The Little White Dress is gaining traction, and the Little Red Dress is popular, too. Regardless, the Little Black Dress is a wardrobe staple for almost every woman on the face of this planet. It is slimming, versatile, and attainable, as almost every retailer and brand offers their own variation at every price point. There is simply no denying the incredible power of the color black.
My favorite color is black. I often find myself staring at my reflection in the mirror wondering aloud, "Do my blacks match?" and I almost cried when I reviewed Alexander Wang's AW15 show. Growing up, I watched my mother clothe herself in ensembles of black and white, and often joked that she was afraid of color. However, I've become an exemplary hypocrite; my wardrobe is primarily black, black, and... more black.
Black is bewitching. It is mysterious and solemn, simple yet daring. If anything, black is the epitome of understated rebellion, so much so that Abercrombie & Fitch bans its employees from wearing it, the Rolling Stones wanted us to paint with it, and Anna Wintour refuses to wear it head-to-toe. Ann Demeulemeester said that "black is not sad. Bright colors are what depress me. They're so... empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not." I find myself agreeing with her sentiment, so much so that, unsurprisingly, I am enamored with the black swimsuit.
Identical to the Little Black Dress, black swimsuits are slimming, versatile, and attainable. They are classic yet adventurous, worry-free and easy. Daring to saunter across the shore clothed in a black suit prompts people-watchers to wonder, "Who is that girl in the itsy bitsy teeny weeny black bikini?" And, if you are like Wednesday Aadams and me, you won't settle for any other colored suit -- we will "stop wearing black when they invent a darker color", after all.
As warmer weather envelopes us with sunny skies and sunscreen, indulge in this Weekly Wishlist of every black swimsuit I have my eye on. Let Christain Dior convince all the naysayers: "You can wear black at any time. You can wear black at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion." And, if sipping mojitos on a beach in Mexico is considered an occasion, let a black swimsuit be your Little Black Dress. I promise that you'll be the belle of the beach.
Bonnie Berman photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Grace Coddington for Vogue UK May 1983.