What Color is Your World· 0 comments · Friend in the Closet, Getting Dressed by Color
For many of us having our color charts done in the late 70’s and 80’s empowered us to wear color or rather see color differently. Thank you Suzanne the founder of the color chart sensation. We also search for answers and approval from what our mothers, daughters, sisters, brothers, fathers, partners or spouses have told us. I’m here to offer you a solution to the conversation you may have with yourself before you switch from black to pink!
Color has proven to offer many benefits including, affecting our moods and supporting our confidence. Color encourages self expression and creativity. Worn in a polite and appropriate way color can reflect the child we still hold inside.
We know intuitively that color has a profound effect on those it comes in contact with, in others as well as ourselves. The idea of wearing black to be invisible or white to reflect purity is an interesting thought. Here’s a thought for those who feel black is so much easier when you wear black do you find the need to apply more makeup or do you feel you look more tired? I’m not suggesting rid your closet of black completely I simply am offering a thought, fear not the color rather look in the mirror and ask the reflection how it feels to have only one crayon color.
Choosing a daily color can offer you more options, and, at the same time, less actual decision making options when you’re getting dressed. Sounds like a contradiction? By choosing a different color daily you’ll have less to think about, and more time to focus on the more important tasks facing you that day. I incorporated the colors of the Chakra as a daily guide for me to wear color and mix up the wardrobe I have. Monday I wear red, Tues yellow or orange, Weds blue, Thursday green, Friday a shade of pinks and lavenders and the weekend is always free choice! I have lived this style attitude for 15years. Admittedly certain colors triggered unpleasant and uncomfortable feelings including anger. Knowing I would face the color that created anger and discomfort every Monday I would dread Sunday evenings. Now I look forward to Mondays and what shades of red I can find and wear. Red is now a color that reminds me I have compassion, I have confidence and I can take on the week ahead.
Another way of understanding how choosing a daily color can give you more options, while also less options, try thinking of it like this: by pulling the daily color first, the surrounding “look” will be easier. Make sense? Think about your classic black, navy, grey, brown or white as your “canvas” color, then add the color for the day, your daily color, say green, work it back with your “canvas” color and voila you create a beautiful and comfortable picture that is pleasing to your eye and works. I fondly refer to my 3 color rule, pick any 3 colors and put them to a base of black or white and they work. The “comfort” you feel projects to whomever or where ever your audience is, whether in a courtroom, office, business meeting, interview, podium speaking, teaching, or simply out around town.
Once you master your weekly colors you might find it easier to shop and not make costly mistakes with those, “now what do I do with it?” garments. You may see your wardrobe in a different way and therefore start wearing clothes that have left you with questions.
For some, color may create a certain amount of discomfort. Since color is perceived in such a variety of ways, it makes perfect sense you might feel, at first, insecure, self conscious, or anxious. A suggestion, trust your intuition with how it looks and how it makes you feel. Keep that color demon off your shoulder…that voice that’s telling you to doubt your gut feeling about what looks good. Knock that ugly little bottom feeding color snatcher bugger off your shoulder. Smack it, slap it and stop its chatter so you can listen to yourself. Dodge the self judgement and the judgements you might feel from others.
Be a child again and trust the crayons in your closet. I dare you to share.
Embrace yourself, your most colorful, brilliantly vivid self!