virtual closet, you can now organize your entire closet from your smartphone.

With virtual closets, you can always dress to kill for any occasion and be the fashionista queen you always wanted to be. Having your clothes on virtual closets is just like having your playlist on spotify. All your clothes are organized and under control.

What you benefit from a virtual closet

You can organise the outfits in your wardrobe by colour, material, style, occasion, and the number of times you have worn them to help you narrow what your next outfit will be.

Also, you can keep a calendar to help remind you of when you wore a particular outfit and to which event you wore it. Most of us do not like to wear the same outfit to an event that might have the same crowd.

Outfit planner serves as a life saver when you don’t know what to wear.

So you check your wardrobe and you don’t know what to wear. Just open Chicisimo and your whole wardrobe will be one tap away. Most times, women find it difficult to find things to wear and they tend to forget a particular garment in the sheer numbers.  After all, there is probably a lot of clothes in your wardrobe and you may not remember everything you have.

This is where an outfit planner app comes in. This apps have a very big memory and they will never forget things like that. A virtual closet will remind you of every piece of clothing in your wardrobe.

Finding it hard to create the perfect outfit combination for a particular occasion? An app planner will help you create outfit combinations you might have not even imagined by combining the latest trends and outfits other fashionistas, like you, are rocking. Most women say they have nothing to wear, not because they actually don’t have anything to wear, but because they have overlooked the a certain combination they would have created with two or more pieces they have in their wardrobe. You can pair something old with something new and create a very beautiful outfit. For example, a new top with an old jeans trouser. A good outfit planner can help you do this.

You can save your favorite looks

You can always save a particular look you will love to wear to an event to an album on your app. The app will help you organize when or for which occasion you are going to wear every look you have saved. You can create outfits from the photos of your clothes in your virtual closet and the app will help you assign dates to wear them. An outfit planner can also help you browse through looks of millions of users and select the best that would suit you. You can also save your preferred looks in your album.

Be the fashionista you have always wanted to be

If you are someone who finds it hard to create the perfect out for events or you’re a serious fashionista who has a busy schedule, an outfit planner app can seriously help you save time and help you look good everywhere you go.

Not only will you look beautiful, classy, and stylish all the time, this app will also help you  learn how to become more organized, especially regarding your wardrobe. With a good outfit planner app, you will never be late again to important events because you’ve spent a lot of time looking through your wardrobe trying to decide what to wear and how to wear it. When it comes to being a fashion queen, embrace technology.

Fashion technology: how to understand fashion taste

The largest opportunity is fashion technology today is to focus on helping people feel better with their clothes. To do so, we need to understand fashion taste. Once we achieve that, we will be able to build personalized experiences on top of people’s unique taste.

But understanding fashion taste and clothing behaviour at scale is a difficult challenge. That’s our focus here at Chicisimo. We are building the infrastructure to automate outfit advice. This infrastructure includes four assets:

1.- A fashion app that has virtual closet. The app helps women as an outfit planning app and Apple features regularly features as App of the Day world-wide. The app helps us learn outfit and clothes behaviour;

2.- A taste graph that is in charge of structuring fashion data, and assigning the right descriptors to outfits and to people. In fashion technology, obtaining clean data is not easy because of the lack of a fashion taxonomy. We’ve built a fashion ontology, and we’ve embedded it into the taste graph that helps us solve this problem. The Social Fashion Graph, that’s how we call our taste graph;

3.- A data portal. This portal provides transparency to the team, and ease of access to data;

4.- Fashion technology patents. These patents protect innovations in three fields: image-based shopping, outfit and closet data, and outfits search.

Are you interested in fashion technology? Please read more about the infrastructure we are building to automate outfit advice.