It was an out of town wedding. Multi-colored gowns and dresses rustled around the room. “Mazal tov!” “How are you?” “Im yirtzah Hashem…”
Suddenly, a black stain spread across the room. The New York City group had arrived.
Honestly, isn’t it a bit ridiculous? The first thing I’ll have to warn irreligious guests about my wedding is that they shouldn’t think they’ve walked into a funeral.
Shobbos table discussion last week:
Father: Can any of my daughters please explain to me why tri-state area Jewish girls wear black all the time?
Turns out he went shopping with my mother at some mall or another. Every Jewish female present was wearing black on black over black. (OK, probably an exaggeration. The shell underneath is usually white.)
Me: They’ve got to look “put together” for shidduch reasons, and you can’t go wrong with black.
General disagreement, because black does not automatically make one presentable.
Sister #1: No, it’s because it’s not tznius to wear bright colors so that leaves black.
General snorting ensues, during which we discover that no, Bais Yaakovs have not yet outlawed color. Besides, this was in Cedarhurst.
Sister #3: Everyone wears black. It’s one color that’s always acceptable. You just can’t go wrong.
Personally, I have quite a bit of black in my wardrobe, but purely for convenience. It’s easier to match stuff up when one of the items is black. Also, I think I look better in dark colors.
Does everyone else have the same reasons?
General question to the audience: Do you wear black? If so, why?