“Anything but black” they tell me when they walk in. “I have too much black” they say as they peruse the rails of clothing. *Tries not to roll eyes*
Over the years working in retail I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard these statements. Nodding my head I reply, “totally, same” …except inside I’m screaming, NOOO…for me, there’s no such thing as too much black. In fact, I consistently seek out black t-shirts that are identical to the ones I already have because I like them so much.
Black is a staple in our wardrobes for a reason, it works on everyone, it’s minimal, classic, slimming, and even if it’s covered in sequins or metallic it’s still somehow understated. I love wearing black, and so do you, that’s why we wear it so much.
I say it’s time to embrace it…I’m not against wearing colour, and I understand the youthful appeal, but let’s not mitigate the functionality and elegance that dressing in black has to offer. Not that I need to support this thesis further, BUT wearing black is like a blank a canvas for endless possibilities. Accessories, wild shoes, and jewelry really, really pop when wearing an understated outfit.
If you insist on wearing colour, you could try going tonal… I would do it, but I don’t have enough colour in my wardrobe ; ).
About the look:
If we’re being completely candid, which we are, this photo shoot was taken in 2015, (I know, I haven’t aged a bit right?!?!?! ) I thought about writing about this look then, and somehow here we are-3 years later and I would/am still wearing a variation of this outfit on the reg. These pants are an oldie, but a goodie from Oak and Fort and the sheer top was my moms, which I co-opted many years ago. Over the years I have collected favourite black pants and each one serves a certain purpose- these Aritzia ones will forever be my favourites, but Filippa K also has a special place in my heart. For my final argument: wearing black is effortless and even if you had to think about it, it doesn’t look like you did.
Photographed by: Hailey York