8 good reasons why I stopped wearing black at 60.

8 good reasons why I stopped wearing black at 60.

Before and after Colour analysis

I know black’s had a pretty good wrap since Coco Chanel made it chic, stylish and mandatory in the early 1900’s.

Coco Chanel in black

Among her now-classic innovations were the Chanel suit, the quilted purse, costume jewelry, and the “little black dress.”

And then we’ve made a spectacular statement of the LBD ever since.  

Many stylists begin and end with black.

Black wardrobe

Black dress, pants coats, shoes, bags are our staple and basic must haves, but does black always serve us well?

 I don’t think so. Black is not our best choice when we’re aging.

8 really good reasons why I stopped wearing black at 60.

Helen Mirrum in black

Black is often the go to colour (non colour) many women are drawn to  when they want to look, professional, well groomed, chic, stylish, younger, contempary, to name a few, but may I point you to some reasons why as a mature colour consultant, I will never wear black again?

  1. Black is heavy-it makes us look heavier.

Kim in black

Because black absorbs all light it creates a feeling of “heaviness”.

Most mature women I know would rather have a much lighter appearance. Many of us a carrying excess weight anyway and looking heavier is not ideal.

 We have been led to believe black is slimming but could this be a misconception?


  1. Black creates shadow. Shadow around our face, especially ,accentuates lines and wrinkles.

Helen mirrum in black


Grab a black garment and place it under your chin. See the shadow under the chin and how much more noticeable lines, wrinkles, dark circles, sagging skin is?

It’s a sure way of adding years.

  1. Black doesn’t go with everything.

Wrong colours


We’ve been told black is a universal colour and can go with everything?

Actually black is a dominant cool colour and it mixes with other strong or dominant colours like pure white, primary red, green, yellow, blue, green and purple.

Black is strong and therefore goes well with other strong colours. So it doesn’t go with everything, and trying to mix it with everything creates drab outfits.

4.  Black limits your colour choices

Jackie collins drab

If you are a black lover and have a wardrobe full of black, I can almost guarantee there isn’t much else in your wardrobe as far as variety in colours.

Black is very limiting, for the reasons I spoke about in no 3.

Black only goes with a very limited number of colours.

  1. Black is boring.

Black is boring

I make this point by saying. Go into a room with 60 other people that are wearing predominately black.

How different or not do they look? You have a sea of dull uninteresting looking people.

How interesting can a black dress look? How different do your 15 pairs of black pants look in your wardrobe?

How often do you buy more black pants when you already have so many?

  1. Black is a durge.


Colours create atmosphere.

What atmosphere is created at a funeral, where everyone is traditionally wearing black?

The mood is sombre, sad, serious and depressing.

That’s why I prefer to wear colour to a funeral unless it is traditional or required to wear black.. So unless you’re compelled to wear black, why not wear colour for a brighter mood?

  1. Black is harsh.

Harsh black

How many mature women say “I don’t want to look like mutton dressed up as lamb?

Well wearing black is one sure fire way of that being the case because black is a very “hard” colour.

In all my years as a stylist, none of my clients have said they would love to look more harsh or hard.

  1. Black is not stylish


Contrary to popular belief, I've seen multiple examples of women looking far less than stylish in black.

In fact sometimes we can actually look quiet sloppy wearing black.

So give it a go. Look at all your black outfits and then try your coloured outfits (in the right colours of course) and see which outfits look more stylish.

There are just 8 of the reasons why I will never wear black again. Oh and yes another reason why, is I have thousands of other colours to wear, that look bright and beautiful. 

Ros Holden Colour Consultant Sydney

When you don’t wear black your colour choices explode.

I promise you it’s more fun, attractive, stylish and beautiful wearing colour instead of black.

If you would like to learn more about your colours, contact Your Colours and Style.



  • Ros Holden

    Thanks Sue you can definitely tell the difference

  • Sue Fong kee

    Just looking at your outfit and comparing it with the black yours is definitely much brighter and flattering . 👏

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