Everyone develops their personal fashion style in their own ways; they may take their cues from magazines, from the people in their lives that they look up to, or they may simply pull inspiration out of their own imagination. Elements of style–whether pieces of clothing, certain shoes, or accessories–are meant to make us feel confident, and these vary based on the person as well.
For me, there are a few things that make me feel particularly confident: lipstick, shoes that announce my arrival, and dark colors–especially black. Though black clothes often have an association with “goth,” a new survey has found that the color can make the wearer appear “serious” and “reliable.”
Conducted by UK-based whole supplier Buytshirtsonline, 1,000 people were surveyed about their perceptions of different colors of clothing and how they reflected on those wearing them. The survey found that there is almost never a wrong occasion to wear black.
“Throughout all our survey, black came first or second in most ‘good’ traits (for example confidence, intelligence and sexiness) and barely figured in the ‘bad’ traits (arrogance),” Buytshirtsonline wrote. “Black is the colour to wear when you’re trying to impress, reassure or woo. There’s a certain trustworthiness about it on a person that would make you hand over your life savings and thank them for the privilege.”
Although black clothes may have a bad or “gothic” reputation to some, it is also beloved by many famous fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Ann Demeulemeester. In fact, Christian Dior said, “You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion.” This sentiment has seemingly been proven by the survey conducted by Buytshirtsonline.
I am of the same mind as Dior in that I will wear black clothing for any important occasion, whether a job interview, a date, or any time that I need to feel confident or want to impress another. Even in summer, when most have traded in their black jeans for shorts or black boots for sandals, I’ll still wear at least a single piece of black clothing most of the time. Now that fall is beginning, you can be sure my black clothing is coming out in spades.
As Ada Polla, co-creator of Swiss skin care line Alchimie Forever, wrote for The Huffington Post, it’s important to match fabrics to the season when wearing black: “A black wool dress will look fabulous in the fall, but out-of-place during the summer. Silk and linen make it easier to pull off the all-black look during the warmer months.”
So, if you’re the type of person who, like me, prefers to wear black year-round because it makes you feel confident, there certainly are ways to pull it off. Plus, now that the Buytshirtsonline survey backs up our positive perceptions of black clothes, there’s no real reason to avoid wearing all black whenever the feeling strikes.
Feature photo courtesy of Maria Morri.