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Wearing Black Makes You Look Sexy, Smart, and Confident, Poll Confirms

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Call off the search for whatever color is “the new black.” A consumer poll commissioned by a UK-based t-shirt wholesaler has determined which shades reign supreme when you want your outfit to do the talking, and despite its funereal overtones, classic black comes out on top.

Skeptics might cry, “It’s not what you wear; it’s how you wear it!” True enough, which is why respondents were asked about which color most inspires confidence, that quality most essential to successful self-presentation. An overwhelming majority of both men and women claimed they felt best in black, and it's no small wonder why—two-thirds of women prefer their men in black, and it’s just a short leap to assume that men feel confident when they can sense female attention. (No word yet on same-gender opinions of first-date attire, so there’s study fodder for another day.)

Which color most inspires confidence?

Blue takes after black in the rankings for attractiveness, scoring better with poll respondents than any other shade. Men cite it as one of their top choices to wear on a first date, and women agree that they like a man in blue—that is, if a man in black isn’t available.

There are those who prefer to dress to convey their intelligence rather than their self-esteem, and there’s a color for that, too: black. Once again, respondents of both genders were very clear that black, followed by blue, most connotes intellectual depth. Imagine Sartre wearing canary yellow or Proust in blush pink, and the association of somber colors with serious thought becomes clear.

There are plenty of upsides to dressing like Johnny Cash, though a few downsides stood out. Black was rated low for generosity (Ebenezer Scrooge would wear a black waistcoat, wouldn’t he?), but low for arrogance, which seems like a fair enough trade.

As far as colors to avoid, the results are just as clear. Brown and orange are suitable for chocolate and traffic cones, but not people, and pink is best left to Barbie. For almost all other people and occasions, black is safest and best. Best of all. it will never go out of style.

[h/t Mic]

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Pantone Names 'Ultra Violet' 2018's Color of the Year
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Time to retire your green apparel inspired by 2017’s color of the year: The color experts at Pantone have chosen a new shade to represent 2018. As The New York Times reports, trend followers can expect to see Ultra Violet popping up on runways in coming months.

The decision was made after Pantone scattered a team around the world to search current street styles, high fashion, art, and popular travel destinations for the up-and-coming “it” color. The brand describes the winner, PANTONE 18-3838, as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade.”

Fashion plays a large part in the selection of the color of the year, but Pantone also considers the broader socio-political atmosphere. Some may see Ultra Violet as a nod to our stormy political climate, but the company’s announcement cast it in a more optimistic light.

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now,” it reads. “The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”

The color is associated with some of music’s greatest icons, like David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. The architect Frank Lloyd Wright also had a special attachment to the color and wore it when he was in need of creative inspiration. When it’s not sparking artistic thinking, purple is sometimes used to promote mindfulness in mediation spaces. So if you’re feeling stressed about whatever the new year holds, stare at the hue above for a few seconds and see if it doesn’t calm you down.

[h/t The New York Times]

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Need to Travel Light? This Jacket Doubles as a Suitcase
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Sometimes, carting a suitcase (or two) around on vacation is just too much of a hassle. You have to heave it into overhead compartments and taxi trunks, lug it up stairs, and deal with baggage claim. But if you need to travel extra light, there’s an extreme solution: Enter the jacket that can essentially double as a suitcase, as Travel + Leisure puts it.

BauBax jackets—$110 for a windbreaker on BauBax.com—feature 15 different compartments designed to hold all your stuff, no bag required. It has a built-in neck pillow and a hood already equipped with an eye mask to help you snooze on long flights as well as earphone holders so you never miss out on your travel tunes. It comes with its own slide-down gloves in the sleeves and a pocket for a blanket (sold separately). It has custom pockets for your passport, your sunglasses, your phone, your power bank, and your tablet. It even has a pocket just for your drink, so you never have to say “Hold my beer.” Essentially, if you want to carry it, BauBax has a dedicated place for it.

Close-ups of the 15 different pocket features of the men's BauBax bomber jacket
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The jackets come in a few different styles for men and women, including a bomber, a hoodie, a windbreaker, and a blazer, all with the same 15 features and compartments. You aren’t going to be able to take five changes of clothes and shoes, but if you’re just headed somewhere for a weekend or want to ditch your carry-on, it could easily cut down on your travel load.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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