Paint it Black

Black: the color of objects that absorb nearly all light of all visible wavelengths; the opposite of white. 
Black is sometimes considered the "schmoe" of the fashion world in Summer. The Zeppo. The reasons are valid as far as it seems hotter and doesn't reflect sunlight. Black is sometimes the go-to color when I'm feeling uninspired. A "flaw" hider and something to wear when I want to feel thinner. So, I decided to shine a light on the pro's of wearing black, even in Summer! This strapless F21 maxi-dress is comfy, breezy cotton. I found this little cropped top at Goodwill on 2 dollar day, and the belt was sent to me by Vintage Vixen.  So, I'm here to put a positive spin "Back in Black" !
Hat: Target - Shoes: Penny's - Cuff: Forever 21. I raised the belt when I removed the top: Umpire waist.
IN FASHION:  Black is considered stylish, sexy, elegant and powerful.
The colloquialism " X is the new black" means the current trend is a wardrobe basic, on the basis that Black is always fashionable!
" There's something about black. You feel hidden away in it." Georgia O'Keeffe
How the color affects us physically:
* Provides a restful emptiness
* Is mysterious by evoking a sense of potential and possibility!
* Makes us feel inconspicuous, Tee,Hee!
* In ancient China, Black was the symbol of North and Water, one of the 5 main colors.
" In The Black" means being free of debt ! Yipee!!!
Black Friday is the most profitable day in retail, and can put an otherwise "in the red" business "In The Black".
Black symbolizes the combination of all colors of the universe.
 Dr.Jigor Kano, founder of Judo, created divisions among students using belt colors, in order to give students recognition for certain achievements. The Black belt is the highest color belt in most Martial Arts.
From Black, all colors originate and spring up to create the lively rainbow.
Black is associated with anarchy - which can be a positive when questioning authority !
And where would the Music world be without Black ?
Paint it Black, the Stones - Black, Pearl Jam - Black Sabbath - "Back In Black", a song about being successful and ambitious once again, Metallica's self-titled album is known as the "Black Album", only to mention a few !
The biggest company / brand associated with Black: Chanel
Black looks great when paired with pastels, and the black floppy hat is an awesome alternative to straw-colored :), plus I have new black sandals ;)
" I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black" Pierre-Auguste Renoir
" I Like Black." Retro Reva
other info and images:,, me.

Have a terrific weekend !!!
* Reva *


Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

I love this look. The long black dress with the little tiny top is a perfect play with proportion. That hat was a great choice too, I might have gone with big and floppy, but that one added funky structure.

Beth said...

I love black. I live in New York where we wear black year round.
This dress is great because it is black, but casual, which is a rare find.

Vintage Vixen said...

Stunning black dress, so sophisticated and chic on a hot day. The hat and belt give it real edge and uniqueness.
That black puddycat looks like my little man, Stephen Squirrel.

JordanMayTwigs said...

That's a killer maxi dress.
I likey.


Disco Goth said...

Excellent use of a hat and the belt is lovely! x

Lesa said...

Reva, you are always the most interesting person in the blog world, never know what you are going to do. You scared the shit out of my pug with "paint it black" he deserves it!

I have been lazy about commenting, but I did love your scarf shirt the other day, I think I'd need about 5-6 of them.

Also thanks for the cool random facts about black. I am going to bookmark you for when my 15 yr old "I know everything about colors" comes home.

Thanks for always makes me smile and think you are the coolest chick on the planet.


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