BLACK! Black as night, black as COAL!
If my wardrobe had a theme song, it would undoubtedly be The Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black. Seriously. Black handbags? Check! Onyx jewellery? Definitely. Dresses, scarves, berets and an army of ebony heels, ballet flats and boots? B-u-s-t-e-d! Even my JEANS are a sombre, sooty black!
Yes, amongst a sprinkling of florals, stripes and sequins lies an abundance of black, black and – just for good measure! – MORE black, and although it’s a situation that I’ve acknowledged for years, I’ve never actually pledged to amend my purchasing habits and implement some temporary fashion resolutions involving banning acquiring more pieces in such a shade.
What IS it about darker clothing that makes it so covetable? Is it its timeless appeal? An obsession derived from an interest of choosing flattering items? Or is it from a perspective of comfort, and the fact that cultivating articles of clothing in a midnight shade typically presents a low-risk, minimal-fuss alternative to dressing? I suspect the latter is the reason behind my ownership of a 95% black wardrobe, and although my love for it will be eternal, it’s a reliable, unevolving safety net that I need to hurl myself out of headfirst!
For the month of September, the habit of instantly gravitating towards these items before even politely glancing at the colourful fuschias, blues, yellows and emerald-tones on offer in stores MUST be broken! I refuse to procure another single garment in this shade for four whole weeks and plan to embrace bright hues with the warmth and acceptance necessary to welcome any new friend. If it’s freezing and I need a new pair of stockings, I’ll ignore the allure of the trusty black opaques calling my name and instead investigate the delicious grey, ribbed and patterened delights on display. If I begin to squirm at the prospect of not being able to eagerly snap up yet another black frock, I’ll remind myself that it’s all in the purpose of developing my style, gaining confidence and experimenting!
Do you have any sartorial rituals that you’d like to shake-up? What’s your number one repeatedly purchased product, or consistent fashion endeavour?