5 Reasons Why I ALWAYS Wear All Black and Why You Should Try It

Let me start by saying that I haven’t always been a fan of all black. In my 30 years, I’ve tried out so many colourful, wacky trends including: bright tweed jackets, wacky rainbow footwear and glittery nail polish with different designs on each finger. After reaching a certain point of in my life, I began to rethink my personal style and brand.

I couldn’t help but consider the style icons I looked up to as a young woman. Of course, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy is tops (she also snagged the ultimate bachelor and my first crush, JFK Jr). CBK aside, I have also admired not only the style but grace and demeanors of Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly.

As modern woman of the 21st century, I decided to refine my day to day style based on the classics. Here’s why I decided on an all-black wardrobe:

  1. Very Little Room for Error – Let me make this as simple as possible: Black pants go with black tops. Don’t forget the black shoes and black sunglasses. Optional: Red or Nude lips.
  2. Consistency and Reliability – We live and work in competitive world and your brand is everything. Dressing in all black communicates to others that you are an individual who is disciplined, concise and collected. You are worth the risk.
  3. Illusion of Composure – Wearing all black makes it look like we all know how to dress stylishly with ease. Black is slimming, powerful and edgy. Coco Chanel once famously said “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
  4. Empower Yourself – Dressing in all black will allow you to take yourself more seriously. Naturally, those around you will follow suit and start inviting you to close door meetings. Trust me on this one– it WORKS!
  5. Be Creative and Own It – The trendiest styles always come in all black. Make it your own with a peplum top, fur coat, fringes, graphic tee or chunky belt (but just don’t wear all 5 together. Ok, promise?)

Next Up on Netflix: #GIRLBOSS

Unless you are completely out of touch with pop culture, you may have heard of Sophia Amoruso, a former hitchhiking, dumpster-diving, community college dropout with a lot of time on her hands who went on to launch Nasty Gal.

Nasty Gal grew to sell over $100 million in clothing and accessories both new and vintage, occupying a 65,000-square-foot office space in LA, employing over 350 people, and having over 2.3 million followers on Instagram alone. Nasty Gal has faced its own hurdles in a constantly changing and volatile retail environment, with having to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 9 to secure financial relief while it restructures.

Next Up for #GIRLBOSS? A 13 episode series from Netflix chronicling Sophia’s start as a rebellious and dysfunctional 22-year-old who, after starting a vintage clothing eBay shop, strikes it big and builds a brand. Check out a sneak peek at what #GIRLBOSS has to offer viewers:

Despite Nasty Gal‘s recent trials and tribulations, one cannot help but wonder if the brand has retained its cache that created a millennial and entrepreneurial movement just a short time ago. People loved interacting and shopping  with a brand that had created a raw, unique yet attainable formula for success (myself included). Now, being a troubled business venture, one can’t help but wonder if the same readers of the 2014 New York Times Best Seller will tune in on April 21, 2017 when the series premieres on Netflix.

Looking back on happier times for #GIRLBOSS and Sophia’s revolutionary success, here are some of my key learning’s from the manifesto:

  1. It’s cool to be weird.
  2. You get what you focus on.
  3. You don’t get what you don’t ask for.
  4. Have ambition, and always set (and re-evaluate) goals.
  5. Be confident in yourself and your abilities.

… and finally, my personal favourite:

  1. Focus on the future, not the past.