What’s your favorite color? No, really, what’s your favorite color? Don’t over think it, the first one that comes to mind? Chances are you will pick some cheery, bright shining crimson-y red or a deep seductive blue, maybe even a ripe juicy purple, yea, purple, that’s it. I’ve been saying my favorite color is Purple for most of my life. In fact, my best friends could tell you me and the color Purple had an intense love affair for a while that got a little weird, so much so that I had to break up with Purple for a while. We’re talking my first car was Purple, kind of bat-shit crazy here, can you say stalker?
Point here is, that’s not really my favorite color at all. I do buy a lot of it and I still am quite fond of the eggplanty, lilac-esque color family, but if I were to look into my heart of hearts of what color I want to wear ALL THE TIME and makes me feel warm, cozy, comfy and special <—needy much? It’s Gray, sweet, sweet soft Gray.
I’m a pretty upbeat gal, I like happy things, I do, really I do. If you read those what-does-your -favorite-color-say-about-you articles — which by the way, who is the expert on this? What do they know any way? The “personality color experts” would tell me things like:
- You are neutral about life, often to the point of being indifferent.
- You prefer a safe, secure and balanced existence and never desire much excitement. OR
- You are practical and calm, do not like to attract attention and are simply seeking a contented life.
Umm, nope, nope and NOPE. That’s not me at all. In fact, I’m fairly opinionated on things, rarely indifferent, seek out adventure and excitement and finally I’m a Leo for goodness sakes, I LOVE ATTENTION! I blog. Enough said.
So now that we are all in agreement that there is no merit whatsoever to this color psychology nonsense, we can move on. I talk a lot about building a base wardrobe, that is basics centric and preferably season-less – as in, you shouldn’t have to completely put away elements of your wardrobe with the exception of winter outwear, swimsuits and some shorts. We can talk more about this later.
Gray is your wardrobe’s BFF. I absolutely believe that there is never too much gray to be had. I dig it, I really do. To simply say that gray goes with everything is not doing the concept justice. Guys, it goes with ANYTHING. It can be casual like heathered jogger pants, fancy like a sequenced halter, flirty like a wool blended fit ‘n flare skirt, sporty like a baseball jersey and serious like a elbow patched blazer.
YEARS ago I had these sexy little heather grey shootie/booties with a chunky wedged heel, before (sh)booties were everywhere and I L.O.V.E.D.’ed them sooo much. They went with everything obviously and one day, they just up and disappeared. Like, gone. My gut tells me a certain young babysitter may have made off with them after a complimenting them one evening out. I still miss them, dearly. Gray footwear, particularly boots are in like mad this winter and for good reason. They go with EVERYTHING. Also, dresses, sophisticated, serious with a fun edgy side, you really can’t go wrong with gray.
My five year old daughter, who is quite fashionable actually, rolled her eyes at me recently when I picked out a simple heather grey pocket tee for her to wear. HER favorite color is pink and purple and all things bright, as it should be. I told her, listen, honey, gray goes with everything. I picked up something fuchsia and held it up to the shirt and said, “See! look at how well that goes with bright colors!” A few minutes later she came downstairs with the grey shirt on, fuchsia shorts and purple knee socks with ankle boots. I was impressed. She looked and me and said “Come on, Ma, gray goes with EVERYTHING!” I shed a quiet, proud tear. Yes, dear, it does.
Now. If you are going to invest in some of the season’s hottest depressing color, here are my picks in no particular order:
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and for the love of all that is sale-worthy, do not pay full price, all major brands have ridiculous sales, on the regular, so sign up for email notifications (get your discount for doing so) and actually pay attention to that Promotions tab in your Gmail account and shop sales!
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