People who know me at all know that while I traditionally like to wear dark colors, I love light ones as well. A white dress worn with black hair and black tights is almost just as good as a black dress. But for some reason, a small percentage of the people I come into contact with (read: old people, co-workers) have decided that Tess never wears anything but black. It’s hilarious, because if you charted out what I wear in a typical span of days, it would go something like:
black – blue – black – gray – black – green – gray – gray – black – red – black – black – purple
And so on, and so forth. This has been the case for several years. But often at work, someone will go “Whoaaaaaa, you’re wearing blue! What a great dress! You look great in color, you know! Much better than that ol’ black stuff. Wow, I can’t believe you’re wearing blue.” And instead of saying “You mean the same dress I wore twice last week, and once the week before that?” I have to smile, and just say “thank you,” and ignore the fact that their relieved-sounding, fake compliment has just implied that I’m either an idiot who hasn’t discovered colors yet or that I’ve officially turned in my goth card in an attempt to join the “normie” race. False! In fact, this whole lightly-masked-personal-criticism-in-the-workplace thing that has NOTHING to do with work-related matters is a good topic for an etiquette column. But I’ll deal with that later.
Anyway, here’s a little tribute to looking sharp whether you’re in light colors, dark colors, or a little of both.
By Lionel Guyou, via Oh Joy!
From the film Sunnyside, via Liebemarlene Vintage.
By Tim Walker for Vogue UK, via Haute Macabre.
By Joanna Van Mulder, via Design Is Mine.
By Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, via Haute Macabre.
By Edwin Tse, via Design Is Mine.
By Jan Verbug, via Haute Macabre.
Givenchy Resort 2011 collection, via Haute Macabre.
From Vogue Germany, via Haute Macabre.
By Craig McDean for Vogue Italia, via Haute Macabre.
Verlaine Autunm/Winter 2010, via Haute Macabre.