The Art of Wearing Black

We can all go through a black stage at any time in life. When faced with a physical, mental or emotional crisis, we are often drawn to black. We wear black as a cover in which to hide. People who regularly wear black can be showing their unhappiness and feelings of inhibition, often without realizing that wearing black will continue to undermine their feeling of self-worth.

Reflecting upon my diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, I realized I was dressed in black for many months. My entire closet was filled with dark colored clothing  as I primarily purchased black.  Black provided protection and comfort at a time of uncertainty and concern. As my healing progressed, and I could release my cocoon, I began adding colors such as red, orange, blue and white back into my wardrobe.  A nice breath of fresh air.

Black also serves as psychological protection. For example, when traveling into the city from the suburbs, you will notice how the colors people wear get darker the closer you get to the city. In built up areas, people tend to wear dark grey and black. These colors protect their personal space in crowded areas, although, there are other colors which can do this too such as violet and white.
While the color black can be seen as protection, it is often seen as a color of sophistication, as in ‘the little black dress’, or ‘the black tie event’ too!

Affluent and success orientated women often choose black as it can give an impression of elegance, sophistication, confidence and power. 

As well, black is often associated with sexiness and seduction, as in the temptress in sexy black lingerie creating an air of mystery and intrigue.

Black is common for work attire because it is considered businesslike, but can drain your energy and enthusiasm if you wear it daily. So if you wear black for work, try adding some bright accents that suit your personality and mood that day such as scarves or jewelry.

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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