5 Reasons Why I Wear Black

5 Reasons Why I Wear Black

5 Reasons Why I Wear Black

Photography by Mikko Puttonen

What I’m Wearing

Side Robe Sweat – Iamnue* (discount code iam_gallucks) (click here)

Ripped Knee Skinny Jeans – ASOS* (click here)

Y3 Pure Boost ZG Knit – Matches Fashion* (click here, here or here)

Let’s face it, I the majority of my wardrobe is black clothing, in this outfit I’m wearing all black with my new y3 sneakers and perhaps the most perfect oversized black t-shirt from Iamnue. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to discuss all black everything. I often get called out on social media with phrases like ‘try wearing colour’ or ‘why do you only wear black’ even ‘too much black’. The thing these people don’t quite understand is that It’s not even a thought process, I don’t think ‘I’m going to only wear black’ it’s just an unconscious decision, like a natural reaction and I (like to) think I know the reasons why. After-all I didn’t always wear black, I used to wear a lot (ALOT) of prints and colours (example). So below I’ve written 5 examples as to why I wear black, if you manage to get to the end it would be great to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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1.Clothes Overload

When I first moved to London 3 years ago, I was wearing full digital print, loud colours and outlandish accessories, I was really experimenting with everything and influenced by east London menswear designers. At the time I was interning for designers and eventually became an assistant stylist – if you’re a stylist or have worked as a stylist before you’ll know that your life is swamped with clothing, literally full to the brim with constantly having to get clothes for different jobs,clients,shoots etc. This is when my transition to all black clothing began. Like I said earlier, it wasn’t a ‘I’m going to only wear black’ kind of thing but I think subconsciously I was sick of seeing hundreds of outfits in different colours, materials etc and was too busy styling other people to think about my own outfits. Which leads me to my next point..

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2.Simplicity

Wearing all black is simple. Your whole wardrobe matches, you can mix and match anything, your tops go with all your jeans, all of your jackets go with every outfit, it’s all so simple. I think for me it was like going back to square one, a hard reset on my life and wardrobe decisions. I see clothes like building blocks and I piece them together to build the end product. If all the bricks are the same colour it’s always going to look great and you don’t have to think as much. If you’re feeling a bit of a headache from your wardrobe or you’ve got some pieces that you can’t wear with others ( my worst nightmare is having something in your wardrobe that you can only wear with a certain other thing – know what I mean?) then maybe switch to an all black wardrobe for awhile so that you can clear your mind.

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3.Minimalism

Speaking of clearing your mind – Minimalism has been a major factor in my wardrobe decisions. Again the clothing overload of 2014 definitely gave me a craving for clean, simple, no fuss pieces. I fell in love with all black oversized T-Shirts, Black skinny jeans, Black boots that could all be worn together. I began to invest in pieces that I could wear for a long time rather than a ‘trend’ piece that I wouldn’t be wearing in a couple of months. I still wear some pieces that I got back in 2014, my black parka, skinny jeans, boots etc. Under the bracket of minimalism I also began to purge my wardrobe of all printed or loud coloured pieces, my Jeremy Scott sweaters, my digital print T-Shirts. They didn’t feel like me anymore and I hated having to wear them, so I banished them from my wardrobe (ebayed them haha).

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4.Benefits

I’ve already mentioned a couple of benefits from wearing all black but here’s a more concise list.

  • An all black outfit can be extremely flattering, giving the illusion of looking taller/slimmer.
  • No-brainer, all of your wardrobe goes with each other so you’ll always have a cohesive outfit.
  • All black outfits make a statement and appear ‘stylish’ because you made a decision to wear just one colour.
  • Your outfits suit all occasions, days out, clubs, dinner, events etc.
  • Shopping is quicker because you don’t spend ages looking at different colours.
  • Everything looks better in black.

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5. Timeless

All black clothing is and always will be timeless, it’s not confined by the seasons colour palettes/trends etc. I know some friends who’ve worn black for years and still look as stylish as they did back then as they do now – some even wear the same outfits but guess what, it works because it’s so understated. I’ve been experimenting myself lately with different colour palettes but I think this is because I’m a full time fashion blogger and want to give you guys a more rounded view on different colours/trends. I still always resort back to an ‘all black’ outfit, simply because I love wearing black, it sort of feels like armour, when you’re wearing all black you feel invincible.

