Choose to Live and Dress in Color

May 12, 2016 

“Downtown they think they’re stylish, but they all wear black. That’s not really style. That’s a uniform.” -Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel in her Glory

Iris Apfel in her Glory

     Colors are a luxury. A luxury- that everyone can have so they choose. In a way, they are to fashion, as what having an opinion is to a conversation. Colors can be agreeable and unassuming, like black and gray (I know I know, technically Black is not a "color".. but you know what I mean in this context). Or, they can be bold, and uncaring of the mass opinion. I am obviously in favor of the latter. However, I understand the place of the former as a safety for most people who are on a budget and think to themselves that they will get more use from a garment they invest in that is not a piece (as colors so often are). Most frugal shoppers will choose the“Staple” piece that is black (and can be worn bi weekly- going unnoticed by peers). I get it! I absolutely get it! It’s safe. 

          In my experience as a New Yorker, one’s day can quickly turn into the evening, and an evening can turn into a party without having the time to go home and change for the occasion. One wants to stand out in the crowd, but in a way that says “I belong here.” No one wants to be confused for someones visiting from out of town cousin from a suburb of some second tier city. That fear in my opinion, is why black is so popular. It’s truly safe, and unassuming, while being modern. Black can make one, regardless of social class, appear elegant. Black doesn’t require planning because it can be thrown on. The usage of color in ones garment choices and wardrobe does require assessment. It’s so often that we are trained to associate colors with moods, characteristics and qualities we may or may not want to exude. There seems to be so many rules such as “what colors one should/should not wear to a wedding” or “red means I’m sexually on the prowl”. All of these rules and anxieties make it understandable to pardon someone who does not already value fashion, to also overwrite the notion of double checking a look’s color scheme as being- well, too much work. HOWEVER!; I urge you to not fear colors. To not live by these rules in the daily context of your life. It’s a balance that at the end of all analysis is only pulled through by fashion victims that share the common denominator of confidence. Confidence!Those who go out in a look with color, are more often than not, people I want to meet because they LIVE in color. I look at them and think risk. Risk translates into adventure. Adventure translates into true individuality. Be individual and wear what you want to wear. Start with colors. 

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