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Stepping Out

Readers of FPS know that I lean towards a neutral palette. It’s from decades of living in San Francisco, where black, grey and brown dominate the garment landscape. Los Angeles has widened my taste, but only just a bit. Now I own a turquoise t-shirt, which I rarely wear. What’s the boldest thing in your wardrobe?

Illustration by David Shrigley



20 comments for “Stepping Out”

  1. Meghan says:

    Probably a hot-pink North Face rain shell. I once was walking home late at night wearing this coat and a sort of drunk guy said those very words: “Great coat, that’s a very bold color choice!” LOL

    It’s great, like wearing an umbrella. I picked it over the grey one bc I bike a lot and well, maybe more so bc I just like pink!

    But wearing color is pretty routine for me. I don’t know that I’ve ever owned an LBD; grey and black may be the colors I wear the least. I love designers like Betsey Johnson and Lily Pulitzer.

    I’ve noticed a penchant for turquoise myself; in my clothing as well as in home decor. When you are wearing this t-shirt, what do you wear it with?

    • wendy says:

      When my parents moved from NYC to South Floria, their palette changed dramatically (wardrobe and home decor). So I do think that where we live has something to do with it. When I wear that turqouise t-shirt, it’s usually with white jeans. I appreciate and admire your color choices!

  2. Petra says:

    I checked my closet and, excluding exercise clothes and underwear, I have three brightly colored items: a royal blue sleeveless shift dress, a bright red swing jacket, and a turquoise cowl neck sweater, all items I wear in cooler (or downright cold) weather (the dress is of a heavy fabric and gets paired with a long black cardigan). The rest of my wardrobe is almost all black, white, and grey, save for a couple of navy, brown, and tan items. I have Parisian closets (read: small) and the minimal color palette works well with that.

    I did, howver, put in a bright butter-yellow accent wall in my kitchen when I had it renovated and I display a red KitchenAid and a red food processor on the (black) counters.

  3. Claire says:

    I am trying to add more color and patterns to my wardrobe. I was a trial attorney for a few years and built up a wardrobe of mostly plain suits. Now I feel more freedom to dress more colorfully. I think even if I went back to a courtroom I’d be more colorful. The advantages of age and experience 🙂 The main reason I don’t have more colors now is I don’t like shopping and I’m very picky about fabric and fit (and my town doesn’t have the best shopping options).

  4. Liz says:

    I have a red sequined holiday cocktail dress that I’ve worn twice. I looooove it! Always looking for an opportunity to rock that dress! They’re rare, because my lifestyle is not red sequined. 🙂

  5. Liz says:

    Last December at a holiday fundraising gala. Typically, I wouldn’t actually attend, I’d just give money. But with the dress, I felt confident in going!

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