A simple black and white ensemble...or is it? (Lovin’ this winter white trend.) I’ve always been interested in the great yin and yang of black and white. Of course, in TV, film, literature, and pop culture, black and white dress is used as a metaphor to symbolize the dichotomy between good and evil. White, of course, represents purity, innocence, and above all, “goodness”. (Whatever that is.) While black represents evil, darkness, and ya know...bad guys n’ stuff. Pretty elementary stuff here, folks. In psychology, this “Black and White” thinking is known as Splitting. Splitting simply means that you think purely in extremes like, goodness vs. evil, innocence vs. corruption, victimization vs. oppression...you get the picture. This way of thinking is actually used as a defense mechanism that can stem from “existential insecurity”, or instability of one's self-concept. Has anyone else noticed that too many people today are thinking in B&W lately...like, politically and socially speaking? (Republican BAD. Democrat GOOD. My religion (or lack thereof) GOOD. Whatever you believe...that’s BAD!) This black and white thinking only seems to be getting worse with each passing day! Which is unfortunate because according to those academic, intellectual-type psychologists, this simply means that person MAY be feeling a bit insecure in what they believe. Some old guy has this famous quote that says, “Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who find it.” Is it possible that people get so stuck in black and white thinking because they feel like they shouldn’t ponder and discuss and learn from all those gorgeous shades of grey in-between? (What about chrome? And fog? Silver and Platinum? Think of all the metallics your mising out on! And taupe...taupe is hot right now.) So while a strictly black and white ensemble is tres chic, don’t forget to dabble in grays ;)
Vintage Black Hat. Thrifted sweater. Citizens of Humanity cords. Theory booties. Stolen From Jasmine necklace. F21 cuff.
Until next time,