As introverts, we live for moments we can make a statement without actually having to make a statement. We love being perceived but not approached. We also really like looking put together with minimal effort. Wearing an all-black outfit is often synonymous with grief and rebellious teenagers, however, an all-black outfit can make as much of an impact as a bright, flowery top or dress. Black is the ultimate neutral. While I am the first to admit wearing an all-black outfit is a kind of security blanket for me, something about the color feels so powerful.
One of my most cherished childhood memories was the day my Dad first played me the Sex Pistols. I was about eleven when I became interested in rock music but there was something undeniable about the sound of the influential punk band that I had to have more of. Looking back, I think it was the combination of their reckless energy and gritty aggression that made me feel heard when I was unable to share anything at all. As my fascination grew, I absorbed everything I could about the Punk scene of the 70s and 80s. To my mother’s horror and to my father’s delight, I tried my best to emulate the signature style as best as I could without getting into trouble. The compromise: black. I did not have to wear my hair in liberty spikes or smudge eyeliner all over my eyes in order to feel a sense of belonging to that culture. As I got older, however, I realized that my affinity for black clothing was not about trying to relife a time I did not belong to but express myself. I love the feeling of being perceived just enough to get some attention but not enough to be deemed outwardly offensive.
If you want to start incorporating black into your wardrobe, I would suggest going back to basics. Start by searching for a little black dress that you actually love. From Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Princess Diana, the infamous little black dress can be dressed up or dressed down. It might take a while to find one that really speaks to you but when you find one you really love, you will be surprised by how much you’ll reach for it on a night out or when you don’t want to put any effort into your outfit. The timelessness of a little black dress goes a long way. Or if dresses are not your cup of tea, try looking for a pair of solid black pants. They could be jeans for a more casual vibe or dress pants if you want to look a little more put together. Regardless, black, like white, is the perfect blank canvas to pair with your most elaborate or outlandish accessories. All you need to do is have fun with it and wear what feels right to you.
Though some people find the need to express themselves through color, we know our personalities shine in contrast to our dark clothing. In conclusion, we are representatives of the Gothic tradition in a more modern context. So, put on your Docs, smudge out your liner, and go intimidate the hell out of everyone.