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Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress

One of my favorite books is The Language of Clothes, by Alison Lurie.   It’s an interesting take on what we wear and how our clothes influence the perception others have of us.    According to Ms. Lurie, choosing our clothes is our way of describing ourselves.  People with limited income will have a more limited vocabulary while a fashionista will have thousands of words and statements.  Very casual dress is like using slang words.  Accessories are the adjectives and adverbs you use to describe yourself.

One of the rites of passage for young people is to choose their own clothes, to begin to define themselves on their own terms.  When we wear certain colors, we are actually sending a message to others.   We tell people who we are or what mood we are in when we get dressed.

clothes I’ve been reading a book by the folks at Pantone, those color trendsetters, a book about color palettes and how they influence perception, not just in what we wear, but in advertising.   I find it all very interesting.  So, once a month, I’m going to take a color or a color palette and we’re going to talk about the influence of this color, what messages you send out when you wear it.  AND, I’m going to show you accessories, give you the adjectives and adverbs to show you how to speak clearly.   I’ve also come up with a new line of jewelry that is going to fit right in with these little discussions and I think we will all have some fun.

For the first month, I chose black.   It’s a most basic color and it has a lot of messages.  But first, I know you’re expecting  the mood music.



While black is the traditional color of mourning and can be a sobering color when worn by a priest or a nun those are no longer the first impressions we give when we dress in black.


Black implies sophistication, an acquaintance with the darker side of life.  Depending on the richness of the fabric, it can also send a message of elegance.   Black is dramatic, elegant and  sophisticated.  Wearing a touch of white at the wrist or neck implies an innocence underneath, a purity that remains even though one has tasted the forbidden.   When you wear that “little black dress”, you are saying, in essence that you are classy, stylish and a bit worldly.

Of course, there are other blacks.   Bohemian black comes from outfits worn by dancers:   the black tights, turtlenecks with black slacks or skirts.   This type of outfit is also dramatic but indicates an intellectual side, a sensitive serious outlook of an artist, musician, student, intellectual,  poet or dancer.  After WWII, this look came to be popular in France and spread around the world.


And last, but not least, is dangerous black which came into fashion in the 1940’s and taken from the style of Italian fascists.  It’s motorcycle black:  leather jackets, boots, jeans and t-shirts.   Your grunge and punk styles come from this style also.   Your message can be sent as just a bit dangerous to downright threatening, depending on your style.

Biker Chic

Biker Chic


Let me show you some accessories I’ve chosen from my guild sisters hand made items on Artfire.   You will see all of these items and more at the end of this blog in a collection I made.   If you see something you like, to add to your own “look”, click on the collection then the item and you will be taken right to their shop.

First: a dress, the little black dress:   says you are stylish, classy, and sophisticated.


Wear it with this beautiful bracelet from Ann Beading.


Or this wristlet/purse from Creative Shoppe.





Jewelry Supplies
With all the meanings of colors and color palettes in mind, I’ve come up with a new idea for jewelry.  I’m excited to tell you about it, but it will have to wait until later in the week.   We’ll talk about color and I’ll have a new style to show you, one I think is daring and fun.

July 14, 2014 - Posted by | fashion, Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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