Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Where have all the colours gone?

Today’s dressers are all about ease and functionality. There is little life and soul to the modern work outfit. History and culture tells us that humans love to adorn, decorate and embellish themselves. From tribal jewelry to piercings and tattoos, each culture and ethnic group has their own particular adornment. So why have so many of us lost sight of the fun aspects of fashion and our innate love of embellishments? People get worked up with the idea of need… ‘do I really need this?’, ‘when would I ever need to wear this?’. In the end, accessorizing should not be about need, but it should be about wanting, loving, and ultimately having fun. Necklaces, bracelets, belts and hats will never be a staple item in a wardrobe, but consider them the artwork to your clothing frame.  The detail that makes you stand out from the crowd. 

I was walking through the MTR yesterday and really noticed for the first time how many people were wearing dark tones; black, grey, brown. Only about 1 in every 10 people I saw was wearing any colour. In my opinion, people play it too safe. 

I’m not suggesting we all pierce and tattoo ourselves in order to inject some personality, but accessories provide us with a great means to this end.  I think even the traditional black work suit or dress can definitely be livened up while still keeping with the rules on corporate dress! For example, a thin coloured belt can be used to break up the black. A lighter coloured waist-coat or bright scarf can add a splash of colour while still remaining smart. Maybe choose coloured jewelry, brooch, shoes or handbag. Anything to add some colour and personality to an otherwise dark outfit.  

If you are anxious about experimenting with accessories, the only advice is to try. Don’t be shy. How wrong can you really go?

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