RDP # 75: BLUE
Middle English: from Old French bleu, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Old English blǣwen ‘blue’ and Old Norse blár ‘dark blue.’
A client of mine who is very fashion conscious came in last week, looked me over, and said, “Blue is your color. You should wear it more often.”
Well, okay. I thanked her, and we got down to business. But the remark stayed with me, because there is such a wide range of blue, and some of it isn’t good for me at all.
My best blues are indigo, midnight, navy, oxford, royal, and Zaffre. Baby blue makes me look pale and tired.
According to the seasonal theory of color and skin tone, I’m a winter. I love it. I can wear true red, black, pure white, emerald green, lemony yellow, almost every shade of pink, and royal purple. I’ve been paying attention to the right colors for me for so many years now that almost everything in my closet goes with everything else in my closet.
And I don’t see a single thing wrong with wearing purple and red together 🙂
When I Am Old.
|When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals,
and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
Or only bread and pickle for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised,
When suddenly I am old
and start to wear purple!