Everything I own is black. How can I reprogram myself to wear color?
You'll be broke (and freaked out) if you ditch your whole wardrobe and go Crayola overnight. Proceed gradually, preparing yourself for less anonymity and more (positive) attention. My advice:
Black, though slimming, can be unflattering. It sucks the life and light from skin and hair. Navy is softer, especially near the face.
Don't wear color head to toe. Even a pretty shade looks stupid in that much quantity. Focus on your upper body—say, an aubergine tee under a black suit.
Primary colors are strictly for talk show hosts. Try a more subdued palette—rich tones like wine or olive; and subtle, cloudy shades like mauve or taupe.
Next time you're handbag shopping, think not-black. Accessories—earrings with colored stones, footwear—are a low-risk way to brighten up.