08-04-14 Colour Me Happy

Colour does make an appearance in my wardrobe – in my accessories!

I should start by saying that I rarely do pink and my wardrobe is predominantly black. If, in the words of Pablo Picasso “colours, like features, follow the changes of the emotions” what does it say about me that my wardrobe is lacking in colour? Does this mean I am lacking in emotion somewhat?

I would argue not but I am sure there are many out there who would disagree! When shopping I tend to veer on that which is safe….black, blue, grey and brown is about as adventurous as I get. I am a safe clothing shopper who buys the same top in a couple of different colours in the one visit, none of which are particularly adventurous.

On the few occasions I do have a lapse and choose something with colour I find that the said item will hide in my wardrobe until I feel brave enough to wear it on its first outing. I don’t know whether this is because I am unsure whether it’s really me or whether it’s more of a case of leaving the safety net of what I have known for many years.

Every now and again I may venture in to the unknown….I recently purchased a purple coat. I really don’t know what I was thinking and I have to admit, although it has been worn, it’s rarely my first choice. Having said that, when I have worn it my friends have passed positive comments so maybe I should take heed and think about adding more colour to my wardrobe.

I admire friends and colleagues who seem to be able to carry off bright colours in their clothes; they’re able to make what would seem like a clash on me look good. I may choose to add a colourful scarf to my outfit but I would never dream of being bold in my colour choice. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I do have colour in my life….my watches and my nail polish!

Does this mean I have a desire to wear brights but am not self assured enough to display this to the big wide world? Perhaps! I enjoy taking the time to paint my nails and bright purples, dark blues and deep reds are the colours of choice. I do draw the line at bright pinks though! My toe nails are always brighter so I am a secret lover of colour.

When it comes to my watches though it’s a different story. I am a fan of Ice-Watch and justify adding new designs to my collection with the “well it’s functional, you always need a watch” excuse. Bright red, shades of purple and blues in various sizes, greens, greys, and even some paler pinks, with designs in aluminium and silicon….my collection has become impressive. I find myself asking the question “which do I fancy wearing today?” but would argue this is just a feeling and not a true reflection of my emotion.

It’s a way of my adding a flash of colour without being too out there and the fact that the bold models only tend to feature one colour means I don’t feel daring! Although I would argue that my emotions are unaffected by the colour watch I choose to adorn my wrist, I do sometimes find myself smiling when checking the time so perhaps colour does affect emotion after all and Pablo had a point!