It started with a deep blue sweater that fit like a glove and set my eyes off perfectly, and which I could not make myself buy because it Was.Not.Black. I panicked. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t imagine pulling that sweater off, even though it was clearly made for me. And it pissed me off. So as my New Years Resolution in 2012 I decided to go a year without buying anything black. I did it, and here’s what I learned.
1. One Cannot Simply Walk Into Colors
Colors require thought and planning. There are far too many of them, and most of them look horrible next to each other. The first few times I bought outfits, I ended up looking like a tree frog at the end of a food fight. Things I thought matched, didn’t. Things that were cute just sat in my closet because nothing went with them. If you’ve spent the last 20 years with nothing more to worry about than making sure your closet has enough light to tell the blue-base blacks from the red-base blacks, you might try starting with a basic palette in mind.
2. I Like Sweaters That Make Me Look Like an Extra on Star Trek
I also like horsey boots, a color called “oatmeal”, and matching my undies to my outfit. Breaking your preconceptions about yourself, about what you can and can’t pull off, about what does or doesn’t fit into the box you’ve assigned yourself, gives you a lot of new latitude for finding out what it is that you actually do like. Sometimes the things you find out are surprising. Then again, I still hate orange. Marooned with You Sweater , currently Out of Stock.
3. You Should Take Those Colors Off when you Cook
Or Clean. Or Eat. Or Paint. Jesus, was I covered in this much crap all the time and just couldn’t see it?
4. This Dress Is Like The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid was the first Disney movie that came out when I was old enough to like Disney movies again. Remember what that was like? Suddenly not needing to be too cool to go to a cartoon, not being afraid anyone was going to mistake you for a little kid, and just getting to sit back and enjoy the ride again? Yeah, this dress is like that to me. Glamour Power To You Dress in Woodland Garden, $74.99
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