Readers, I like mustard. I like to eat it and I (used to) like to wear it. It also happens to be about the least flattering color this pasty white boy could wear. (I ended up giving that tee shirt back to the thrift store from whence it came.)
Then there's seafoam. This is a really good color for me, or so I'm told by my own personal Color Me Beautiful expert, Michael. Problem is, I don't really like the color. I mean, it's OK, but I'm not drawn to it when I see it. It's so Key West.
Same goes for this violet. It's "my" purple, but I don't like the color. Yet if it flatters me and I want to look good in my clothes (and I do), should I wear it?
This ties into something that just happened, friends. I was at the Salvation Army earlier today, and in the section where they sell old sheets and blankets, and from time to time, fabric, I stumbled upon this huge (easily five yards long and 60" wide) piece of cement gray twill. Not particularly soft, not particularly gorgeous. I figured, however, I could muslin my bomber jacket with it and since it only cost $2.99, it seemed like a better deal than the washed-out cotton/poly flat sheet I could have bought for one dollar less.
Back home, I did a burn test. The fabric swatch didn't ignite. It had an acrid smell and formed a hard bead. According to the burn chart I consulted, this suggests some sort of synthetic, perhaps acrylic or polyster. Come to think of it, it does feel exactly like Dickie's work pants.
But Michael tells me it's a great color for me. He calls it taupe or light cocoa: color-naming is very subjective, obviously. It does have a heathery undertone which is flattering, I will admit (I'm a summer). Please take into account I'm feeling a little under the weather and could use a shave.
The color does bring out a certain glow (what's left of it) in my complexion, but believe me when I say that this is probably the last color on earth I'd ever be drawn to. It's so....blah.
Friends, I don't want to get into another one of those Color-Me-Beautiful-YEA-or-NAY-type debates: I know some people buy into this particular color theory and some people don't. But assuming that some colors are more flattering to us than to others, are you of the opinion that you should...
a) wear the colors that are most flattering to you and, ideally, learn to love them.
b) wear the colors you like most (i.e. that make you happy, since happy people look better), Color Me Beautiful and its ilk be damned.
c) just wear black: you'll look sophisticated and thin.
Seriously, readers, do you love your "best" colors? If not, do you still wear them since they flatter you, or throw caution to the wind and wear whatever you want?
Finally, is my taupe twill too good to waste on a muslin?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!