Fashion Lesson 101: Wearing Black


People wear black because it’s flattering, it matches everything, while others say it conveniently hides spilled coffee and other dirt. But for others, black is more than a color ā€” it’s a lifestyle, and nothing but the inkiest shade will do.

The color black alone relates to the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, and as a result it creates an air of mystery. Keeping things bottled up inside, hidden from the world.

In color psychology color black means power and control which also gives protection from external emotional stress.

Wearing black creates a barrier between itself and the outside world, providing comfort while protecting its emotions and feelings, and hiding its vulnerabilities, insecurities and lack of self-confidence.

Wearing Black as Perspective
We all wear black at various times to hide from the world around us in one way or another. Some of us use it to hide our weight; others among us use it to hide our feelings, our fears or our insecurities.

Wearing black also implies self-control and discipline, independence and a strong will, and giving an impression of authority and power.


Wearing black can make us intimidating, unfriendly and unapproachable because of the power it exudes.

A notable example would be like if the salesman is wearing all black it is possible that he/she can make a lot of sales, but with no friends! For the reason black it emits authority, and also creates fear in the process.

People who like black may be conventional, conservative and serious, or others may think of themselves as being sophisticated or very dignified.

The color black is often seen as a color of sophistication, as in ‘the little black dress’, or ‘the black tie event’.
Affluent and success orientated women often choose black as it can give an impression of elegance, sophistication and confidence.

wearing-black-dressGirls wearing black are often associated with sexiness and seduction, as in the temptress in sexy black lingerie creating an air of mystery and intrigue. It can also imply submission to another (including a sexual partner), similar to the priest wearing black robes in submission to God.

Some travelers believe that wearing black absorbs negative energy. It is also useful to carry something black with you to protect you from harm and negativity when traveling or when going about their usual daily activities outside their home.

Teenagers often have a psychological need to wear black during the stage of transition from the innocence of childhood to the sophistication of adulthood. It signifies the ending of one part of their life and the beginning of another, allowing them to hide from the world while they discover their own unique identity. It is important they go through this stage but a worry when it continues on into adult years if they continue to wear black to the exclusion of other colors.

Keep in mind that too much black can cause depression and mood swings and create a negative environment. Combined with white only, it can create an argumentative atmosphere.

Black is the end, but the end always implies a new beginning. When the light appears, black becomes white, the color of new beginnings.


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