You'd know me if you saw me. I'm the girl with the sunshiny-yellow winter coat. In fall, I wander around in a turquoise jacket the same colour as my car. I have cherry red leggings, high-visibility orange business pants, and a plethora of colourful tops for all occasions.
It's more than the fact that I like to stand out (I do!). I wear these colourful clothes to put me in a better mood. Everywhere I go in the winter, seeing me makes people smile. While the world is wearing their black parkas, I glow with my yellow coat and scarves of every colour (today, orange and black paisley!) Colour makes people happy. At a time of year when people haven't seen the sun because they're stuck in an office all day, a bit of bright yellow can be all it takes to bring their mood up.
I have a friend who feels jealous of the things I can "pull off". Not in a bad way, but in a "I wish I was brave enough to wear that without looking like an idiot" way. The key to wearing something out of the ordinary? Don't let if faze you! If you aren't afraid of it, if you're ok with standing out, getting a bit of attention, and can take those things in stride, you're set!
I walk around in Vibrams in the summer. www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/P
One of the reviewers when I was considering purchasing said, "These shoes are not for the shy! People will stop you in the street to talk about them". Too right! I've had marathon runners and little old ladies stop me to talk about my shoes.
Clothing in an expression of my inner self, and it's non-negotiable. Growing up, I used it as a weapon (startling and making dizzy the stoned kids in my high school; or choosing clashing colours purposefully). I am not fearless... far from it. But in order to make me feel uncomfortable about my clothing choice, you would have to convince me that it didn't fit. Otherwise, it's merely taste. Heaven knows that my taste isn't everyone's, but everyone's taste isn't mine.
So I deal with the haters the same way I accept compliments: with a smile and a laugh. Colour is a wonderful thing. It makes people smile and brightens their day. You would be surprised at how a wall of black suits affects the mentality of those around you: be the red herring! Can't wear a powder-blue suit to work? Go for the current necktie! Can't get away with bright-coloured leggings? Try a summary skirt with leggings and boots... and a suit jacket, if necessary. I LOVE the summer dress and sportcoat/blazer look!
Bring colour back into your winter!