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1 September 2014

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Getting rid of the habit of wearing black

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A lot of people have e-mailed me telling me how much my blog and my Mode Lab articles inspire them to want to wear bold patterns and prints. The problem is, a lot of them feel hesitant about doing so because they are so used to wearing black and don't know how to wear anything else besides that. 
If you ask me, I'd say that getting rid of the habit of wearing black is like giving up smoking.


Wearing black has become such an ingrained habit nowadays that people seldom strive to try anything "new" anymore. In fact, wearing black is almost as addictive as nicotine.

When we smoke cigarettes, we experience a certain feeling of calmness. Similarly, when we wear black, we get a familiar comforting feeling because we all know that "no one can go wrong with basic black". And it's true -- black always makes us look confident and sophisticated.



However, if you are a fashion-conscious human being (if you're not, you're reading the wrong blog), then I
 must urge you to step out of your comfort zone and experiment a little more with new things.

Giving up "black" is like giving up cigarettes -- you have to take it one day at a time. Don't go into shock by suddenly thrusting yourself into the world of colors and prints. Instead, start slow by incorporating subtle pops of color into your outfits by wearing colored accessories, bags, and shoes. After a couple of months of doing this, you will start to feel more comfortable with colors and be able to wear dresses, cardigans, and jeans in bright and bold hues. Once you've grown accustomed to doing this, you will then start to feel excited about mixing and matching different prints and colors together.





Much like giving up cigarettes, however, there will always be a time where you'll experience a period of withdrawal and go back to wearing the black that you love so much. The good thing about it is that when that time comes, your desire to wear black will merely be a "want" instead of a "need", which means you'll be perfectly comfortable to wear other colors too depending on your mood.


I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this, but I personally find it boring how designers often use black as the predominant color in their collections. Since "everyone looks good in black", isn't it kind of a cheap cop-out to resort to this ancient method of looking good? 
It's like you're admitting to yourself that you do not have a good sense of style or eye for fashion because you only wear something that you know would look good on everyone else too.

BY: KYLE RODRIGUEZ

FROM: The Stylish Bipolar 

(http://www.thestylishbipolar.com/)


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30 comments:

  1. Great post!!
    XOX, Gap.
    www.gaptoothedgirl.com

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  2. Love it, I've ditched black and am addicted to blue lol

    www.lennae87.wordpress.com

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  3. I'm the total opposite! Rock ROYGBIV all day err day babe...I turn to black to feel super "high fashion" lol...but I do love the idea of adding pops of neon with those fabulous statement necklaces! Thank you for taking the time to swing by hun, hope to see you back soon!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  4. Great post :)

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  5. Wonderful post. Love all the colors of the styles you picked

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  6. Wonderful post, I have the opposite problem where I'm totally addicted to bright colours and prints and can't bring myself to wear just black! In fact, I want to make myself wear more neutrals and minimalist outfits this fall and winter-- wish me luck!

    xx Debbie

    www.whatdoffydoes.com

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  7. Good advice! I've always been a color person myself, but I totally understand wanting to "play it safe" with the black palette

    -- Michelle | MXP STYLE

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  8. woww what a beautiful picks

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  9. Great post, we adore the colorfull looks!
    Un abbraccio
    Eva e Valentina the anarCHIC

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  10. I know black is too easy to wear! Love the responding colours as alternatives
    you have provided!

    xx
    Giana.LDS
    www.ledesociale.com

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  11. Great colors ;)

    http://retromaggie.blogspot.pt/

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  12. Very nice post
    Kisses Gi.

    F-lover fashion blog

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  13. Oh my gosh I wear so much black (especially in the fall/winter) it's crazy haha. It must be the New Yorker in me. I'll definitely have to buy more colorful statement necklaces! The third one you posted is my favorite!

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

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  14. Great pics and inspiration. Love colors, all black is not for me. :)
    Thnaks for your comment.
    Fashion Happenss

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  15. Amazing styling tips!! I loooove the shoes and accessories :)

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  16. hi, very nice post!
    kisses Gi.

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  17. i always fall victim to black on black on black. great post

    mon | http://www.monsemble.ca

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  18. im all for color!!! fun vibrant pieces!!

    Animated Confessions

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  19. Nice work, this is a post for me, i'm always in black!!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

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  20. loved this post! as I just wear black or love wearing black! Ill definitely steal some of your tips! I just stumbled upon your blog! And wow it is amazing, definitely one which is great for inspiration. I love this post specially the great vivid pictures! I would love for you to check out my blog, which by just scrolling through your page, I know you will love!! Keep up the good work
    http://www.timeless-look.com

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  21. Great post!
    Have a nice day!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase
    http://www.gilzetbase.com/

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  22. This is so not my issue haha I am a color lover and I'm not afraid of experiment with bold prints and patterns. But, I can see how a lot of people can struggle with this "addiction" haha Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing :)
    Also thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment, I’m following you on Facebook (also with my personal account) and Bloglovin, I hope you can follow me back to stay in touch.
    XOXO

    Milu
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  23. I love the all black look!!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  24. wonderful article! I love the statement necklaces. It's a perfect way to complete an outfit and be creative.

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  25. Love the idea of statement necklaces! My wardrobe is mainly black, & you have some great tips :)
    - Jenny @ fromthedeskofj.blogspot.com

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  26. I prefer colours better than black
    kss
    new post: http://tupersonalshopperviajero.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/6-summer-outfits-i-like.html

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