Feb 252007
 

Orange is my most favorite color in the world. It’s vibrant and fiery and friendly and sunny and warm. And it suits my complexion.

It’s also associated with the second chakra, with – according to Sonia Choquette – our vitality, our emotional and sensual well-being. With quite basic needs though not as basic as those attributed to the first chakra, the foundation where our personal power and well-being originate. The first chakra is associated with the color red.

Sadly, orange will soon be out of fashion again. You can see it. Right now clothes for young women are brown, soft pink, black or white. Orange clothes can only be found in stores for women age 50 and older. So, out of fashion it is.

This happened to me once before. At the end of the seventies, orange vanished and I had to transfer my love to hot pink. Well, I might like pink too, but pink doesn’t like me. I can live with red, that’s okay, but not as good as having the choice between red and orange.

There was a shirt I once saw and didn’t buy at the time because I was pregnant then, and I still lust for it: Indian, tie-dyed, orange, red and pink with an image of Ganesha on the front. Ah.

I’ll be quite content as long as they leave me at least some color, but I fear the days of black only are coming back. Not that I have anything against black as such. Marvelous color. Especially for shoes and pants. (Even for blogs.) But tops?

You see, I’m an autumn type. That means I look good in brownish colors, moss green, burgundy, burnt orange or terracotta. Some autumn people may wear caramel or pastels but not me. Pale colors, white and especially black or pink make me look s if all color had been drained out of my face. Oh, and don’t forget gray.

There used to be a time when I wore black, grey, red and green exclusively. With very pale makeup and very red lipstick. Those were the early 90s. Vampire look. Then a friend told me that maybe grey and black were not the ideal colors for me and you know what? Nobody has asked me if I felt sick when I was actually healthy since I changed my look.

So, I’m mourning the fashion shift. There were orange tops, orange sweaters, even orange purses, backpacks and shoes. One time they even made my favorite computer wear tangerine. No more.

Do you think it will come back sometime? In 30 years or so? For now I’m stockpiling on moss-green and brown.

(This is what happens when I cheat and use my writing group assignment for a blog post. And when I write my writing group assignment on the way to the meeting on the train. The train ride only takes 20 minutes. I’ll be back with regular posting next week.)

  9 Responses to “Color, orange or mourning the paradigm shift in fashion”

  1. i think orange should stay in. i think we should make it so.

    orange is my favorite, too…although it doesn’t look as well against my skin..it screams of fire and freedom and desire, doesn’t it?

    missed you.

  2. i think orange should stay in. i think we should make it so.

    orange is my favorite, too…although it doesn’t look as well against my skin..it screams of fire and freedom and desire, doesn’t it?

    missed you.

  3. You know, I have a couple of shirts in a terracotta shade that I do like a lot…and the best color of lipstick for me is in those shades too…not that I ever wear any, but check my make up kit – it’s there.

    I have to say, I am so insensible to fashion and what looks good – I need a make-over show!

    I’ll keep my eyes out for cool orangy stuff. Maybe it’s not going out of style in US.

  4. Say it isn’t so!!! I LOVE orange, and orange loves me!

    I’ll just have to keep wearing it anyway–I stay so behind on styles that no one will notice. And if its “out” my daughter will quit stealing it from my closet! Hey–she just returned my orange crocs that I haven’t seen in 2 months—you may be right…

  5. Say it isn’t so!!! I LOVE orange, and orange loves me!

    I’ll just have to keep wearing it anyway–I stay so behind on styles that no one will notice. And if its “out” my daughter will quit stealing it from my closet! Hey–she just returned my orange crocs that I haven’t seen in 2 months—you may be right…

  6. Yup, me too. Orange is my favourite colour. I am wearing it as I type. I’m also an autumn with an alarmingly light skin tone.

  7. Yup, me too. Orange is my favourite colour. I am wearing it as I type. I’m also an autumn with an alarmingly light skin tone.

  8. Orange was my dad’s favorite color, so cheerful! My little one, MF, seems to gravitate towards his orange and yellow tops, too, which is nice.

  9. Orange was my dad’s favorite color, so cheerful! My little one, MF, seems to gravitate towards his orange and yellow tops, too, which is nice.

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