Paint it Black.

Black Dress

Black. Way chic, n’est pas? Sure, but the spring of 2012 is looking waaay colorful. Color blocking, pastels, stripes and dots, to name a few. This spring is looking like one crazy-ass color wheel. But what if I don’t wanna? What if I like to keep it all dark and lovely? Adding a POC* is fun and funky, but if you don’t mind I have a few words to say on behalf of the dark side. . .

I’ll admit that I can fall victim to a color-coveting trance after thumbing through a fresh, new J Crew catalog. It all looks so amazing. The oranges, the reds and the brilliant grass greens. It’s gorge in print but when it comes to picking something off the rack, I usually go black.

I’ve heard Clinton and Stacy of TLC’s What Not to Wear get all riled-up about women and their dependency on wardrobe items of this color. I get it. Too much of anything is never a good thing. But there is something about a classic little black dress (LBD if you will) that just speaks volumes to me. Allow me to explain:

An item in black has a bit more longevity. That off-the-shoulder sweater in the mustard hue has about a 3 month shelf-life.

My long, floor-sweeping red cardigan certainly says, “WOW” but my long black one says, “Thank you for wearing me at least once every week for the past year.”

A tight, black turtleneck will outlast cockroaches in the aftermath of an apocalypse.

Finally, my  black, velvet trench has seen many more beautiful dining establishments than my navy blue pea coat. My navy pea coat is pretty pissed.

Enjoy the spring’s newest color palette. After the snow melts we deserve something bright and cheerful sprinkled throughout our wardrobes. I’ll be out shopping these new, colorful trends right along with ya. But before you hit the mall to OD on color-blocked tunics, remember that old saying, “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other is . . . black.”

*POC = Pop of Color. Thanks Brad “Please pass the Kleenex” Goreski for giving the world yet another kitschy acronym. Love it.

I just snagged a bold pair of red, cropped, skinnies (to mix with all of my black). What color trend are you embracing this spring? 

One Response to “Paint it Black.”

  1. Katy Potaty February 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

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    I absolutely agree – I love summer clothes like it’s nobodies business, but I come back to black whenever I find myself less than inspired.

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