When I was a child, we all wore wool coats in the winter. They were usually charcoal or navy. There were no colors. They were very heavy and you wore them with a plaid wool scarf and black boots or maybe heavy leggings if the weather was bad. For school I wore a navy blue jumper uniform with a white blouse every single day.
In high school, I got to wear regular clothes but the colors were muted and neutral so they “went” with everything. Tartan plaids were big with solid color sweaters — nothing too outrageous. Oh yes, we didn’t wear pants when I went to school!
After that I worked in the corporate world. To get ahead you dressed professionally. I wore neutral toned suits or dresses or pants. Navy blue was one of my big colors but black and the cream-to-taupe neutrals were big in my closet. Once in a while I would buy something outside of the box — maybe some crazy colorful palazzo pants, but I would feel uncomfortable wearing them. For me, they didn’t feel appropriate especially when I was the evil Human Resources person.
I have two granddaughters who are 6 (twins!). They wear the most wonderful clothes. Their coats are lightweight and colorful. They love hot pink and purple and they wear those colors a lot. Sometimes there are cartoon characters on the clothes or maybe sparkles or some bling. Sometimes things clash but who really cares. It’s all fun. Charcoal, navy and neutrals aren’t part of their wardrobe at all. I always envied that freedom.
Since I have retired, I no longer wear neutrals. I do have khaki pants or crops or whatever but it’s been a while since I wore black or brown or navy pants. Mostly I wear jeans or something colorful.
Today when I went out for dinner I wore purple capris with a hot pink Hello Kitty t-shirt. I completed the ensemble with a purple healthy-back purse. It was an outfit my grandkids would wear (except for the purse) and I am sure they would have been very proud of me.
I never thought that freedom from neutrals would be so much fun. I need to amend my death list instructions to include wearing my Hello Kitty t-shirt in my casket. Now that would be really cool but there is plenty of time before I need to do that!