A few days ago,I almost signed up for college.It was involuntarily,but with good intentions.In the end,it didn’t happen and long story short yesterday I came across something that reinforced (one of ) my reasons for why I am not in a college/university in the first place and instead chose to study fashion on my own: I prefer the freedom of my own mind without being suffocated by a set of rules that-while having been successful so far-could use some fresh air.
This little something that I came across is titled,”101 Things I learned in Fashion School”.This book ,from the 101 Things I learned book series by Matthew Frederick ,features Alfredo Cabrera a fashion designer,teacher,and illustrator who served as a critic at Parsons The New School for Design,plus many others fashion schools and as the title entails,it gives you a summary of 101 important lessons learned in fashion school.It was lesson 52 that caught my attention;pretty much it tells you that a collection in primary or secondary colours will have limited customers because people are more willing to buy items in shades of black,navy,grey,and earth tones etc…because these are the palettes they would wear more frequently.
Of course,I questioned this immediately out of stubbornness and because I would rather chance having an unsuccessful collection then not create something I love simply because someone told me I would only have two buyers. Wouldn’t you? Ah,but then I had to use myself as an example of this mental argument I created,and I thought about how often my hand skims right over my multicoloured primary tank dress (dubbed: the Gullah Gullah island dress by my sister) and grabs up my black leggings and grey/black striped hoodie. My go-to.Well,my favorite colour is grey,excuses.excuses.excuses.My real reason is that I think that if I wear that bright dress two times within one weeks someones bound to notice,I’ll stand out too much,but no ones going to notice if I wear this same pair of leggings four or five times in a row.It’s neutral,for all they know I could have 50 pairs versus my reality of 2.
Sad fact.My guess is that I am not the only one,but I won’t go off of guesses.I want to know.I want you to tell me,is this the truth for you also?Do you find yourself reaching pass the bold red and across the vibrant purple for your staple blacks and grey,white or navy? Is it just because you love to wear these colours? Or is it because you hate to stand out on a day to day basis,or some other hidden reason?
*All photos from madewell.com//edited by yours truly.