I’ve never liked wearing black. I always thought all black outfits made me look older and more somber (Morticia Adams anyone?)
Everybody says Little Black Dresses are a big deal and so much so that French women have several of them, but I’ve only had one black dress at a time in my closet. I rarely wear my little black dress and wouldn’t dream of wearing it in the spring.
But then I took a trip to New York and noticed everybody wears black in New York. All the time.
Apparently, this is common knowledge. I just started watching Project Runway's Season 11 and for their first challenge the competitors had to create a garment based on New York City. All designs (expect one) were black or gray.
But it makes sense. Black expresses that urban quality and edginess of New Yorkers. (Needless to say I didn’t exactly fit in with my orange cardigan).
Plus, one of the designers from Project Runway, Layana, (a beautiful Brazilian girl whom I totally love) wears black all the time. Who'd figure a Brazilian could like black that much? Her outfits really transmit elegance and professionalism, which is something I want to transmit as well.
All this inspired me to reconsider black.
Based on some of the outfits Layana wears on the show and my last trip to New York I came up with three black outfits I’m dying to wear:
Layana wore an outfit similar to this one on the very first episode and I loved it. What's even better, the skirt she wore is very similar to one I already have.
A black cardigan is a great way to re-purpose a sleeveless dress or tank top. This way the outfit still looks modest and work appropriate.