Peter over at Male Pattern Boldness was asking what's up with taupe yesterday. To quote Peter, "if you want to look like the inside of a late-model Hyundai, wear taupe."
Oh Peter! How you do get me thinking.
Now, I'm not going to shoot down Peter's opinion. By all means he is welcome to it and he did admit that he is fighting a mild flu. It must be the fever talking? But it has me thinking what's wrong with taupe?
Seriously, taupe does seem to be a classic. Why even Peter's example of women's taupe runway fashion is from 2011. Love it!
Shopping for a knit fabric for Vogue 1312, I was drawn to a table of crepe knit. There were several colours to chose from but I was drawn to the taupe colour even though the sales lady was trying to talk me out of it and into the black crepe knit.
If I weren't shopping for the Vogue pattern I had in mind, I would have picked up one of the other colours like orange. But I felt that the unique design of the dress called for something neutral as to not overpower the design.
I wasn't convinced by the sales lady's suggestion that that black was a better colour on me, besides I have enough black dresses sitting in my wardrobe. I craved something different, something calming.
Brad Pitt's character Rusty in Ocean 11 hit it with the line, "they say taupe is very soothing." I agree.
Taupe, for me, is the colour of comfort. I can see my taupe dress working with my jean jacket or my indigo coloured wool jacket. I can dress it up or dress it down and always feel comfortable in this colour.
To me taupe is a neutral colour that has endless possibilities. And that is why I like taupe, with its greyish brown possibilities.
But why all the taupe bashing? I guess colours are personal and some just invoke strong reactions or not.
Pantone released their colour forecast for 2013 and apparently emerald is the colour of the year. It is being sold as the lively and vibrant colour.
Now emerald is a colour that I'm not all that excited about. None of the Pantone 2012 colours actually jump out for me. They don't make my soul sing like tangerine did last year or the possibilities that taupe offers.
And according to "experts", taupe is not considered "the perfect colour match" with my olive skin either. But sometimes you just have to say to heck with colour theories and forecasts and just go with what makes you feel good even if that is looking like the interior of a car.
I can't wait to show you my new taupe dress. Soon...
Until then, Happy Sewing!
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