Black: The Not-a-Color

Happy day, reader dear!

For the last of our color review posts, I thought it time to tackle one of the most popular colors in many a woman’s wardrobe. Or should I say the most popular not-a-color? Black is actually the absence of color (on the light spectrum), or a combination of pigments that absorb all color. Black is easy to find in the stores, but is actually quite hard to wear well.

Let’s talk about why so many women love black. Or why they think they love black… Here are four of the most common reasons/myths I hear about black from the women I dress! 

Style Myths About Black

So many women love black. I get it! I really do. I used to love black, too, but as I got older, it stopped loving me. But it is hard to break a habit! Any habit. And especially the Black habit. Here are some tried and true ways to get a little more color into your world…

Ways to Break the Black Habit

How about you? When you open your closet door, what color do you see the most of? Is it black or another neutral? Maybe a color?

I love to hear from you! Let’s start a conversation in the comments below!

Stylishly yours,



  • ratnamurti

    Hi Liz. I wear black, a lot. It suits me. I absolutely disappear in browns. But black, silver grey, navy – I just look better in them, but I do know that I need to get on board with colour, as per your suggestions about dressing up black xxx

    • closetplayadmin

      I know what you mean about disappearing in brown! I look like something the cat sicked up in warm colors, but I did find a cool brown jacket this season at the consignment shop, and that is working out well. Black used to be my best color, until I chose to embrace my grey, now lighter cool neutrals suit me better, but I still need some color near my face. It draws the eye to where it belongs, and away from the places I’d rather others not notice…

  • Charmaine

    I do find I wear a lot of black pants in the winter. I am pear shaped and 5’2”. I need to be dressy/ casual as I am a school principal of a country school. I am fair with warm colouring. I don’t feel dressy enough in jeans but really know what other colour pant I could wear. Any ideas?

    • closetplayadmin

      Everyone defines fair differently! Fair skinned? And/or fair haired as well? If you are both fair skinned and haired, medium toned warm shades, like medium brown and olive. If your hair is dark, then deeper browns and olives can be a dream. Warm greys are a good choice as well, but tricky to find. When going for a more authoritative feel, team the bottom with a much lighter top and a jacket with some structure. You’ll find a warm starter wardrobe in this post, but I’d look for lighter shades of these for you!

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