People think there are good colors and bad colors on them. In fact, just today a woman tried on a piece that she loved but said the all-to-common words, "...but that color just washes me out." Ever heard or said that yourself? I hate to say it, but that's a load of hogwash!
We have been fed lies about color but before you start arguing with me, hear me out.
Customers will regularly ask me 'do you think I should wear the green or the red...?' but I have a rule: no employee may give their opinion on color! Why?
Companies have been lying to customers. Clothing stores have used color as a way to control how people feel about themselves. People have made careers out of being color specialists and telling people what colors work and don't work on them. "You should really gravitate towards reds because of your skin tone..." or "Whites wash you out and make you look pale." No they don't. Color doesn't do anything to you.
What is happening when you listen to those ideas is you are wondering how other people will perceive a color on you.
But you want to know what I believe? ANYONE can wear ANY color. Period. Why? Because all I care about is what colors YOU like. In my shop, my goal is to learn what colors you do and don't like. THAT is all that matters.
And you might bring up eye color and skin tone and I will stay say, "What do you like to look at." If you hate a color, I will never suggest it ever again. I have no attachment to you liking one color over another. Cut, on the other hand, is something I do have strong views on, as many of you have experienced; I want things to fit well. But color is all on you!
When you gravitate to colors you like, your self-confidence SHINES through and THAT is what people see. Self-confidence radiates through any color that you yourself love. Not the other way around.
So the next time someone says "That washes you out," ignore them. That is their attempt to control how YOU feel about yourself. Don't listen to the negativity and embrace you. They are simply repeating the same false ideas about color that they themselves have been taught.
Like the 55 year-old red-head who won't green because at age 5, her mother told her red-heads don't wear green. But when I asked her if she liked the color green, she said "I LOVE GREEN!" So I asked her how much longer she was wanted to live her life under her mother's rules? Another day, week, or decade?
Color is about you, your likes, your personality, and any color will work on you if YOU want it to. Just stick your chin in the air, be fabulous, and stroll down the street radiating how wonderful of a person you are.
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