Fresh Ways to Wear a Little Black Dress

There is a strange myth circulating about me and the color black that I want to clear up, for the umpteenth time.  If you read my good friend Debbie Roes’ blog, Recovering Shopaholic, then you know that she has been blogging about her experience with working with me virtually.  It’s a great piece to read, especially if you have been considering hiring me for a personal style consult.  You can read part 1 here and part 2 here (with more to come).  I am very grateful to Debbie for documenting her experience publicly because this is something I can’t do out of respect for my clients’ privacy.
Anyway, since Debbie’s two posts went up, the comments have been rolling in, which I, of course, have been reading.  Many of the women who have commented have mentioned that they love my blog except for my issue against the color black and that I call women who wear black Blackcidents.  So I want to set the record straight (again) because there seems to be a lot of misinterpretation going on.  I don’t dislike black, I dislike it FOR ME.  Generally speaking, I have no problem with the color.  I have said this many times before.  One time being on video, which you can watch here.
When I tell people I don’t wear black they get strangely defensive, as if my choice to not wear it means I have something against them wearing it.  Another odd occurrence is when women seem to become hellbent on me to wearing black, as if they get some sort of kickback from the black clothing council for converting me.  It’s so strange.  Why all the hullabaloo around my choice to or to not wear a color?  I stopped wearing it when I found there were other colors out there that looked better on me.  It’s that simple.
Setting the record straight on being a Blackcident
The next untrue I want to clear up is, if I don’t have an issue with people wearing black,  why do I call people who wear it Blackcidents?  Well, the truth is I don’t call people who wear black Blackcidents.  I call people who rely to heavily on the color, not people who wear it that.  There is a big difference.  For some people, black can be an exceptional color fitting to their style, coloring and lifestyle.  I have certainly put many of my clients in black and have created the base of their wardrobe around the shade.  However, being a Blackcident happens when the color is chosen in an uninspired manner, in a way that seems more like a fail-safe or security blanket than a conscious choice.   The woman who owns 10 pairs of black pants and unhappily rotates out different tops is usually a Blackcident.  The woman who never wears anything other than a black dress, even though she is craving something different, and then proceeds to style it the same way, like with a black pair of heels and boring jewelry, is usually a Blackcident.  The woman who usually has a pile of black shoes on the floor of her closet with little else to choose from is usually a Blackcident.  And the woman who doesn’t do anything fun with the black she owns, even though she wants to, is usually a Blackident.  Blackidents rarely make the choice to wear black exclusively, they just don’t know what else to do.
I also feel that the world has enough black fashion advocates out there.  Do we really need another fashion expert beating the “black is the best color in the world” drum?  Hardly.  What we need are more fashion experts offering alternative options to those out there who are looking for something different.  This is what I am trying to do, offer alternatives to those who are looking for them.  And it’s not that I never style with black on this blog.  I do it all the time.  I just don’t put black on the almighty pedestal that others do.
So to those of you out there who love black, and the color loves you back, wear it in good health, enjoy it and, just remember, that your black clothes want to have fun too.  Despite the ease that comes with black, the color still likes to be changed up in fun and exciting ways.  That said, in this week’s “One Item, Five Fashionable Ways” I am going to style this little black dress from Reiss five different ways to show you how to get the most out of that/those versatile black dress/dresses you own.  The quickest route to Blackident boredom is to not maximize the black you own in different ways so it feels fresh instead of repetitive.


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