Reasons to Wear all Black From Someone who Only Wears Black
Living in New York City, we all know that an all-black outfit is the quintessential uniform for any New Yorker. While this head-to-toe black look epitomizes New York fashion, even native New Yorkers tend to own items of clothing that are in other colors in order to broaden the color pallette of their outfits from time to time. However, there is a percentage of people here, including myself, who really do only wear black clothing. It has been a running joke for years now amongst friends, family and co-workers that I must truly have an all black wardrobe. And guess what? That is very true! As someone who has only bought and worn black clothing (with the exception of the times when I was obliged to deviate from this uniform) for around a decade, here are some of the reasons to wear all black, all day, everyday.
1. It’s No Fuss and Always Fashionable
Is there really any color that truly embodies style and sophistication other than black? I didn’t think so either. The most stress-free and simple way to put together an outfit–whether you’re rushing to class, working in the morning, or running late to your dinner plans–is to put on some black attire. If everything you own is black, the majority of the pieces that you own automatically go together. An outfit composed of a pair of black jeans and a black top or sweater with black boots is perfect for almost any occasion. Styling an all black outfit takes next to no effort to put together and you also always look put together.
2. Outfits Seamlessly Transition from Day to Night
Of course, certain types of garments are most suited for certain occasions and different times of the day. However, all black outfits are the most versatile in this department. While I’m not suggesting that it is necessarily socially acceptable to wear a cocktail dress to class or to wear denim cutoff shorts to a fancy restaurant just because these pieces happen to be black, there is more leeway with an all-black ensemble. Whether you are slightly “underdressed” or “overdressed” for a certain event, an all-black mitigates the formality of your outfit. This color always has you covered.
3. No (Visible) Stains
Nothing is worse than spilling some coffee or food on one of your favorite dresses or pair of jeans. Well, that is, if you’re not wearing black. Arguably one of the best reasons to wear black is so you never have to worry about stains again. Sometimes wearing all black feels life-changing purely for this reason.
4. It’s Slimming
Need I say more? But seriously, it is always a great feeling to have outfits that make your overall presence seem more sleek and streamlined. While, of course, everyone’s body looks great just the way it is, leaning out and lengthening your look always feel empowering. This way of dressing instantly makes you look trim and timeless.
5. Black Builds Confidence
You better believe it, because this has been proven. Even though what we wear should not dictate our levels of self-esteem, our clothes definitely help build up our self-confidence. Putting on an outfit that makes you feel good will always make your day so much better. Especially for those occasions when you need a boost of confidence, such as for a job interview or a first date, wear black to feel more empowered and to be perceived as more confident. Your personality will most definitely shine through, so have a killer outfit that complements it!
Many people often complain that they wear too much black, but this practice is one to praise. Stay sartorially sensible and go back to black!
Written by: Elisa Lewittes