June 5, 2013
The comments about my recent Project 333 post were an interesting conversation about colors, and who’s comfortable wearing what colors in what environments.
I’m looking out my window right now, which faces south and west, looking out onto downtown Chicago. The only colors I can see are shades of grey and beige – even the sky is grey right now. If you love cities (and I DO love cities), it’s a beautiful view. But if you’re looking for color, this is not where you’ll find it.
I take all of your comments very seriously. I read every one of them, and think about what you’ve taken the time to say. I gave a great deal of thought to comments which thought that my current wardrobe is dark, depressed, or reflective of some inner mental struggle. Really, I considered the possibility!
But I have to reject the idea of depression. I’ve got some exciting things underway (stay tuned, big changes are in the very near future!), and I’m arguably the happiest person I meet, day in and day out.
I live surrounded by subtle monotones. It’s the way we live in the city. And I dress accordingly. I know people in this neighborhood who routinely wear brightly colored garments, and… well… it isn’t a look I want for myself. I’m fascinated by the idea of a wardrobe of brightly-colored clothing, worn in a more nature-filled setting, with a different light, and a very different prevailing aesthetic. I can see how that wardrobe would be perfect for that environment, and how it could be very appropriate, very beautiful, and very practical.
But that’s not my current reality.
Thanks again for your comments – they are indeed what keeps me going every day on this blog!