“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.” ― Yohji Yamamoto
Colors excite our minds in various ways, and how we react to some of them can tell a lot regarding our personality. Little black dresses have sparkled men’s fantasies for decades, while some women find men in black suits simply irresistible. And be sure that their infatuation with black predates Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1997 film Men in Black.
One study indicates that black is often perceived as “serious” and “reliable”. It’s a color that projects self-confidence. The survey examined around 1000 people. The authors are Buytshirtsonline — a U.K.-based whole supplier for corporations like Fruit of the Loom, Gildan and American Apparel. The aim was to investigate how clothing colors influence the way others see us. It turned out that black came out on top. Here is what the researchers say about the results:
“Black is the color to wear when you’re trying to impress, reassure or woo. There’s certain trustworthiness about it on a person that would make you hand over your life savings and thank them for the privilege. … Throughout all our survey, black came first or second in most ‘good’ traits (for example confidence, intelligence, and sexiness) and barely figured in the ‘bad’ traits (arrogance).”
Black is generally an indication of “seriousness” and “reliability,” so it stands at the top on the list of colors that both sexes find attractive to wear.
The answer is simple. Confidence. Almost half of the women and 64% of the men participating in the survey were of the opinion that black emits self-sufficiency. It is the most beautiful, bold, confidence-boosting and soothing color that exists. No wonder it is suitable to wear at weddings and funerals alike.
But people who wear black are much more than self-sufficient and confident. In fact, their color preference may hint at a sensitive and even vulnerable personality.
Those who wear all black are also usually very sensitive. A bit unstable, and want to draw the attention of the others on who they are and what they are trying to achieve in life. Also, The most common monastic color is black, as a symbolic of repentance and simplicity. By wearing black, monks and nuns are trying to suppress the calls of the flesh and listen only to the voice of reason.
These people are unintentionally seeking to defend themselves against emotions that are too strong. They could get easily distracted or overreact. And often struggle to ward off anxiety and stay focused.
I remember I used to wear black a lot in high school – black jeans, boots, shirts, sweaters, you name it. Nonetheless, it was almost impossible to ward off my anxiety and stay focussed on the problems during the hideous math classes!
In addition, it will probably be interesting to mention here that people who wear all black usually don’t mind if others wear clothes in different colors.
Wearing black does not make you part of a suspicious sect or anything.
The fans of Metal tend to wear black a lot. The dark colors they put on represent their identity – heavy, loud and assertive like the music they listen to.
Another theory stemming from color psychology maintains that people who love black often have a desire to reclaim their power and earn the respect of those around them. The appear to be a bit aloof, as if trying to shield themselves from the emotions of other people.
The great Johny Cash used to say:
“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.”
A person who wears black wants to project themselves as an important figure. Such people think that black makes them appear more attractive, intelligent, and confident. However, they also have a weak and vulnerable side that they hide behind their all black attire. People who wear all black are often determined, yet sensitive, as I’ve explained above.
Below we have also listed the five most common personality traits of people who love wearing black:
- These people are very confident.
- They’re also very sensitive.
- Such people have a rebellious nature, and wouldn’t accept authority.
- They like feeling powerful and influential.
- These people don’t quickly get close to others; they could build walls to protect themselves.
In the end, it would be interesting to mention that teenagers often have a psychological need to wear black during the period of transition from childhood to adulthood.
It marks the end of one phase of their life and the beginning of another.
They like it so much, because it allows them to shield themselves from the world until they have created their stronger and more independent self. But then, as I said above, some teens fall for Metal bands and thus their “black period” may last pretty much for the rest of their adult life.
Statements that people who wear black all the time are more susceptible to depression and mood swings are largely unproven. If you fall for black, you can wear it as much as you can. For a change, it goes perfectly with some red here and there.
Do you like wearing black? Which is your favourite colour when it comes to clothes?
Please, tell us in the comments.