Can you mark yourself with black? That’s a tough one to answer. How does one carry off a black shirt? If you have ever been to New York you will understand why black is always in. In India and in an office environment does it fit in? My answer is to give it a shot only if…
The only ifs
- If you work in an organization whose dress quotient is generally high
- If you work in a large corporate which believes that smart dressing adds to the company’s freshness and persona
- If you work in a service company that is into creative deliveries – architects, ad agencies, design etc.
- If you work in a fashion outlet
- If you head an organization and are not worried about black’s traditional interpretations in India
- If your skin colour is on the fairer side
- If you are going to be meeting people from your own age group – matching profiles
- If you have a lady boss
- If you occupy a position of creative expectations – a creative director, an art director, a cinema director and more
- If you work in a snazzy office that is over lit
- If you are going out with a foreign visitor
- If you are medium height and upwards
- If you have a matching trouser that can offset the power of black. Deep beige, a steel grey
Don’t do this with black!
- Don’t wear a black tie – you may look like an undertaker!
- Don’t wear a black trouser with a black shirt – that’s a bit of overkill
- Don’t wear white tie – then you will look like the 1930s Al Capone’s Chicago mafia team member
- Don’t wear a yellow tie. It will kill the power of black
- If you want to dress up with more than just a shirt, think of a light color linen jacket
Black is a shade that never goes out of fashion. However, the shade is overpowering. If you think your persona can wrest the power of black, then that’s a new shade of yourself!