Fedora, Catarzi. (Now almost 60% off!) Blouse, Asos. Denim, Joe’s Jeans. Necklace, Anthropologie. (Similar option here.) Flats, Chanel. (Similar option here.)
It’s no secret I’m a sucker for a head to toe black ensemble. It’s easy, foolproof, and always looks chic.
However, I remember a time (until around the age of 20, basically) that I was actually uncomfortable with the idea of wearing all black! I felt like it would come across “too edgy”–even though that was exactly how I wanted to look.
When I moved to New York, and started working in the closet at Marie Claire, things quickly changed. I suddenly became surrounded by so many successful, beautiful, and interesting women who wore head to toe black. Seeing them gave me the courage to be myself and actually start dressing the way I wanted to.
If you’re still on the fence about whether YOU can rock the shade, keep reading! I’ve made a little list of the 5 best cases for wearing an all black look.
Black Doesn’t Show Stains: If you’re a perpetual spiller like I am, the color is great for hiding little mishaps. I know lots of people are hesitant about washing their blacks because they don’t want them to fade. I always use an ultra-dark detergent like this one since it’s effective at getting out any stains while still making sure that you’re blacks stay as dark as possible!
Black Makes Cheap Fabrics Look More Expensive: I’m not sure of the exact science behind it, but have you ever seen a dress in two different colors and the black one looks more expensive? Black tends to tone down the sheen and any other tell-tale signs of cheap fabric.
Black Is Slimming: Black reflects less light than other colors, and doesn’t cast unflattering shadows under wrinkles or fabric bends. Thus, it’s more forgiving of “problem areas” and gives the illusion of a more sleek fit.
Black Matches Everything: Since there’s only one shade, it’s easier to match a black sweater with black pants than it is to make a pink sweater with pink pants. It’s fool-proof to throw on when you’re in a hurry in the morning since you’ll look put together no matter what.
Black Makes People Think More Highly Of You: Still not convinced? According to this study, wearing black makes you appear more attractive, intelligent and confident.
Anyone else a fan of the color? Did I leave anything out? Let me know in the comments below!