Reader A sent me this question via e-mail:
I was shopping with my sister, and she was telling me that her wardrobe is composed entirely of neutrals, plus green, purple and…yellow, I think. This, she said, is why she can spend as much on clothes as she does – everything she buys can go with everything else. I have to admit that the concept in theory appeals to me. I love clothes, but I’m more likely to wear favorites over and over again, and I’m always tempted to pare down my wardrobe to the essentials. I was taken enough with the idea that I even mentally picked my triad of colors and have been browsing my favorite shopping sites with an eye out for teal, purple and orange.
Originally posted 2011-12-02 06:15:51.
Wearing color – loads of it, in big pile-on style outfits – used to be one of my greatest joys in life. And whenever the Trend Dictators declared that this season it would be JEWEL TONES! Or NEONS! Or SATURATED 70’s SHADES! I was thrilled.
And never surprised when very, very few folks actually indulged in these color gluts. Style bloggers may hop on the Technicolor train quite cheerfully, but the rest of the clothed world typically remains standing on the platform.
Because black? Black is eternally cool. Neutrals are perpetually chic. And most women want to as look cool and chic as possible as many days as possible. Neutrals are also a palette unto themselves and generally look fabulous worn in virtually any combination. They’re not only cool and chic, they’re relatively easy to work with.
Originally posted 2011-05-24 06:15:58.
Fashion, clothing, and style are often portrayed as frivolous interests. Wasteful of time, energy, and money. Vain and self-absorbed. Unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
Which is downright hilarious when you consider how important clothing has been to human culture over time. Clothing has served as a medium for self-expression, a way to quietly rebel, and a means of delineating power structures. Now, I’m no historian and I’m sure some of you ARE historians, so I encourage you to peek at the contributions in the comments. But from a non-historian’s brain come the following examples: Throughout many cultures, royalty and nobility will show rank and wealth by wearing certain colors, materials, and garments. Judges and clergy wear robes to indicate authority and set the tone in courtrooms and places of worship. Athletes associate with their chosen sports through accessory, shoe, and clothing choices.
Originally posted 2012-09-25 06:19:21.