Recently a customer wrote to me asking about what to wear with her four jackets she owned. She said she wanted something other than black or white to wear underneath her jackets. This made me realize that black is the only color I wear under my own jackets. In fact, this is why I love jackets so much. I wear jeans and a black top, or khakis and a black top, or black pants with a black top. I put my beautiful, colorful jacket over my outfit and it brightens me right up.
My knee jerk reaction when this customer asked me about what other colors she could wear was, “What’s wrong with black?”. Now I realize that’s really sad! Didn’t I just speak to a store owner who told me she paired up one of her purple jackets with a lime top? She said it looked fantastic, and her customers were responding to it. And brights are in this spring.
The funny thing is, when stores start showing particular colors for a season, our mind becomes accustomed to seeing them and suddenly they become almost like new basics. I can’t think of a color that lime doesn’t go with. But a few years ago, lime was exotic.
I think this customer was stuck in thinking she had to pick up one of the colors in the jacket and match it perfectly. But sometimes this gives us a matchy match look that isn’t necessary. Picking up a shade of one of the colors in her jacket could look beautiful.
The next time I’m shopping, I’m going to find a top with a new color that looks good on me. And it’s not going to be black!