Well, my dears, SUMMER BLACK-OUT 2010 officially ended yesterday. Although many amazing women joined me for a week of blacking-out back in June, I myself have been black-free since May 24. That’s a long time, if I do say so myself! Here’s a recap of the rules I followed:
- Black shoes, accessories, and jewelry were fine.
- Workout/gym duds got a pass.
- Black could be IN patterns but could not be the BACKGROUND of a pattern.
I’m a color lover throughout the year, but summer is when I most enjoy dressing like a paint store after an explosion. So although I had one or two twinges, this challenge was hardly a challenge at all. Here are some of my favorite BLACK-OUT ensembles:
- I am not afraid to pair color with color. There are plenty of non-black neutrals mixed in here, too, but working to be as colorful as possible is fun for me, not frightening.
- I have loads of colorful shoes. I adore wearing color on my feet, and think that my arsenal of rainbow-hued pairs helped a TON.
- I don’t own a ton of summer-appropriate black clothing. I just don’t! Most of my black pieces are for fall and winter. And those get loads of wear.
- My summer alter-ego is a cowgirl. Cowgirls skew brown and khaki when it comes to neutrals. At least, my faux-cowgirl alter-ego does …
I’ve been trying to come up with some moral-of-this-challenge, what-I-learned kind of stuff to wrap up, but I honestly can’t think of a thing. I loved color at the start, still do. Maybe what I learned is that I should set harder challenges for myself!
I considered a mini-challenge, posed by several readers, of wearing nothing but black for a week. I even came up with an awesome name for it: BACK IN BLACK: THE BLACK-LASH! But I’ve gotta tell ya, friends, I just want some no-rules, no-challenges dressing for a while.
I’ve had loads of you gorgeous folks tell me that you’ve found the BLACK-OUT inspirational, and challenged yourselves to play more with color all summer long. Tell me what YOU’VE learned. Do you feel more adept at pairing color with color? Do you feel less dependent on black? Did you lean hard on other neutrals? What discoveries did you make about your patterns of dressing?
And if you didn’t participate, did you find this challenge interesting to observe?