Friday, 14 April 2017

be bright, be bold

Oh hey there biology revision sneaking into these photos, the ever present reminder that I should probably be revising instead of writing this blog post. Breaks are necessary right? As I tell myself after the past week I have spent doing nothing but relaxing... There are some posts in the works regarding Fashion Revolution week at the end of this month that I’m super excited to share with you all but of course in May blogging will have to take a backseat (not sure how much of one yet but we shall see).

I’m coming at you today to talk about the newest addition to my wardrobe, shock horror... colourful clothing. Up until last year my wardrobe spanned around four colours; the blackest black you could find, an assortment of grey, bright white and possibly some blue in there as well. I could’ve been the advertiser for The White Company because I seriously just bought different variations of the same thing. It wasn’t the most sustainable way of looking at my wardrobe, nor was it the most expressive. Regardless of my mood or how I was feeling, my clothes could not express that but instead were just something to wear. What does colour represent in today's fashion industry?


Fashion is such an expressive way to show our personality, mood, vision and in recent years that hasn’t changed. Fashion has become increasingly political. An article featured in the Guardian last month discussed how pink, the most controversial colour in the fashion industry, is making a resurgence. Except now, the colour is not defined by gender but how it is worn. Is it making a bold statement? Or is it a subtle accent to an outfit? The article mentions that ‘gender fluidity is about challenging what gender means, and nothing brings gender into the fashion conversation faster than the colour pink.’ Reinventing the colour into something brand new, something for everyone. Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Gucci and Burberry all featured pink numbers in their recent shows - gender fluidity isn’t anything new but just one colour can be the spark of a unity between genders. Perhaps, the colour and the way it is being interwoven into both men and women’s clothing is a representation of feminism itself.


Once a controversial and very taboo subject, now it is one that is widespread, talked about on a daily basis (in particular in the UK) and much like the colour pink it has become a ‘trend’. Although I hope this trend is not disposable because it isn’t just a statement and I don’t think that pink featuring on catwalks or in high-street stores is either. The colour and the clothes made in pink maybe, but it is more than just a shade of pink that is worn - it’s making a statement that should be heard.


The newest addition to my wardrobe comes in the form of this Depop number, a *squeals* burberry orange top that I have basically not taken off since it arrived. The only issue with the top is that it isn’t great in warm conditions (I’m talking about sweating here) but that’s beside the point, it is one kool t-shirt that can be styled in so many ways. Colour is ubiquitous in my wardrobe now and when looking for a new piece of clothing I always find myself gravitating towards a piece with a tinge of colour - crazy but I find I wear them a lot more. The range of outfits that can be invented from just one item of clothing increases it's longevity and life in use, you're more likely to hold onto it because wait: what if you might wear it one day? A garment with colour can be more sustainable thank you think because of unique it is, without being a one off piece.


It’s easier to experiment and create new outfits because a yellow t-shirt can instantly brighten up a once dull outfit. Yes it may be a ‘trendy’ colour right now but I didn’t buy the top when it was considered a trend and I don’t think I would do now. A new obsession of mine has been yellow nail varnish as well, seriously loving how summery it feels when I wear it (even if it is a gentle reminder that I have got to get through exam season first). Wearing what you love is the most important thing, tying myself down to trends and following huge ‘fast-fashion’ brands stopped the love for clothes for me. One day I was wearing a bomber jacket and I look around and so were 50 other people. I was no longer an individual but instead a copy of a high-street mannequin.


There are so many connotations that can be inciphered from the colours of the clothes that we wear so perhaps it is better to be a little understated. Just one colour can spark a movement and can cause controversy throughout history and I think it is interesting to explore and understand how colour in our wardrobe can be used to make a political statement but also for our own personal expression.

Do you love colour as much as I do? Let me know and share your thoughts in the comments.
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  1. I don't think I've ever read a post on this topic, but it was super interesting! I find it very satisfying to wear an all pink outfit and then have an intellectual conversation with someone.

    Edie x
    thelifeofedie.com

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    1. Thank you Edie! I would love to own an all pink outfit, the conversations that would arise from that would be so interesting x

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  2. I'm loving a pop of colour at the moment, especially pink as you say - but I do love this orange, suits you a lot!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Thank you so much! I don't think it'll be the last time that this top features on my blog :) x

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  3. I love this outfit and this post, really nice and unique! Xx

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  4. I always avoid colour but I'm going definitely going to try and change that this summer. Lovely post xx
    www.basicallyalice.blogspot.co.uk

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