When I was younger, people that wore all black were considered “goths”. What are goths you ask? Well, from what I’ve observed, apart from repping team Gothic, they were people that opted for all black. Think black clothes, hair dyed super black, dark eyeliner and wait for it – black nail polish. Let’s just say that this was not considered mainstream while growing up. Often times these “goths” were considered weird – bare in in mind this was before our “lets celebrate individuality” culture. But times are changing – these days wearing all black from head to toe is considered effortlessly “chic” or “elegant”.
On a more somber note, the last time I wore all black for a prolonged period of time was when my dad passed away and I decided to wear all black for a year whilst in mourning. At the time I really didn’t think about it – i just did it. It was survival, really.
This time around it’s completely different. For starters, I am in a completely different headspace and generally wear a lot of colours. In all honesty I really wasn’t sure if i would be able to do it because I have incorporated so much colour in my wardrobe – to suddenly switch to wearing only one colour seemed sinful.
After each day I reflected on how wearing all black made me feel. Below are my observations:
My decision fatigue reduced dramatically – it was a lot easier to get ready in the morning.
I felt really put together – head to toe black had me feeling like a classic woman.
With my outfits sorted I could focus more on my hair and makeup.
When I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror I seemed to look slimmer and elongated. Sure made me smile.
It became easier to wear all black as the days passed – I began to wonder if I ever needed colour in the first place?
I was able to spend more time on other things that mattered, rather than obsessing on creating and wearing the perfect outfit.
I got a lot of compliments at work – I guess the all black look was so different from my everyday colourful attire.
Laundry was easy! Since I had worn all black it was so easy to wash my clothes at the end of the week -thus more time to do other things.
I am not a messy person but at times I have been a victim of getting pasta sauce getting on my white blouse – when wearing all black, I didn’t have this problem.
Black goes with everything – things that I found at the back of my closet all of a sudden were brought back to life when paired together.
Look, I really surprised myself with this challenge – as an avid pro colour wearer I really enjoyed wearing all black. It is, however, a strange feeling because I felt like I could be my true self when not wearing clothing of colour that sometimes overpowered me as a person. Jaden Smith said it best, “i am just an icon living”.