Tuesday, June 08, 2010

When the Rainbow Isn't Enough


At a coffee shop the other day, I met a lady dressed--head to toe--in yellow and orange. From her feet to her ears, she matched and coordinated: yellow and orange caftan, orange earrings/necklace, yellow bracelets and watch, amber rings, orange shoes, orange and yellow purse. She seemed to be 80 or so, and the vibrant colors washed out her pale skin and hair. She looked like she was wearing a "costume" instead of an "outfit."

She saw me observing her, so I smiled and said, "You have such an eye for accessories."

Thrilled, she explained that she saves time by choosing a color theme for each week. On Sunday morning, she enters her walk-in closet, which is organized by color and laid out like a rainbow, and picks the week's theme. Then she selects her accessories for the week and the week's first outfit. For the next six days, all she has to do is choose an outfit from the right section of her rainbow--she wears the same accessories until she "resets" the following Sunday.

I wanted to hear more. Not just how she does this, but why. What is the story of an 80-year-old woman who can't go outside her bedroom without perfectly matched jewelry, shoes and purse? What chaos is she holding back with her rainbow? Does she see herself or only all the colored plastic?

She was meeting a friend, who arrived while we were talking. Otherwise, I might still be sitting there, asking her questions.

Photo: Photo-Fenix.com

5 comments:

Deb Shucka said...

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be reading your astute observations of other people again. Still laughing at your opening comment about her accessories. This was so much fun to read.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Is her name Impossibly Red?

Amber said...

Wow! I wish you had a picture.

I have to say that my closet is organized by color... Whut?! It looks best. LOL

:)

luckyzmom said...

I am so anxious about what I wear when I go out, even to the mailbox. I can see where it could be that I am trying to hide the chaos within me.

Tzeitel (Stacy) said...

one can never have too many accessories- wait- was her friend accessorized too?