Some Women Wear Black All The Time. Tracy Caruso Explains Why

Ever since moving to Florida, I always get asked, “Why do you wear so much black?” Florida has been called a sunny place for shady people, but that doesn’t explain why a woman who lives in a tropical area would choose to wear black most of the time. It’s so noticeable that when I throw on a navy blue jacket, someone inevitably shouts, “Holy cow, you’re wearing a color.”

Florida Jolt Editor at Large Tracy Caruso, wearing a typical daily all-head-to-toe black outfit with friend Max.

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I’m from New York, and I’ve been wearing head-to-toe black ensembles since I was sixteen. I didn’t start dressing this way sooner because my mother thought the look was too sophisticated and mature for a kid. But the moment I was deemed old enough to make my own choices, it was head-to-toe punk chic for this rebellious, wannabe rocker babe until I moved to Florida, where my look was considered inappropriate and “wrong” for the area. 

A woman wearing an all-black outfit. She’s wearing open shoes, making it Florida-appropriate.

I tried the colors. I did. I belong to a beach club where the dress of choice tends to be brightly colored, patterned sheath dresses by Lilly Pulitzer. All of the women have them. They fit in, and they seem happy. I wanted to be part of my chosen life, so I gave in. I figured I could blend and be like everybody else, so I got a new wardrobe of these dresses. I fit in and wasn’t miserable until one day, I said this isn’t me. I don’t feel right. I don’t feel like myself. Forget what anyone else thinks. This world can be like me; I don’t have to be like it. I returned to looking like me, and everything else seemed to fall into place. I brought New York to Florida, and I think Florida is better for it. 

Florida Jolt founder Jack Furnari’s wife, Lisa, is sporting a chic black blazer.

I’m not the only one with this black clothing obsession. Celebrities, models, and people from all walks of life have embraced the black clothing lifestyle. Some examples, both past and present, are  Jonny Cash, Angelina Jolie, Karl Lagerfeld, Rooney Mara, Steve Jobs, Kate Moss, Elvira, and every vampire that’s ever existed. So why do women wear black? 

Black is often associated with elegance, sophistication, and simplicity. Some women may prefer the aesthetic appeal of an all-black outfit and find it flattering or stylish.

Black is considered a timeless color that never goes out of style. Women may feel more confident in their fashion choices by wearing black clothing, knowing that black is generally considered a classic and reliable option.

Monica Bellucci and Toni Collette in the 2023 movie “Mafia Mamma.” They wore black outfits throughout the movie, exuding confidence and power.

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Black is known for its slimming effect. Some women may wear all black because it helps create a sleek silhouette and enhances their body shape.

Black is often considered a suitable color for professional settings, as it can convey a sense of seriousness, authority, and formality. Women may opt for all-black outfits to create a professional and polished appearance.

Black clothing can be practical for various reasons. It can be less prone to showing stains or dirt, and it can be easier to maintain and coordinate with other accessories or items in one’s wardrobe.

Black is often associated with strength and empowerment. Some women may feel more confident and powerful when wearing black.

All-black outfits can be part of a minimalist fashion approach. By opting for a monochromatic color scheme, women may embrace simplicity, decluttering, and a focus on essential pieces.

Rebellious and cool women in all black.

In certain subcultures or alternative fashion scenes, dressing in all black can be a way to express individuality or belong to a specific group. Gothic, punk or alternative styles often incorporate black clothing as a critical element.

Black can provide a sense of anonymity or blend in with the surroundings. Some women may dress in all black to be less noticeable or avoid drawing attention to themselves.

In a society that often associates femininity with bright colors, wearing all black can be seen as a way to stand out, challenge norms, or express non-conformity.

In the professional world, black clothing means business; anyone can wear it.

Interestingly, black clothing can be seen as blending in or standing out. I know I’ve experienced both. I feel confident and powerful wearing black. Occasionally I mix it up and throw in a brightly colored dress, and people always seem to love it, but black clothing for me always reminds me of my New York upbringing, and it goes with my” I’ll say it as I see it” attitude. If you have a look that feels like you, embrace it and keep being you. 

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