Black is the new Black

I have heard it said several times by many people, 'gray is the new black.' I can appreciate the sentiment - if not the attempt to replace one of the most flattering colors on the spectrum. I am a strong fan of the color gray, particularly the ice gray shade. However it doesn't matter how the color is styled or arranged, it simply cannot take the place of black. Gray is not the new black. Black is the new black. It is better than ever.

Long gone are the days when black was worn as an expression of mourning or to symbolize formality. Wearing all black is much more in vogue and it just looks good. There are so many reasons why black is the perfect staple color for your wardrobe and why it is irreplaceable.

Black never goes out of style, no matter the season. One-hundred plus degrees be damned! A slinky, black tank with a black skirt and black heels of some sort....check. Summer, little black dresses - the ubiquitous LBD - will always be on trend and with good reason. LBDs are timeless, iconic and extremely versatile. Everyone looks sensational in them. True #summervibes.

Black flatters a multitude of figures and it is a very forgiving color. The color is very dominant and when the look is monochromatic it increases the effect of the sleek silhouette. Whether it's chic, edgy or laid-back, it flatters the wearer.

Let's not forget about accessories! You can really show off your accessory game with this color. Rock the metallics, add a splash of color or, go full contrast with white accessories. All of it plays well against a black backdrop. Some dope accessories and an all-black ensemble is a winning combination and an effortless way to put together a stylish look.

If the mood strikes you, a monochromatic black look can also be very low-key. Rather than couple pieces together that might normally stand out you can also create understated, low-key looks to blend in with others. For instance a simple black sweater or blazer with black pants. A black jumpsuit is another alternative. Accessories should be skipped or very minimal if the goal is to create a look which integrates seamlessly with that of others.

The list goes on, I'm just scratching the tip of the iceberg. Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto summed it up perfectly when he said, "Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy — but mysterious. But above all black says this: 'I don't bother you — don't bother me.'" Give me a color with more dimensions!

For me it is unequivocal, black is the new black. There are some imitators, but there is only one color that comes through in a clutch, tried and true. Nothing looks better than an all-black outfit. It is the equivalent of the wardrobe king.

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