Dior is right of course. An Aquarius with Mars in Scorpio Rising, he knew that black is unfailingly elegant- it subdues extraneous details to give you a sleek stunning line. Black is never try-hard and this helps with looking younger, because nothing is more aging than over-the-top styling and clothes in gaudy hues. And yes, black is versatile- it can be embellished and foxy for a party or a professional sheath in the office.
Once upon a Dior-time (I’m thinking the 40s and 50s here), black was also edgy. Fast girls and beatniks wore black from their polo necks to their brassieres in rebellion against the sickly pastels that teens were supposed to wear. But now black is an invisibility cloak of conventionality. Girls from Aries to Pisces love themselves in black; say their boyfriends love them in black. Black has become what baby pink and blue were in the 50s, the colour of pleasing. Whereas in the 50s and 60s feisty chicks donned black underwear to denote their passage into wilderness, nowadays, the most conformist girls wear opaque black coordinates, while their more adventurous sisters experiment with colour, texture and pattern.
Black can be boring. Even if you’re a Scorpio or Capricorn, a total reliance on black is like an artist who focuses on line at the expense of colour. Like painting, wearing colour successfully takes guts and skill, but when you master it pays off. You can express yourself on a whole other level, whether you’re a Neptunian in translucent greens and purples or a Martian in acrylic reds.
Chanel once said that people only remember the women in black and white. That may have been true of the period when a smattering of women in black offered the eye refuge from their peers’ florid colour. But now, when we are all too often confronted with a sea of black-wearers, who all want to be seen as effortlessly elegant, we applaud the women who take a chance on colour. The choice of colours out there is staggering, and the stakes are higher than with wearing black. The girl in ill-fitting sky-blue satin draws more pity and disdain than her friend in indifferent black crepe. But the one who isn’t afraid to be magnificent in green or gold outshines them both.
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