Written By: Stephanie Barber, H&H Intern – September 7, 2016

We all have that one favorite outfit, dress, shirt, or pants that we love wearing. Things that make us feel happy, comfortable and confident! I bet more often than not, that special garment is black. I know in my wardrobe, that is definitely the case! Why is that? Sometimes, wearing dark colors can insinuate going to a “funeral” or being “goth” when in reality, wearing black can be a very positive thing!

Here are six positive reasons to keep wearing your favorite dark color:

  1. Improved body image

When we wear darker colors, it naturally makes us feel slimmer. Black has an attractive way of elongating torsos and legs, making us appear, taller, slimmer and sleeker. With the help of black we can make the optical illusion of fantastic legs for days! Who can complain about that?

     2. Confidence boost

Going along with body image, black has this weird ability to make you feel instantly sexier when we wear it. Have you noticed you may carry yourself a little differently when wearing a LBD? This color has a way of making us feel good internally and giving you an instant boost of confidence. Prepping for a presentation, speech or date? Pick out your favorite dark blouse, slacks or dress and watch out world! Every woman feels even more beautiful when wearing that favorite black number, even if it is a t-shirt.

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      3. Versatility

Black can be worn easily any time of the year. There is not a perfect season for black, you can wear it whenever you want! With that being said, black can go from business to happy hour with ease. Black also has an elegance about it, if you wear business suits that can go to business casual for drinks to hanging out with friends in the evening hours on a Friday night with one little black outfit.

4. A sign of intelligence

Research by www.buytshirtsonline.co.uk surveyed 1,000 people asking how people are perceived when wearing certain colors. Not surprisingly, we often associate black with sadness or death. However, with this survey it shows that people who are wearing black come off as more intelligent from onlookers than wearing any other color. *Chart used from www.buytshirtsonline.co.uk.

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      5. Black matches everything

Dark clothing can be accessorized with all other colors. Those amazing pumps that are so red and so shiny will match perfectly with a pair of black skinny jeans! Have a fun new top with nothing but color? Add an adorable black pleated skirt and feel confident that you’ve pulled something great looking, together.

      6. Options

Usually, black is an option for any garment, style or accessory. V-neck t-shirt, skinny jeans, leggings, boots, sweaters, scarfs, hats, handbags, shoes, etc. It does not matter what kind of item you are looking for, it will typically come in one dark option, and we absolutely love that!

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If you are going out on a date night, wear a dark dress, it is sexy! Giving a presentation? Wear a pinstripe gray suit and confirm your intelligence. Black makes us look and feel great even if it gets a bad name most of the time. Wearing black no longer means we are in mourning, instead it means we are empowering ourselves!