Saturday, January 9, 2010

Breaking: Black Makes you Look Old

From our favorite Fashion Source peppered with comedy is this:

Apparently, Four Out of Five People Look Bad in Black Clothes: "
Nigella Lawson and Peaches Geldof.

Hey, New Yorkers! What color are you wearing right now?'s entire fashion department, including Amy Odell, Sharon Clott, Amina Akhtar, and Diana Tsui are all wearing black. When asked over IM to be sure they were wearing black, all replied something like, 'Yes. Like always. Do you have to ask?' But according to the Daily Mail, we are sitting here in our cubes probably looking like old bags. Your color selection might be making you look like an old bag, too. Expert color consultants, whatever those are, say only one in five people has the proper skin tone to pull off black clothing. For the other four in five, black clothes emphasize bags under the eyes, make wrinkles look darker and deeper, and can even create the appearance of fissures or dark spots in irises.

The effect can be lessened by wearing a low-cut black top. But if you put your black scarf and black coat on at the end of the day, you'll walk outside looking like an old, sunken-faced, wrinkly bag with spotted eyes again. Colorist Jules Standish says, "The effect can be as serious as making women feel drained, self-conscious, and introverted." And you thought that was just an effect of the miserably cold winter, or being back to work after a nice long vacation. But no — it's your black clothes.

-our friends at The Cut

But I have a solution! And quel solution it is – presenting, ladies and gentlemen, my savior color, NAVY.

Being Vampircally (made up word, I know) pale, I have long known that black makes me look like I should be dating Dracula Jr and hanging upside down at night to sleep AND like I have 2 jobs and 3 kids. Devastating for any New Yorker, I know. My solution has been to wear NAVY instead – it gives all the effects you’re looking for in black (slimming, uniform) while ante-ing up the chic factor AND making your lovely little face glow with youth and health instead of looking like you’ve been slaving away in PR all day. In fact, where most people would gravitate towards black for scarves, skirts, blouses, dresses, etc I am like bats on a telephone pole to NAVY now. NAVY, a misunderstood neutral, looks AWESOME with grey, camel, white , and metallics (ehem, for those of you noting these things – ALL of those are neutrals!) and ESPECIALLY looks kick-ass with black. Chic, darling, so chic.

Try it at these three price points:


Chloe boucle floral jacket, $1995, Net-A-Porter


Splendid jersey blazer, $87, Net-A-Porter


Lightweight cotton long sleeve, $34, lulu*s

Big NAVY Kisses xx

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