Reluctantly, I am abandoning the current fashion trend of favoring all-white or predominately white in shoes and some accessories and clothing. White has the advantage of being friendly to many colors. But it has limitations which come out all too loudly with cameras, mirrors, windows, and weather.
From my Dutch-raised grandmother, I can recall hearing about the classic fashion rule of emphasizing white-colored casual and dress wear between Memorial and Labor Days. But I also can remember her explaining her successful crocheting, knitting, and sewing for family members. My grandmother shared her lifelong willingness to adjust or break fashion statements, both traditional and trendy, which can work at the moment or in general but which have individual exceptions and limitations.
The color white corners the market, what with baptisms, confirmations, and marriages. It is the traditional color of mourning in some African, Asian and European cultures. It regularly tends to be promoted as a fashion season’s color.
White appears to be dominating fashion year 2013. What with spring and summer, all-white footwear can be found in fashion house releases, mail order catalogues, and store window displays. It cannot be too surprising that white maintains classic niches during clement weather. But fashionable white continues into fall and winter 2013.
It nevertheless can be great fun to break with traditional white accessories, clothing and shoes, June through August. That is exactly what I am doing today. Budgets, image, time, and weather all have roles to play in this decision.
Additional expenses and work are no fun during nice weather. They become downright unpopular during weather which is supposed to be pleasant, but is actually not. It in fact is weather which makes me confront my self-image and decide that white is not good for self-esteem, not now or the rest of 2013.
It all begins with the feet. All-white moccasins, pumps, sandals, and sneakers convey crisp brightness, except during spring and summer storms. Each cloudy, windy outburst drenches, soils and stains my footwear as well as my socks, slacks, purses, and longer coats, dresses, and skirts.
Do I regret letting go of white shoes and some accessories and clothes? No, white gives my feet bigger, wider looks. Also, my budget is not being blown by buying stain-removers and replacing weather-damaged items. Besides, all-white earrings and tops still retain their places alongside my replacement colors of anything current that is not white!