I for one am sick of women in black dresses. Boring, dull and conformist.
I love to see women in bright colors, pastels, jewel tones, patterns, sequins etc.. Is it just me?
I find black does not flatter most complexions well unless your have a skin tone like Cher or Elizabeth Taylor. The Color Me Beautiful book calls this skin tone winter and they are the one's who can wear all black or white the best.
Being of Italian decent almost all the woman wear black to everything. Looks like a funeral. I went to a Christmas party I was the only one in bright red, the rest looked like they were in mouring. I got some looks, but I didn't care. The next year I choose plum to the same event; that was as dark as I go. Being half Irish I did not inherit the olive complextion so black near my face makes me look washed out. Maybe this is part of the reason Im not into it. I do like it mixed with bright colors such as a black suit or skirt with a bright top. Nice sparkly jewelry also helps.
My only black dress has sparkles all over (mix of colors). With my red hair and fair complextion I don't like how all black looks on me. I go for prints instead.
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I also resist wearing the little black dress. I wear bright colors. My olive skin type helps out with that.
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The black sack with nothing else does little or nothing for a lady but a well fitting black dress with the right jewelry, wrap and shoes can be stunning on almost anyone.
It is also something that can be dressed up or dressed down for formal to informal. It's probably the most versatile weapon in the wardrobe. However like any weapon it has to be of good quality to begin with.
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I agree with Mike. Anyway, one of my travel tricks is to pack a pair a dressy black pants, which saves on space, and then bring several tops to go with them. But think a really chic black dress properly accessorized looks terrific.
Being of Italian decent almost all the woman wear black to everything. Looks like a funeral. I went to a Christmas party I was the only one in bright red, the rest looked like they were in mouring.
So your association of black with mourning comes straight from your Italian cultural heritage (which, BTW, I understand very well, having lived my whole life with wonderful Italian neighbors)....
Yes, it's the Italian custom for a family to wear black for a whole year as a sign of mourning/grieving following the loss of one of its members. After the mass marking the first anniversary of the death, they revert to normal colors. I think that Spain might have a similar custom, but most of the rest of the world does not so most of us do not draw a similar association.