Earlier this month I read a guest post on a blog where a man shared his point of view of what 40+ women should and shouldn’t wear. Yes, I know. As if we need yet another one of those posts telling us what we should and shouldn’t wear – at any age.
Because in reality, the post should only be one sentence.
Wear whatever you want!
Anyway, one of his points was us 40+ fillies shouldn’t wear too many bright colours in any one outfit. Apparently, we should aim to limit the number of colours, in particular, to avoid wearing more than 2 bright ones at the same time. Why? I have no idea! It wasn’t explained.
Presumably, the world would spiral off its axis if we did, due to the uncontained, mass explosion of colour!
Too risky, too risky!
Now, this wasn’t a red rag to a bull – yup, colour pun totally intended there – because I take these types of post with a shovelful of salt. I generally roll my eyes and deeply exhale ‘ridiculous’ and then go and do something more interesting. But when I was planning a second week of colour blocking, well…. I thought, blow me, I’m going to do more than 2 bright colours! I do hope you’ve got your sunglasses on standby for the explosion of colour. I take health ‘n’ safety here very seriously!
Last week we had red and purple – two colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel. This week, it’s the turn of the colour that sits on the other side of red on the wheel – orange.
Now, I had originally wanted to do a neon pink and red outfit but I don’t own a top in the right shade of pink. I wasn’t about to go and buy one just to make up an outfit for the challenge, as therein madness lies! This is all about creating outfits (mostly) from existing items in my wardrobe. If a new item appears, it’s only because there was a hole waiting to be filled or it’s a stand out piece worth buying.
It meant the pink being relegated to the supporting role of the accessories, which in fairness, it does with gusto, I think you’ll agree. Stepping into the empty shoes left by the pink is the orange cardigan and I love the zesty vividness that the orange brings to the outfit.
The individual pieces of the outfit are simple, everyday pieces that most of us have in our wardrobes. A top, cardigan and jeans – could they be any more easy to wear? As a previous cardie and jeans combo shows though (Hot Pink Sundae), from the Winter section of my challenge, it’s the combination of colours and the small details that stop this type of outfit from being too simple.
– Choose either a patterned top or if going plain, one with texture or unusual detailing e.g. embroidery anglaise, jacquard, pintuck stitching or cut outs.
– Choose accessories that will stand out either in colour, shape or size. And remember, they don’t have to be matching either in design or colour. My necklace is very different in style to my bracelet but are linked by colour.
– Fancy footwear is your friend. Here my sandals stand out because of the colour which is complimentary to the red and orange whilst being contrasting. Otherwise, choose prints such as leopard, snakeskin or floral.
– Be bold and explore colour combinations. They don’t necessarily have to be bright colours as with this outfit; pastels can work just as well.
The style of the necklace fits beautifully with the broderie anglaise of the top; feminine but not twee.
I’m rather taken with the cascading symmetry of the trio of scooping lines – necklace, top and cardigan!
Some shades of pink can feel very girly and veer a little towards ‘Barbie’ doll in feel, which my inner tomboy doesn’t always appreciate! The gold bars on the gladiator sandals, with the studs on the bag stop either from being too sugary sweet.
The spiral bracelet was an unexpected but pleasant find in a small boutique in the South of France last winter. With the top and bottom colours being pink and orange it’s perfect for the outfit. The thick coils suit the style of the bag and the shoes.
Dorothy Perkins Petite Red Jeans
TKMaxx Embroidery Anglaise Top This is a lovely Broderie Anglaise shirt from Betty Jackson
Monsoon Orange cardigan (old) Orange Cardigan
Oasis Pink Necklace current but not on website
Multi Coloured Spiral bracelet from a boutique in France
TKMaxx Bag (old)
New Look Gladiator Sandals (old) Pink Block Heel Sandals or Flat Sandals
Tangerine Dream Footnote
I’m really at a loss as to why anyone would think an outfit comprising of 3 bright colours would be a no-no, regardless of age and particularly how I’m wearing them. Yes, the colours are bright and eye-catching but that’s precisely the point of these kind of colours. I’ve never been interested in fading into the wallpaper and I’m sure as heck not going to start as I approach my 50th birthday!
Minimalists dressers would probably shy away from such brightness but I’m hardly looking like a Jackson Pollock painting gone wrong!
I can’t tell you how good I felt all day mood wise whilst wearing my trio of colours.
Now anybody, whether man, woman or child is entitled to their opinion but if you’re going to make sweeping statements about what women should wear, you better back it up with a valid argument. Fine if you don’t like the aesthetic of bright colours being worn together, that’s personal taste but that in itself is not enough to advise people that you shouldn’t wear them!
Right, I’ll get off my soapbox now and recline on my garden walk basking in my Colour!
What bright colours do you like wearing together? Do you wear 3 or more bright colours together? And how do you feel about articles saying what 40+ women should wear?
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