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As much as I love clothing, it’s historically been hard for me to step outside of the black/gray/camel neutral zone. It’s safe and easy and at this point, everything works together. But this past fall, I stepped outside my comfort zone and impulse purchased a super colorful duster cardigan that my partner lovingly referred to as “art teacher chic.” (He’s not wrong. I mean, it’s not Ms. Frizzle cosplay or anything, just a notable departure from my usual style.) I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve never gotten more compliments on a piece of clothing ever. Once, when I was literally mid-sentence about that very fact someone yelled “I love your sweater!” from a moving vehicle.
Maybe it’s the pandemic, maybe it’s the fact that winter is just a sea of blah, but I’ve never been more open to curating a wardrobe dotted with splashy hues. It’s not only fun, there’s also research that suggests color has the power to affect your mood, behavior and even stress levels. And in my own experiment of one, it’s proven to be a real conversation starter. (You know, with the folks who aren’t drive-by complimenting.)
So instead of waiting for the flowers to bloom, why not add a dose of color to your everyday with one of these pieces of colorful clothing I’ve been eyeing for my collection? From the always comfy Rothy’s Driver in a soothing shade of raspberry to my favorite cashmere sweater that’s just $50 bucks, there are plenty of ways to add a pop to your everyday wardrobe.