Top Reasons Why You Can Always Wear Black
Posted on December 17 2015
Black is a color that is mysterious, classic, and versatile. It represents and communicates a bundle of things but we love it most because it has the ability to cover and conceal our most problematic feminine proportions. Black not only excels in giving us a formal and lovely appearance it is also known for giving us the courage to pull off more casual styles when needed. We choose to wear black when we need to hide our true emotions yet evoke confidence and grace. We chose black because it is forgiving and flattering. We choose black because it is often our style savior.
At the shop we love black so much so that we’ve devoted an entire collection to little black bandage dresses. Over this past year we’ve covered how to wear black, styling the formal black halter dress, and the history of the little black dress. If you are already convinced of the power of wearing black then let our list of reasons to wear black reinforces what you already know. Alternatively, if you aren’t too sure of the color black allow us to convince you other wise.
See studies showing how wearing black makes a person feel smarter, more attractive, and sexier.
Black breathes elegance, is versatile, and slims your frame.
If you are planning a night-out and need an evening style that is elegant and classy, a little black dress is just the thing you need. Pair an understated black dress with stiletto high heels, jewelry, a textured clutch purse, and a faux fur jacket for a look that is elegant and timeless. Wearing black gives you the illusion of being more slim as well.
Sequoia from 3FatChicks explains, "Black increases that slimming illusion because it does not reflect light. Other colors are affected by light, projecting reflections or casting shadows in areas where your body curves or the material bends and wrinkles. Black, on the other hand, doesn’t have this effect, so any imperfections remain hidden under the clothes. In short, black is a very effective color for hiding bulges, lumps and bumps. White highlights all shadows, making bulges and lumps prominent and causing the exact opposite effect of wearing black."
You never have to worry about matching when you choose black pieces. Finding just the right shade of red to match your skirt or shoes is a daunting task in a world full of hues but pair them with black and find a style that is versatile and easy.
Italian designer Massimo Vignelli hits the nail on the head, “To begin with, black has class. It’s the best color. This is no other color that is better than black. There are many other colors that are appropriate and happy but those colors belong on flowers. Black is a color that is man-made. It is really a projection of the brain. It is a mind color. It is intangible. It is practical. It works 24 hours a day. In the morning or the afternoon, you can dress in tweed, but in the evening, you look like a professor who has escaped from a college. Everything else has connotations that are different, but black is good for everything.”
Your look can be as unkempt chic as you like with black as your color base. Whether you go out partying or for a formal dinner - wearing black gives you instant polish. Pair black leather and faux leather jackets with black boots, a trendy printed top, and high heels for a night out partying. A simple and well-fitting black dress teamed up with a suit or blazer, sensible heels, and understated jewelry is perfect work attire.
Based on the fact that black is so versatile you are likely to find that it is incredibly easy to layer because of its slimming effects. As designer Vignelli puts it black is very practical and this makes it ideal for layering as well. Black leggings or tights paired with a skirt, shorts or even a black dress can be layered up with a jacket, scarves, and hat with ease.
Bright colors often make women with darker complexions look even darker, while pastels tend to make fair complexion look more pale and washed out. Black, on the other hand, is the go-to color for all skin tones because it is flattering and non-reflective. Whether it is a boardroom meeting or an outing with friends, black dresses, biker jackets, boots and heels, when paired right, can add an edgy and powerful element to your look without crossing into gothic styles.
Black works for all season and creates effortless style.
There was a time when it was assumed that black is best avoided during warmer weather. However, black has evolved into a true all-season color. During the summers, a black dress or tee works like a charm. In fact, black is the best color to keep you cool in the heat because it absorbs your body heat instead of reflecting it back like a white dress tends to do.
All you need are a few basic articles of clothing in black. Monochrome trousers and black tops are perfect for most occasions. From neon accessories to pale nail polishes and shoes – black helps bring out other colors by effectively melting into the background when you need it to. If you need to look fierce and intimidating, black is the color to go for because it demands attention in subtle persistence. Award-winning Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto’s mantra is, “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me’.”
