I smiled when I saw this fab ‘first day at school’ outfit over at Let’s Go Fly a Kite the other day. This lovely, very individual choice made me think of our boys and their choices. Danny loves his clothes and would wear his ‘bright clothes’ every day, given the chance (I have to wash them now and then). Here he is in his favourite outfit – red track pants and an orange sweatshirt.
His slightly eccentric outfit got me thinking of our own colour choices, and reminded me of these amazing photographs taken as part of The Pink and Blue Project by the artist JeongMee Yoon.
Terrifying aren’t they… Ironically, I have seen these photographs used as examples of cool kids’ rooms on websites about interior decor…
I get very frustrated at how hard it is to find clothes for boys that aren’t blue, or brown, or (absolutely the worst of all) camouflage colours (I’ll not get started on the hideous choices available when they were babies). I love bold, bright colours for children, but confess to struggling when Danny decided to put red and orange together, a little worried about what other kids might say or think. But that doesn’t concern Daniel, and I’m really proud of him for doing things his own way.
The use of colour in our lives is so restricted by rules and convention – and it’s hard to work out how much the colour choices we make are influenced by our own taste, the culture we grew up with, and the advertising and branding we’re surrounded by. But what worries me is that branding and marketing are making it so hard for kids to form their own opinions, go against the grain, and be accepted for who they are, not for what they’re wearing.