Colour seems to be such an important topic because it is so personal (see comments, and note that teal has more fans than anticipated). Colour seems to be part of the decision not be be neutral or the personal decision to compliment a neutral.
All of your comments have me thinking.
Here are some of those thoughts, or questions really:
- How many of you wear your favourite colours a lot, or at least give them a priority?
- How much of our basic colours are those that manufacturing has presented us with? We all know that cutting one colour for multiple garments sure saves fabric. How much more fabric would be saved if the colour range is contained? Look at this very interesting article from today's NY Times on how we are trained to feel the "Colour of the Year"
- Really I think a person would be hard pressed these days to sew a wardrobe without black if she wanted. In the winter at least black dominates. Try even finding navy leggings for example, or yoga pants easily in any thing other than black. Can you imagine how much even harder that would be if you were trying to build a wardrobe around teal or say plum?
- Only sewists have the choice to swim upstream colour wise, but then they can expect to stand out even more in the RTW sea around them.
- Coordinating is stil tough for many personal palette sewists, which is why many who decide to do this sew in "outfits" rather than separates, or use colour more for stand alone items like dresses and coats than basics. This would be me.
The other thing that impressed me from your comments is that a few of you mentioned that colour often attracted compliments and attention. Just yesterday in a Walmart I complimented a lady on her most beautiful shocking pink sweatshirt - she just looked so happy.
So if you accept the idea that colour can communicate or at least create emotional connection this is a tool of life worth considering.
I hope that none of you who saw this series were expecting a brilliant what French women wear type wardrobe plan in our discussion of personal style.
I am pretty sure that is being done elsewhere and being done well.
I think what's going on here instead is a conversation on how we use clothes, and as sewists we can define those, to talk to the world about who we are, or more importantly speak to ourselves about who we really are.
What's up next of course has to be body image.
Brace yourself for that one.
It's a biggy and will be something I will be pondering as we head west out of Texas tomorrow.