In the early Middle Ages, princes, nobles and the wealthy usually wore bright colors. A favorite? Scarlet cloaks from Italy. Black rarely made the wardrobe of noble families. The one exception was the fur of the sable. The glossy black fur of this animal was the finest and most expensive fur in Europe, imported from Russia and Poland, and used to trim the robes and gowns of royalty.

In the 14th century, the status of black clothing began to change. High quality black dyes arrived on the market, which allowed for garments of deep black. Magistrates and government officials started wearing black robes, which became a sign of importance of their positions. The wealthy bankers and merchants from northern Italy responded to the trend by changing to black robes and gowns, made with expensive fabrics. By the end of the 16th century, black was the color worn by almost all the monarchs of Europe and their courts.

Today, black clothing in fashion exudes power, dignity, humility and temperance.


Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. Black is the opposite of white. Black is referred to as an achromatic color, literally a color without color or hue.

Black Fun Fact: In the Roman Empire, black became the color of mourning, the end, secrets, magic, force and elegance! Think the honoring of the dead by wearing black to funerals.

Black magic – fashion fierce!

Dressing in black from head to toe makes for a powerful fashion statement – a stylish way to go!


Some people feel that dressing in black from head to toe is too much of one solid color. Me? I think wearing all black looks stunning. If you dress in all black and then feel like you need a break, add silver or gold jewelry by way of a belt, earrings, bracelets, etc. for a look that is still tough, but not as bold.

Black Fashion Tip: If you dress in all black, the look is at its best when your shoes are also black. All black garments with white or tan shoes doesn’t pull off as much of a dignified look. For an aura that is sexy and sassy, if you want to ramp up the sensuality of your garments, a bright red heel and red purse accents the black clothing to extreme dynamic proportions! Dynamite!


The color black represents:

  1. Protection
  2. Comfort
  3. Strong
  4. Contained
  5. Formal
  6. Sophisticated
  7. Seductive
  8. Mysterious
  9. Endings
  10. Beginnings

Black represents the unknown, and the color can be used to create fear and intimidation.

Fashionable, feisty and fierce. Be a black style sensation!


The color black in clothing is always in style, and a little black dress with a trendy, terrific pair of black stilettos always rates a fashion A+.

Black Fun Fact: The Old High Germans had two words for black: Swartz for dull black and blach for a luminous black. These words are paralleled in Middle English by the terms swart for dull black and black for luminous black. Swart is still used in the word swarty, while black became the modern English black.

The color black in clothing is often seen as a color of sophistication. Think the little black dress and the black tie event. Black gives off an air of success, elegance and confidence.


Black Fashion Fun Fact: Studies have shown that teenagers often have a psychological need to wear black during the stage of transition from the innocence of childhood to the sophistication of adulthood. The wearing of black signifies the ending of one part of their life and the beginning of another, allowing them to hide from the world while they discover their own unique identity.

Black is often associated with sexiness and seduction, as in the temptress in sexy black lingerie creating an air of mystery and intrigue.

“What are you going to wear to the party tonight?”

“I haven’t decided yet. I need something just right.”

“I think you’d look best dressed in fierce, pure black.”

“You’ll look a sensation. Cause a fashion heart attack.”

“I’ll go in black, and paint my nails and lips red.”

“A true style diva. You’ll turn every head!”

Dress in all black – you’ll knock ’em dead.


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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