It was exactly a week before Valentine’s day when phrases beginning and ending with love covered almost every facade and facet. All shades of red spilt over every window display, shop table and cafe till point decking them out with the loudest heart-throbbing speakers screaming Valentine’s day is coming up. The hard to miss reminders follow you everywhere from the tube whiteboard to the shop you weren’t planning on entering. That oversized teddy bear with “be my Valentine’s” inscribed on it did the trick.
The morning brief at work also set off the mood with all things red, pink and hearts written all over it. We were told as long as the attire is smart we could mix up the neutral and mono colours with some pink and or red. I accepted the new option even if it was only for a week.
On the first day of swapping or combining colours, my nerves had gotten the better of me. I stopped myself from reaching for a pair of dark pink chinos and instead pulled out wide-leg trousers in black. I really felt that epic fail, the moment I walked in through the doors at work. Every corner I turned I was surrounded by a sea of red and pink, the majority of my colleagues were in luscious colours. I complimented everyone on their outfit all the while wishing I too had aimed for something blushful.
The following morning I had a complete change of heart. I turned away anything black and reached for my original choice. I arrived at work bright, early and feeling confident, as I blended in with the scarlet, rose, fuchsia and cherry vista. Wearing such a playful colour brought an aura of cheerfulness. I enjoyed the “wearing pink to make everyone wink” humour, the spirit of love was felt. This is a hue I love to carry in the shape of a bag, why not step up that charm.
When it comes to the wardrobe these colours deserve a little more freedom and attention. I’ll be wearing this occasion’s charm on the 15th of February. My draws are now unrecognisable, they’re turning into a trove for jewelled hues, pink trousers here, yellow tops there. Pink adds sweetness while red stirs sophistication to the blushing palette. I’m smitten with the mix.
Cupid aimed his arrow at my cupboard this year and hit his target.