My wardrobe is mainly black, a little grey and a splash of white and olive green. I wear black because it makes me feel confident. My house is earth tones- tan, brown and olive green. This color environment is calming. Neutral. Serene. Non descript.
But, I do have a signature color: pink. I own a pale pink moto jacket and two hot pink bags. My phone case: pink. My wallet/key thing: pink. My bathrobe: pink. My mainly colorless world has little pops of pink running though it.
Yesterday Deb made an interesting comment about Little Women: I posed the question, which character did you most relate to. Deb responded how the four main characters represented the stereotypes of the day, and how we are probably a little piece of the different characters. And she was right- the characters are stereotypes. And, people do group others into types. Just like they do when people choose one color over another.
When people see me wearing black, they jump to conclusions. Emo, Goth, plain, boring, chic, urban…the list goes on. They see my all black outfit and make assumptions about the type of person I am. Now this doesn’t happen in NYC too much, because black is a predominant color in a Manhattan wardrobe. But when I traveled…I think I was spotted as a New Yorker before I even opened up my accent…
Now let’s jump to the pink. Pink gets a bad rap. I know Mother’s who will not let their girls wear pink- they think it’s “too” feminine”. I get odd glances when I walk around with my hot pink patent shoulder bag. How can I wear pink? I see the look in their eyes without them opening up their accents…
And maybe pink is feminine. But I’m OK with that. I’m feminine. This is neither a good or a bad trait- it’s just part of who I am and I wear it proudly. I’m OK with the pale pink side of my personality. I’m 100% OK with being a female.
But what about the other shade of pink, the shocking pink, the hot pink…Personally I think those shades of pink are a lot more bold than red. And boy do I throw my fuchsia around…
I am not just the pale color associated with all things Easter and all things cute…I am also bold and innovative and in your face. I take calculated risks. I can be reserved and I can be authoritative….
I am not one thing. I have many dimensions, many shades….
Yet- if you hear I love pink….what do you think?