Amuse Bouche #32-Color

Amuse Bouche (ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh): literally translated into “mouth amuser”.  Wikipedia definition: a single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre.

 Jodie’s use of the term: a small hint or clever tip!  (Think Hints from Heloise!!)

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Wear More Color

So let me get on one of my soap boxes today!!  Color ladies….let’s wear more color!  I realize that the season is moving towards winter and with this change of season, we tend to reach more for the darker colors and neutrals (whether it be due to that’s what the stores are showing or habit?).  But, really, let’s talk psychology.  We all know there is some truth to color psychology. And the winter months tend to be more depressing and bleak especially since it gets dark sooner!  So I’d like to start a movement to wear more bright colors during fall and winter and see if you feel better. Besides, just as “they” say you should eat the rainbow (eat a variety of different colored foods), I’m thinking you should wear the rainbow too (maybe not all at one time, but hey, why not?)!

For those who still dwell in the world of black, black & more black…I get it.  1-It’s easy.  2-They’ve touted that it’s slimming (I beg to differ…a bad fitting black garment does not make you look svelte no matter what.  A great fitting item is what makes you look wonderful!). 3-It’s readily available at retail stores all the time. 4-It doesn’t show stains easily (I also raise an eyebrow at this since the white cat hair and dust particles show up just as crazily on my black pants). 5-You have a ton of it in your closet.

But let me ask you a question. Does it really look good with your complexion? There are some of you out there that it does.  But for most of us, as we get older, it tends to make us look sallow and washed out. How do you know if it looks good on you or not? Well, has anyone ever said to you, “Wow, that black really looks great on you (the color, not the item)!” If you’re not sure or really want to try this out, do an experiment.  Wear your black shirt when you go to an event with good friends (you know…good friends=ones that will tell you the absolute truth).  Do they comment how great that color looks on you?  Then at another event wear that same black shirt with a bright colorful scarf.  If you keep doing this with different colored scarves or even shirts, you should probably start to get a picture of what looks good on you by the compliments you receive.

So join me in my color movement.  Wear the colors that look great on you!!  Besides this thought below says it all!! Color for the 50's, 60's, & 70's

Tell me how you feel about black clothes!  This week on the blog the three of us are wearing colored jeans….apropos, no?

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I find all black or dark and drab colored outfits depressing, unflattering and unattractive. I don’t get it. Colors, prints, patterns are so much prettier and happier. You need at least a touch of color, though I like more. To me it would be like setting a dinner table with black tablecloth and plates, or having black walks, floor and furniture in a room. Even if someone (young and beautiful) can carry off a black or drab outfit, they’d always look better with color added, or in a pretty color.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know!! It always amazes me the women I meet that just “LOVE” black! Although I went through this phase in college, I suppose! I’m so glad I’m over it, and I try to push my preferences on everyone I meet (ha ha)!!
      That’s a great analogy with the dinner table—I’ll have to use that next time I’m talking to someone!!

  • Suzanne

    I do not look good in black. I have light skin and a ruddy complexion. Everywhere, I read about the “little black dress” being so indispensable, but the only black I feel successful wearing is black pants.

    • Exactly me too!! I love color, yet I did the LBD dress series because it’s so prevalent in our society! It’s nice to hear that there are others out there that think similarly!!

  • Hi Jodie, I couldn’t agree with you more. Wearing bright colours lift the spirit whereas black makes me feel so dull. Let’s keep showcasing the bold, brights to inject some fun into all our friends wardrobes xxx

    • I’m probably singing to the choir with the color post, eh? But hopefully we’ll convert more women out there!!!

  • BRAVO!
    I know that you know that I couldn’t agree more…
    I love colour, the brighter the better.

    • Of course you agree with me…you’re like my younger sister only way more daring with way longer legs!! (And that’s a good thing!)

  • I have various pieces in black but love bright clothes very much. Have a great week!

  • Bravo, Jodie. Couldn’t agree more. I’m absolutely a ‘wear more colour’. To be honest, I find all black can actually be sometimes rather boring and dare I say it, unimaginative.

    • I’m on your team…we need to give women more of a color boost!!

  • Black is my go-to color BUT I love bright colors too! You are correct…not everybody can wear black. Darlene

    • Why do we gravitate towards black? I blame the stores, because they offer almost every piece in it!!