Why Do Some People Often Wear Black?

aliciavikander.jpgFashion speaks in a way that allows one to express themselves without having to say a word. It’s an expression of personal style. It’s a way of presenting ourselves to the world, the way we see ourselves or the way we might like to be portrayed. I wear what I feel most myself in, and it often just happens to be inside of black, grey, nude or navy clothing. Comfort and simplicity are the two things I look for in clothing. Black clothing are often our common statement pieces or a piece of clothing we will wear repeatedly. It’s commonly known for coming in every style of clothing, giving a slender figure, making one appear more sophisticated and being perfect for casual and formal occasions.

It’s simple to style and less time consuming. For those who don’t like to spend too much time in the mornings deciding what to wear, black is simple to style without giving too much thought. Most of our black clothing come in basic pieces (pants, shirt, coat). It speaks for itself, and is easy to match.

Black will always be in fashion. It’s one of those common sayings that Black clothing is timeless and will never go out of style. Nearly every person will have at least one item of clothing in black. Clothing’s in stores will very often come in black.

It’s unconsciously done through habit. I think it was around 2011 when I started wearing a lot more black. I wasn’t aware of it at the time, and I started to shop for more black clothing because they matched well with my colourful clothes. Over the years it was something that I didn’t intend on, but it just happened.

The need for minimalism, quiet and no distractions. Adopting the need for a minimalist lifestyle, often comes with simplifying ones wardrobe. For those who may require deep concentration or periods of quiet, they may find that wearing black tends to allow one to feel those aspects even more so. Perhaps it’s like putting on a costume.

Black can express so much, yet say so little. According to Colour Psychology, black creates an air of mystery. It keeps things hidden from the world in it’s secretive nature. It has the ability to barrier oneself from the outside world and protect ones emotions and feelings. Some people wear black to hide their weight, feelings or insecurities. Black can also imply self control, power, confidence, independence and strong will.

Some creative people think better wearing black. Some artists, poets, musicians, dancers and other creatives may often wear black because it is less likely to distract themselves from the art. If a person just happens to be a creative introvert that wears black too, you may relate to the mental state of keeping your mind off yourself.

The ability to appear more sophisticated. I’m not sure about you, but I have quite an innocent face, and wearing black tends to make me feel that I can be taken more seriously. Even when my facial appearances may appear more soft, I’m very aware of certain things, but I feel that wearing black has the ability to emphasise that.

The illusion of being taller and slimmer. Black clothing has the ability to flatter ones figure, by creating the illusion of being more slender. If you look at street fashion, it’s even more noticeable how pleasing black can be to the eye.

It makes them feel comfortable and stylish. As someone who is somewhat shy at times, I find that black makes me feel stylish and comfortable at the same time without sticking out too much. I really do feel to some degree, that what we wear can affect our mood. When you feel good in your clothing, it shows.

They don’t feel the need to fit in with the crowd. Trends come and go. Black clothing is worn year after year. Especially when you think about the sort of clothes one recycle at the end of the year, they tend to be the floral, patterned, denim or textured clothing that is no longer worn regularly.

Personality can also affect ones reason for wearing black. Perhaps if you are more serious and conservative you may feel more comfort in wearing black. There is a sense of being able to be ones self when wearing black. Black can be intriguing, endearing or interesting. Black clothing can also reflect the way one may keep many of their thoughts and feelings inside, rather than revealing them.

Photography by David Bellemere For The Edit

5 thoughts on “Why Do Some People Often Wear Black?

  1. So true that quite of us are fond of wearing black, and it was lovely to read through list why some do so. Agree that it can make someone look slimmer and and sophisticated be it work or play. I used to like to wear black a lot – black to work, black on the weekends. These days I prefer wearing light colours because I feel that light colours make me look more positive. Then again, my jeans are usually a dark blue colour, and the leggings that I wear at home are also black. Yeah, black and dark colours go well with bottoms :)

    1. That’s true, lighter colours can be more pleasant. I do find especially when I went through a period of time where I wore black nearly everyday, it can make one seem not as approachable. They really do, especially after going through a phase where I wore leopard and striped pants! (very hard to match)

  2. This is so true! It’s the one color that fits everyone.
    I also unconsciously started buying and wearing more black for my classical music solo/orchestral concerts xD (I’m not complaining though!)

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