Black is a color that can be worn over and over and over again. Unlike a bright red dress or a patterned printed one, a black dress can be worn more often without it being obvious. Just remember to accessorize it differently every time and vary your makeup. Core outfits with black as their base are perfect for PTA meetings, formal settings, and presentations. It lends a serious yet easy professionalism to most looks.
Black clothing in rich fabrics such as velvet, silk, and lace are ultra-luxe and opulent. A glittery black evening gown paired with high heels and understated makeup provides a posh style that is versatile and easy.
Black also keeps things sensible. Whether your clothing is expensive or cheap, as long as it is black, it is easy to pull off. From inexpensive sheer tops and leggings to black jackets, you do not need to break the bank to look chic in black. The dark tones of this color helps to streamline your figure whether you are 23 or 50 years old. Pair it with sober accessories for a mature look, or bright pops of color for a young look.
Black brings a cohesive and sophisticated style to your wardrobe.
Wearing black brings together patterns and textures. From crushed velvet to jacquard textures, black dresses and tops are available in all types of fabrics. Experimental style can look over-the-top when it is colorful. With black, taking risks is easy, and you have a better chance of pulling the look of.
Black pairs incredibly well with your wardrobe favorites. So whether you want to sport a laid back casual look with a chambray shirt and jeans, or a black dress with a denim jacket your look comes together to be grounded and stylish.
From thigh-high black leather boots and net leotards, celebrities have used black clothing to full effect. The color is inherently sensual, all you need is the right amount of chutzpah to set it off. When you choose to wear black you are in good company with celebrities like Jessica Lange, Joan Didion, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, and of course, Angelina Jolie – the list really is endless. And it isn’t just celebrities many fashion mavens like Coco Chanel swear by black. Credited with inventing the LBD in 1926, Chanel’s fashion house is well known for staying true to the original form and function of the quintessential LBD.
The bottom line is that there is no color darker than black so you get a natural depth to your look and style when you put it on. Put its slimming effects to maximum use in your bathing suits as well and avoid fashion faux pas of becoming transparent once wet.
Black is also weighted enough to carry your favorite go to accessories. With a black dress, you can really go wild with your accessories – think oversized glasses, feathered hats, leather totes, and multiple chains.
If you are hoping to make a lasting impression, opt for black. Would Angelina Jolie have cut an iconic figure in a floral gown instead of her go-to black gown with a thigh-high slit? Would Holly Golightly be quite as iconic in Breakfast at Tiffany’s if she was sporting a pretty frock instead of her LBD and pearl choker?
If you are trying to pick clothes to wear before your coffee in the morning, the last thing you want to do is spend time matching your clothes. Black is the perfect color for when you do not want to think about your clothes too much, but still look chic and polished. Black clothing makes your wardrobe more efficient. You will not have to waste time looking for things that match the one article that you really want to wear - black offers you endless combination options. Dress it up, dress it down, create a look that is boho chic, strong, elegant, sexy, trendy, clean, casual, or cool – there is no look you cannot nail in black. Clothing looks better in black. It just does.
If the word footloose defines your lifestyle, then your wardrobe is most likely dominated with black. It is the most convenient color to wear for travelers and those who spend time on the road because it camouflages mishaps and always appears polished.
When in doubt, black is always the safer choice. Whether you are dressing up for a party, date night or casual gathering, black is a strong bet because it is versatile. Opting for a well styled and constructed black dress is easy and straightforward.
Black wears well and for a long time.
You are likely to get more mileage out of your black clothing compared to other colors. If you do want to splurge on a dress or a jacket, black is a good investment because you can easily wear the same article of clothing for years by jazzing it up with a colorful scarf or shoes. Black stands the test of time. Pantone announces their trending color of the year. The one color you will not see on their list is black. Why? Black is timeless – it never goes out of style.
The key to understanding the timeless elegance of black lies in accepting its minimalism. Black is a statement that does not need to make a statement at all. The best designers in the world agree that true style lies in the form, and not in embellishments or garish trends. This is where black rules the roost. Its minimalism takes away everything that is unimportant, and channels your focus only on its crisp color, and pure aesthetic.
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