Sure, there is a place in every woman’s wardrobe for a black garment (or three) – but why do the majority of us open the wardrobe door to face a total black-out? The black- wearing women out there are full of reasons for this – it’s slimming, black has class, and the best of all - it’s efficient, as everything coordinates. Very little time and effort is needed in the morning as there is no time wasted trying to match, or figure out what goes with what, you can wear your clothes in endless combinations – therefore using your time effectively. Colour fads may come and go – but black is forever!
But, is an attachment to wearing black simply a convenience – less a matter of style, than an addiction? Can you imagine not having black in your wardrobe and stepping boldly out in colour? There is a powerful psychology around this topic, and the unconscious messages that colour sends.
- Dark colours are seen as more formal, dominant and authoritative (Police and priests wear dark colours)
- Light colours make people seem more friendly and approachable.
- Bright colours suggest confidence and energy
- Muted tones are conservative and non-threatening
If you have a wardrobe full of black clothing, and are nervous of adding colour, here are a few simple tips to start you off –
Start by buying a classic shaped dress, but in an on-trend colour, or a bold print. If it is a timeless style you won’t get bored with it as easily.
Buy colours and prints during sale time, so that you are not making such a big financial commitment to something you are unsure of. When clothes are half price or less you can be a bit more adventurous.
Add colour with accessories, handbags, scarves, or belts or shoes. These items do not tend to date as quickly as garments, and you can ring the changes in your wardrobe. Take your Little Black Dress – add red shoes, a belt and scarf, and the outfit will just sing!
Start adding more colour to your wardrobe, and stop wearing black as your default – your confidence will soar!