Why It's Okay to Wear Black all Summer(+ how to add colour...if you want to)
Not all people feel comfortable wearing colour anytime, for any occasion, or any season. It’s just not in their DNA.
Then there are those that want to add color to a very BLACK wardrobe, but don't know which colours or where to begin, so they keep choosing black. This post is for those who wear mostly black, LOVE black, and don't ever want to stop wearing black, but once in a while, want to brighten things up. It will also be helpful for those that really DO want to start transitioning more colour into their closet.
To start, here are a few reasons why purchasing black — especially for basics — is always a smart choice.
*Easy to pack and coordinate with other black as well as coloured pieces while travelling.
*Easy care, less washes, less time spent maintaining. Just be sure to keep the shedding towels and light fuzzy fabrics away from your blacks!
*Hides perceived figure flaws, slimming.
We’re excited to feature a Q + A (and photo shoot!) with Sandbox owner Colleen, an enthusiastic wearer of mostly black clothing. Here she sheds light on why she loves black and how she incorporates colour when she feels like it...
Why is black your go-to color of choice?
First and foremost, it's an easy choice for me. Wearing black starts my day in a calm, orderly manner, clear of distractions.
So it's more about how you feel?
Yes, it's definitely more about how I feel than how I think I look. I have a lot of things going on everyday, so this (black) is one less thing that I don't need to spend precious time on. Simple, easy, get dressed and go.
What is your approach to color?
For me personally, colour or print complicates my closet so I choose carefully. It's not like I don't have great pieces with color, 'cause I definitely do. The key for me is that the print coordinates well with black and it will often be a piece that I can take off if I'm not feeling it that day or am hot, like a jacket or wrap. I do have a few colourful tops as well, but I must really, really like it before I'll bring it into my closet.
I only have one closet/wardrobe. I don't have spring/summer and fall/winter, so I have to keep my choices tight and functional. I donate pieces that I find I don't wear enough or might wear "someday". So, many of my black items can be worn all year. I just throw on different cardigans, vests, jackets, etc. to suit the season.
With so much color and print in The Sandbox, and your strong feeling about black, how do you serve people at the dressing rooms?
It's easy. I love black, but I also love colour too, just not on me as much. Black is not everywhere in my life - my walls are covered with vibrant artwork collected over years of traveling. Seeing bold prints and colours in the clothing that we choose for The Sandbox is fun and exciting for me and for those who thrive on color. I enjoy dressing women in what "they" feel good in. Women will often feel pressure by people in their lives to wear less black, however if you feel strongly about only wearing black, it is your choice to do just that, wear black!
Thank you, Colleen!
What about those of you reading this? Are you a lover of black? Do you wear less of it in summer? Are you wanting more colour in your life, or happy sticking with your black pieces? (Let us know in the facebook comments...)
Also, which of these looks on Colleen is your favourite? (We just might have it in stock. :))
See you on Broadway and Main!