Another long old post from me – I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, do you wear all black? did you used to wear all black? if you haven’t ever worn all black, are you willing to try it? Thank you so much for reading, your support on my blog means the world to me!

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28 Comments

  1. 23/04/2016 / 12:40

    well I now feel like I know you a lot better Joel, I live in lots Angeles and honestly the reason I wear all black is because everyone I feel in low angeles dresses the exact same same ,makeup , hair ,shoes,everything I feel like Justin Bieber can wear a napkin on his head and the next day everyone and they’re grandma is wearing a napkin on they’re head, Tom ford saids It’s shocking how a celebrities like Kanye west can sale Basic tshirts that looks like a homeless person wears for the day and calls couture.

    Anyway back to why I wear black a lot is because I’ve always felt a certain kind of passion for clothes not really for tops or bottoms seeing how I only wear black tops and black bottoms but for shoes, hats , and jackets I’ll do color !

    • Gallucks
      23/04/2016 / 12:58

      Hey David! I’m glad you feel like you know me better from this post! 🙂 and yeah i definitely agree with you, I’m more influenced by other bloggers and designers rather than celebrities to be honest. Yes! working with a base of black tops/bottoms allows for more exciting accessories and outerwear, sounds great! 🙂

  2. Logan Reichenberger
    23/04/2016 / 15:33

    Hi Joel, just recently within the past year I have transitioned to all black. I feel like I have a similar situation to you. Instead of being an assistant stylist, I am a design student. I’m constantly surrounded by color & texture.

    It’s been quite the transition, and I get very similar comments as you do (why are you wearing all black?). I think it’s the best way to dress, mostly because it’s so easy and always looks sharp.

    Love your blog! Keep it up.

    • Gallucks
      25/04/2016 / 17:31

      Hey Logan!

      Yes! we have this in common – our everyday is so full of different clothing styles that we just resort to an all black wardrobe to escape it haha. You’re right about it being the best way to dress – thank you for your comment I really appreciate it!

  3. 23/04/2016 / 22:15

    Great post Joel. It’s something that I’ve never considered before about the benefits of having everything go together regardless of what pieces you choose.

    Think it may be something that I should consider adopting as I’m always struggling to find combinations of items that I own.

    On a side note. Those Y3’s are stunning!

    Peter

    • Gallucks
      25/04/2016 / 17:32

      Hey Peter!

      You should definitely try some all black outfits – let me know how you get on! and thank you I can’t take them off they’re so comfy haha 🙂 thanks for your comment!

  4. 23/04/2016 / 23:00

    I feel like I will also be wearing all black in the future (maybe not). I love wearing patterns now, but it is true that recently I have been buying more B&W clothes, which I really love. Also, I have been wearing all black outfits these days and I really like how they look on me, so I may be at this transitional moment you mentioned haha loved the post x

    Zoel Hernández | zoelhernandez.wordpress.com

    • Gallucks
      25/04/2016 / 17:33

      Hey Zoel!

      I wear a few patterns now and again! Also in tomorrows post I’m wearing no black at all!? shock horror! haha However I do resort to all black outfits all the time as I just feel more comfortable in them! thank you for reading and for your comment 🙂

  5. 24/04/2016 / 12:48

    I’ve definitely learnt to invest in staple pieces in black because I’ll always have them and they’ll always be stylish so it’s a no brainer. I’m definitely thinking of clearing out some of my brighter pieces as I just don’t reach for them anymore, plus I haven’t cleared my wardrobe in years

    • Gallucks
      25/04/2016 / 17:34

      Hey Jay!

      You should definitely do a clear out!! It’s the best thing ever I have a clear out quite often and it just makes me feel so much better. Thanks for commenting on here 😀 !

  6. 24/04/2016 / 14:19

    Don’t forget to mention it makes you look clean and super mysterious 😉

    • Gallucks
      25/04/2016 / 17:34

      Hahah I was going to actually put a point about it being ‘mysterious’ or ‘anonymous’ but I had to stop myself!

