As New Yorkers, we are pre-programmed to wear a ton of black for the "city-chic" factor. As humans, we are pre-programmed to wear a ton of black for the "slimming" factor. Well, I'm here to try and put a little dent in your all-black closets. While I am a true Manhattanite (as of two months ago, I've been here for 10 years. And I'm pretty sure that's when we earn our card...), in person I look like I should live in LA or Miami...I am always tan, I have massive blonde curls, I only wear yellow gold, and my addiction to brightly-colored, "happy" prints is well-documented. And even though I do respect that whole fashion-editor, super-chic, nerves-of-steel all-black look (and admit that my the "black section" in my own closet is definitely sizable), I think that fashion should be fun and what we wear should brighten our day and make us happier. And sometimes, you need a little infusion of color to achieve that!
I'm not asking anyone to go so far out of their comfort zone (again, fashion should brighten your day, not make you feel like an imposter in your own body!). But I am asking you to step up the effort just a tiny bit. Because here's the thing...black isn't always so chic. It can be boring, make you look unapproachable, and can also be hard to pull of if every single piece isn't the same shade of black. It's also not necessarily slimming...go ahead, wear all black, stand against a white wall and take your own picture. You will look just as slim in other dark colors...and not like you are trying to hide your body behind all that black!
So here are some suggestions. If you are a serious all-black girl or guy...try other dark "neutrals" every once in awhile (wearing so much black also kind of makes you look like you're wearing the same outfit every day. Not cute...). Some of my favorites are navy blue, charcoal grey, deep plum, and chocolate brown. If you are someone who already manages to mix in those dark shades, go one step further and try some lighter colors as well: ice blue, yellow, silver or pale grey, kelly green, and red or coral. And when you're ready, go for a print. Guys, try a great plaid or colorful stripe. Or even an over-all print...just keep it tiny to begin with until you get more comfortable rocking a bigger print! Ladies, try an animal print (most of them have black in them!): leopard, zebra, and python are easy to wear and are sort of neutrals in their own right. And when you're ready, try an abstract floral or one of this season's color-blocking-inspired graphic prints.
And if you just can't bring yourself to change up your "uniform," at least give color a chance in your accessories...use those more exciting hues in your shoes, bags, ties, scarves, even watches and jewelry. The closer to your face you get them, the better...you will automatically be brightened up, look happier, and feel better. I PROMISE.