Wearing bright colours
I LOVE bright colours — reds, pinks, orange, blues.
So I was surprised to find that not all Christian women believe that we should wear bright colours. Why, because some think it draws to much attention to ourselves and makes us noticed in a crowd. We should be only remembered for our smile and kindness and not the colour of our clothes.
I struggle with this — I don't wear red to be noticed or to draw attention to myself — I wear red because it is a happy colour and it makes others happy. Many people will compliment me when I wear red and tell me that it brightens up their day. I wore a hot pink (modest) skirt to work the other day and everyone loved it— because it was alive and joyful.
Too many people wear black, particularly in winter — I wear black, but always mix it with something bright. We live in a dark world, we need colour to brighten it up, to cheer others up, to bring joy — this is why I wear colour. It has nothing to do with attention-seeking at all.
Colour lifts our mood and that is good for our health and well being. However, not everyone loves bright colours and much prefer to wear dark or muted colours and not be noticed. If you are one of those people but would love to wear bright colours, here are a few tips:
* Go shopping and find one or two things (tops are best) that are bright and will go with the skirts or pants you already own. A bright top always goes well with a black skirt.
* Wear the new clothes around the house just your family or while you're alone. You may feel self-conscious, but the feeling will pass once you begin to get used to it.
* Wear it in public under a jacket, cardigan or a vest. You will feel a little self-conscious at first, but if you wear a comfortable darker coloured jacket over it so that only some of it is visible you can still cling to your darker wardrobe and slowly transition. After a while, slowly expose more of your bright clothing in public, no more than you're comfortable with but build up slowly.
* If you are really nervous, try adding bright scarves to your darker clothes.
* Lose the jacket and go out wearing your bright clothes fully exposed once you're comfortable.
* Enjoy your new found freedom of having broken out of your shell of dark colours!
It may take some time to wear hot pink or a red dress, but do try to swap the muted colours for bright colours from time to time and I am sure you will find joy in the brighter colours.
Bright colours will brighten up your day. They aren't about making other people notice you, its about making others and yourself happy with something cheery and pretty.
For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. (Proverbs 31: 21-22)