It is funny but I had been thinking about this subject and was already planning a blog about it when it appeared as if by magic in my emails. Now my take may be totally different, but that is what makes life fun!
I was walking yesterday and there was a group of about six people walking towards me dressed from head to toe in black, now they might have been attending a funeral at the church across the street although they were not dressed up at all and it got me thinking; when has the color taken over? Black used to be worn for funerals and formal events, every woman worth her salt had a little black dress that she could use for both occasions and look appropriate. I don’t know if it just started sneaking into the fashion world for everyday wear or if one designer spearheaded the campaign. Norma Kamali used to go for it if I remember correctly. If you watch Project Runway (I am a big fan, so many talented people) the judges are always asking to see color. So maybe we are coming around.
I know this time of year you want darker colors, but why black? No wonder everyone is depressed! Let’s see some color folks! I looked through my wardrobe and found three true black pieces: a velvet jacket, dress pants and yoga pants from my son’s alma mater. Black is supposed to be slimming, well that can be said of any well cut and well fitted garment. Dressing head to toe in black just makes you look like Darth Vader or a crow. I love navy blue and I find it much less harsh and really looks good on most people. My cocktail dress in a timeless design is a dark navy and I can wear it any time of the year.
It used to be that you would never put children in black and that is probably because of the funereal connection, and I am sure there are parents out there saying that they look cleaner longer and while that may be true another color like brown or navy blue would work too.
So fall really is a time of color and even if all the leaves are off the trees there are still different colors to revel in, try a soft grey so many colors go with it and it doesn’t make you look like you want to withdraw from the world. Black has it’s place but should it really be in everything we wear? There are so many colors out there, go out and experience them and see if you don’t feel a little more joyful when you weed black out. If you don’t want to jump in with both feet right away, get an accessory say a scarf and wear that. I notice that I feel happier when I am wearing nice saturated colors even when paired with my black velvet jacket or black pants. You might even affect someone else with your positive attitude and without knowing it they will pay it forward also.
So try living everyday with color in your clothes, who knows we might start a trend!