Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Purple. As far back as I can remember, I have always loved everything and anything rainbow. One of my earliest childhood shopping memories was lusting over the Pink Floyd, “Dark Side of the Moon” t-shirt because it had a rainbow coloured prism. Once it was in my possession I wished to wear it everyday. That is probably the approximate time my colourful obsession began.
I don’t really remember going through a phase in my life where I did not want to wear colourful clothing. Just shy of a few years ago, I began adding multiple black shoes to my wardrobe. For the longest time it was unusual to find more than one black summer shoe and one black winter boot in my closet. In the more recent years, I have a new found love for various black fashion pieces and accepted that it does complete certain outfits at times however, all things colourful will ALWAYS dominate my wardrobe.
I have never been reluctant to wear colour in any situation nor discouraged to wear numerous colours together. I have always had an strong opinion on my fashion choices and never paid much attention to what others thought.
Typically when I am shopping the first items I am drawn to are all the vivid colour items. If I like something, I will usually purchase it while putting together a whole look together in my head. I will visualize what current closet items I possess at home that will best accompany my new purchase.
Embarrassing enough, I am often kept up at night thinking of outfits I could wear from my current wardrobe from head to toe trying to create new looks. That is the honest truth! As a matter of fact I just spent the last 30 minutes deciding between which of three pairs of various fitted jeans and two t-shirts to wear tomorrow. I often exhaust myself fusing over these minute details. But to me, it’s what I love to do. I put together my outfits the night before so I don’t have to spend any extra time in the morning looking for certain pieces and can sleep that extra time. Yes, I am totally obsession! Always have been, always will be.
I will start with one piece from my closet, whether it be a dress, a sweater, a certain pair of shoes I want to wear, a specific new accessory, etc. and continue from there with other necessary items to complete my look.
For example, if it’s a solid coloured dress, I will want to add some other element of colour to take away the simplicity. I will add a bright pair of shoes in another colour or accessories like a necklace, earrings, scarf or bracelet. Lastly, I will decide what bag would finish off my OOTD and hopefully create my own individualized ensemble.
My wardrobe items typically ranges in price from some fast fashion item to a luxury brand item such as a pair of shoes, handbag or jacket.
Even if I am wearing something with pattern all over, such as the dress pictured in this blog post, I often feel like I need to add some other element to unify my look. I decided to add a belt to give an extra pop of colour and accentuate my waist creating a more hour glass figure. I actually left my flat in a brand new pair of Balenciaga’s I picked up at the Saks sale (picture to shortly follow) but my feet were already tiresome and I knew I would be walking a lot this particular day. When I wear something with gold metal detail, I more often than not opt to wear my gold bangles on one arm and leave the other arm for something with colour. Since I carried my brown neutral toned Louis Vuitton Speedy 40 Mon Monogram with two-toned coloured stripes, I added a leather bracelet in a royal blue that went with the tones in my dress and tied another coloured bandana around my bag.
I often have heard that once you are completely dressed, one should step back and look in the mirror and remove one item. Less is more they say. I tend to disagree. If anything, I would likely add some other element to create a more expressive look.
It all comes down to what makes you feel the most comfortable walking out the door wearing, unless there are work or event restrictions you are dressing for. No one else’s opinion should matter!
Until next time,