So many myths exist in the sartorial realm that sometimes we have to fact check even the seemingly most tried and true tricks of the trade.
But it turns out this one—wearing black—actually does make you look thinner, just like all the fashion editors say. Not that you need to worry about that, darling! You look amazing. But personally, on days when I’m feeling a tad… bloated, or after eating my weight in salad, muffins and soft serve yogurt at Fresh Choice, I am most definitely drawn to black clothing.
Here’s the science-y proof. Which square looks smaller?
Did you guess the black one? Or probably, because you’re so smart, you knew it was a trick and I was going to tell you they are actually the same size. But still, you gotta admit that the black one appears smaller, no?
Audrey Lustig, a perception specialist, suggest the illusion might happen because the contours of black objects have more definition. But she also points out that not everything we associate with black is positive. In a 1988 study, referees awarded more penalties to football and hockey teams wearing black, “perhaps because people associate black with hostility.” They also found that college students perceived professional players who wore black as more aggressive, and the students themselves chose to play more aggressive sports while wearing black.
So if you want to look lean and mean—which doesn’t sound so bad, really—an all-black outfit is the way to go. But if you’re going for a friendlier vibe, add a pop of color, like in the look below. Either way, I know you will look divine!