If you've hung out here a while, you know I'm not really about rules. That's in stark contrast to Michael, who grew up in a strict military family. Which is not to say that Michael doesn't break rules -- he certainly does -- just that it's always more of a struggle for him.
About twenty-five years ago (yes, twenty-five) Michael's mother hired a Color Me Beautiful consultant to "do" the colors for the entire family. (What Tupperware was to the Sixties, CMB was to the Eighties, I'd argue.) And to this day, his parents and sisters adhere to it like fundamentalists to scripture. Whenever Michael goes clothes shopping, he carries around his checkbook-sized vinyl-covered personalized color sample book. And to make matters worse, he wants me to take it with me when I buy fabric for him! Me being me, I resist, though by now I basically have it memorized.
You might be wondering if Michael's family looks any better than anyone else's as a result. I'm not even going there.
I picked up two yards of this lovely linen border print (I actually didn't realize it was a border print until I got it home). It's wonderfully soft and drapey, especially after laundering. It cost $5.99/yd for a 60" bolt.
Fortunately for me, it matches "his" turquoise perfectly, and the olive green is "his" as well. (Oye vey.)
Michael wants a regular button-down men's shirt, so I'll probably use my TNT vintage pattern, Butterick 4712, or maybe not, we'll see. This will be a short-sleeve shirt, so there might be enough for some drawstring shorts for me too!
I'm happy to be taking on what should be a fun and easy project and to his credit, Michael actually wears what I sew for him a lot more than I wear what I sew for myself, and since he always gets compliments, it's very gratifying.
Friends, what's your take on Color Me Beautiful? When I asked him how his colors could possibly be the same after twenty-five years and a complete change of hair color (from dark brown to practically white), Michael claimed that your colors stay the same throughout your life. Do you think this is true? Doesn't a person's skin tone ever change and wouldn't this affect what colors flatter you?
In closing, how do you decide which colors work best for you, and if you're wearing something that isn't ideal, can't you just change your lipstick or eyeshadow to make it work? (Or bronzer?)
Color Me Beautiful -- friend or foe?