“You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back… However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.” – Miranda Priestly (Read the full quote on IMDb)Whether it’s your power suit or old jeans and a loose t-shirt, you’re making a statement about yourself. And you know what’s funny? Even when we’re not trying hard in our ensembles, we still look for ways to look decent. We end up repeating outfits or returning to classic pairings. But even the tried-and-tested clothing combos can sometimes throw us through a loop. Those that live with family or friends don’t have to worry much since they have access to each other’s clothes. Everyone else, on the other hand, have no other closets to raid but their own. What’s a girl to do when she hates her clothes and can’t sift through other people’s wardrobes? When all else fails, go with black. From the LBD to skinny black jeans, your black clothing items offer an endless number of outfit options. Think about it. Other than white, can you think of another color that’s guaranteed to match everything else in your wardrobe? Black and white, black and red, black with prints, you name it. And it’s not just the versatility that makes your black pieces a good foundation for your #OOTD. In fact, research indicates that black exudes a lot of positive personality traits we often want to portray in our ensembles. According to a study shared on The Independent, black had the most positive associations out of the given colors. Participants saw black as confidence, intelligence and sexiness. The majority also said they favored the color, in terms of what they see on themselves and on others. So to sum it all up, in times of doubt, look for black. Let’s look at some of your potential outfit combos, starting off with some simple black leggings. Opt for any you own, a distressed pair or plain ones, like our Glossy Leggings with Envelope, wearing a long top or oversized shirt. A graphic tee and some kicks would work for an extremely laidback day. Treat your black skinny jeans in the same way, dressing it down as mentioned or up for the office or a night out. Depending on your schedule, do the same with your shorts, keeping in mind the appropriateness of the setting. And if you have something similar to our Elastic High Waist Lace Casual Shorts, the design of the shorts will still look cute with wardrobe basics, such as a white tee. Cap Sleeve Jersey Bodycon Midi Dress can be adapted to various dress codes. And if you’re looking for a little more character, the European Short Sleeve Doll Collar Mini Dress should do.
Check out our Midi Dress section to get this item now!Black is reliable, forgiving, sophisticated and classic. Once you understand how powerful of a color it is, you’ll realize how easy it really is to build an outfit in the morning.
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.