  7. Alexander Eble
    24/04/2016 / 21:51

    I love wearing black clothes but I also like wearing colours especially the ones that people don’t like to wear as much because I want to experiment. What strikes me is that people don’t try to wear colours because they don’t to make amything wrong. I like to break this attitude but nevertheless I still wear black too

    Greetings from Germany

    • Gallucks
      25/04/2016 / 17:36

      You know one of my favourite colours to wear that isn’t black is ORANGE?! haha Yeah I feel like some people that wear black are scared to venture into other colours whereas some just don’t like colours! everyone is different I guess 🙂 In tomorrows post I’m not wearing any black!! I’d love to know your thoughts once it’s up – thanks for your comment!

  8. 25/04/2016 / 13:56

    My style kinda changed to primarily black too. One of the biggest influences was you! I really really adore your style.
    I think the biggest ‘advantage’ is that everything matches. Less to think about 🙂
    You’re gorgeous, Joel!

    • Gallucks
      25/04/2016 / 17:37

      Oh Hey Janet!! nice to see you commenting on my blog ^___^ ! and ah really?! that’s such a compliment thank you so much! glad I could influence you in a positive way because your outfits are so good! :)) and yeah less to think about is so much easier haha Gorgeous?! *blushes* thank you

      • Gallucks
        25/04/2016 / 17:37

        There was supposed to be a hiding monkey emoji at the end but it’s not showing up! haha x

      • Janet
        25/04/2016 / 17:56

        Aww you’re the best and so humble with replying to all comments ❤️

    • Gallucks
      27/04/2016 / 08:58

      Thanks so much Kinga! 🙂 x

  9. 26/04/2016 / 13:22

    Freaking love black, I always wear black. As you are saying, it’s timeless, minimalistic, aesthetic and it works with everything. My wardrobe has a little bi more graphics than your wardrobe, and some more colors, but for the most of the time, I wear black, white, beige and grey.

    • Gallucks
      27/04/2016 / 08:59

      It really is the best – I do incorporate a lot more colour nowadays but I think it’s because I’m a fashion blogger and I see colour as a challenge – in my latest post for example I’m not wearing any black! haha

  10. 26/04/2016 / 22:18

    Hey Joel! Love the post. I’ve been wearing all black for two or three years now and my reasons are all similar to yours. Being a fashion design student and having such a busy schedule all the time means black has become my comfort by default after I realised it is what I most comfortable in. I could take less that five minutes to get dressed and I still feel confident and happy because I still feel put together if you know what I mean? I think black is such an interesting colour, and it’s nice being able to play with texture and cut and shape while having a one colour wardrobe. I think it makes everything so much more interesting and exciting as well as super chic!

    • Gallucks
      27/04/2016 / 09:00

      Hey Fahmida!

      Thanks so much! and yeah I think it is all the industry people and fashion students that resort to all black as a form of comfort,escape etc and yeah texture, cut and shape can be explored and understood so much more by just wearing one colour! Thanks for your comment 🙂 x

  11. Franz Raum
    22/05/2016 / 14:53

    I wear a lot of black because I just like how you can combine every piece of your wardrobe and it also looks very stylish. I used to wear a lot of blue but I sorted out a lot of clothes because I just couldn’t see it anymore and I would not wear them anymore. Like you said I hated wearing them. I really agree with your points and I enjoy wearing black.

    • Gallucks
      23/05/2016 / 09:10

      Hey again Franz! 🙂 thanks for commenting, I completely agree with you – you just feel comfortable in all black and everything goes together!

  12. 17/08/2016 / 23:15

    I used to wear really bright, and bold colours and patterns and used to say to Mum how boring she was with all her black, white and grey clothes. After a few months I found myself dressing in just tones! For three years I only wore black, white, grey and silver but now that I’m collaborating with various brands and spending a lot of time at the internship I’m doing, I’ve found myself slowly incorporating a few coloured pieces into my look but I plan to purge all colour from my life because I don’t love it. I doesn’t feel like me. I admire colours on other people and think it looks amazing, but it’s not my style anymore. Who knows? Maybe in the future I will be the total opposite, but I’m 20 now and like you feel that this is the best time to experiment and take risks. People know that I’m all about that achromatic life and I love that it has become a signature for me and that people have noticed. I guess, that’s my brand 🙂

    Thanks for your blog posts. They’re so inspiring and encourages me every time I read and look at your site to keep working hard!

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