A splash of color for the soul Melting the blues with orange


The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color — oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples…” Anna Godbersen, The Lux

A dynamic array of oranges, reds and blues greet visitors at the West Edmonton Mall Galaxy entranceway. The colors literally  jump out at you  and invite you to throw your everyday cares away and for the briefest of time become a youngster wrapped up in the excitement and carefree spirit of the moment.

Is it just me or is there a conspiracy afoot between the fashion industry and the medical profession which dictates to our array of talented designers the order that winter time is the chosen time for dark and gloomy color schemes and summer the ideal season for the brightest and most brilliant color schemes the fashion world could possibly devise?

Winter is the ideal time to saturate the clothing isles of all our major malls with colors meant to energize, mesmerize and colorize a world dominated by dark nights and white snowfalls.

This is the time of year when many folks suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and seek some kind of daily buzz to help them not only lift their sagging spirits but also inspire them to get out of bed and enjoy the day.

These folks erroneously seek costly medical and psychiatric advice on how to overcome the debilitating effects of their affliction when they should be forming lobby groups demanding that their merchandisers twist a few arms and get fashion houses to rethink their winter line of uninspiring styles and drab seasonal colors.

It does not make sense to me that clothing in the summer tries to compete with Mother Nature’s brilliance and lively colors. Nature’s unlimited color palate is much more creative and inspiring than the most renown fashion house could possibly devise.

In economic terms would it not make more sense and cents to spend the money many of us are now paying for prescription drugs and expand our personal wardrobes with items that build up our energy levels and excite us to be alive even during the most bleakest of winter days?

Today I went to a nearby mall hoping to find a few colorful polo shirts to help liven my spirits. I walked into a number of popularly advertisers retailers and was told that the bright colors were reserved for spring and summer. The rows of clothing I saw were black and brown and dark depressing shades of purple.

It is unfair and economically depressing that fashion color sense has fallen prey to a type of enforced color phobia that would have kept Sigmund Freud busy for years. 

We are what we wear and at times this could be relaying the wrong message to our winter weary brains.


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14 Comments on A splash of color for the soul Melting the blues with orange

  1. You know, I never looked at that! What a brilliant observation. I suffered a mild form of SAD when I lived in the mid-west…you are so right…bright colors for clothing during winter just might have helped a little!!


  2. I say bright colours all year long. Who’s with me??

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  3. We usually wear bright colours, usually women wear bright saris and other dresses. last year we had been to London and I noticed that people usually wore very sober colours, maybe I am wrong:)) And colours do make a difference. Regards.

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    • I agree with you that many people favor the darker, sober colors. I spoke with a number of people from London and they were apalled that I would even suggest wearing bright colors during the winter season. I guess they had been socialized into believing that dark winter colors help them publicly mourn the death of the summer season. To me wearing the bright colors all year round helps you celebrate the joy and the optimism of life. Thank you for writing.

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  4. What great thoughts about colorful clothing! I seriously never thought about that. I was never shy about wearing white in the fall though. Sometimes it was all I had. I must say that when you mentioned competing with nature in the summer with all the colors, I imagined taking a picture of someone in all white or black next to a garden full of the all the colors of summer flowers. So, this post was definitely inspired because it took my imagination to the next level. Love that!

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    • Fantastic. I think the photo your propose taking would be making a social commentary about manufactured colors competing with Mother Nature’s cornucopia of shades and colors. Thank you for writing. Your words are much appreciated. Enjoy the weekend. 🙂


  5. Couldnt agree more! I had seeing such drab colours, all blacks and greys around in winter!


    • I guess during the winter months the creative fashion minds are kicking back and letting drabness rule the fashion roost. There should be a consumer revolution against such pedestrian ways of thinking. Thank you for your comment.


  6. Thank you for this thumbs up for colour. Such a good call I had to pin it to my Pinterest for others to enlightened (and en-brightened!). I have some bright fairy lights around the living area that twinkle and make me smile. Now I know why! I am enjoying your posts and looking forward to reading more.

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