Redheads can’t wear pink, and other myths
I’ve been wanting a pink winter coat now since… well, since last winter, basically. You know, when everyone and their aunt had a pink winter coat, and you couldn’t walk down the street without feeling like part of some strange kind of Pink Coat Army? (Note: there should BE a Pink Coat Army, shouldn’t there? It could be their job to rid the world of boring coats! It would make the world a better place!)
I didn’t buy one, though. No, I prefer to wait until a trend is well and truly over before I hop on the bandwagon, so I can look like I’m tragically late to the party. (See also: that time when I was a teenager, and everyone had red Kickers, and I really, really wanted red Kickers (because I totally DID follow trends back then. Or I tried to, anyway…), but my parents wouldn’t buy me them until they went on sale, and all that was left was the ugly BROWN Kickers, which my parents said were “so different!”, and everyone at school said were, “SO LAST YEAR, AMBER, D’UH.”) No, I jest: as I’ve said before being “bang on trend” isn’t ever a factor for me, and nor do I deliberately avoid trends either, as part of some kind of reverse snobbery/hipster type thing. No, the real reason I didn’t buy a pink winter coat last year was simply that I got all caught up in the whole “redheads shouldn’t wear pink” thing.
I grew up keenly aware of all of the things my hair colour was going to prevent me from doing/wearing. Redheads can’t wear pink, I’d hear. Redheads shouldn’t wear red. Redheads shouldn’t procreate, otherwise there will be MOAR redheads, and what is the world coming to, I ask you?
As a child, I blindly accepted all of this, and obediently added “wearing pink” to the list of Things Other People Can Do Which I Can’t. (No, seriously, there is an actual list. I will blog about it sometime…) I even went through a stage in which I was very anti-pink, in a stupid kind of “WELL, I DIDN’T WANT TO WEAR PINK ANYWAY, SO THERE!” kind of thing. Kids, huh?
As an adult, however, I eventually started to question The Redhead Rules, and to experiment with colour. I’m not saying I now just wear anything and everything, but what I discovered is that there actually aren’t many – if ANY – colours that redheads absolutely CANNOT wear. It’s not like there’s only one shade of red hair, after all, or one skin tone that all redheads share, so what works for one redhead might not work for another, and vice-versa. You know, just like with every other hair colour out there? (Breaking news: People With Red Hair Found To Be No Different From Anyone Else)
As for myself, it’s true that there are some shades I avoid altogether, but these days pink isn’t one of them: in fact, it’s become something of a favourite. I love the softness of the colour, and although it can – and does – clash with my hair, occasionally, the fact that it doesn’t leech all colour from my skin, the way darker shades can, makes me willing to compromise on it.
Which brings me to this Boden coat. I’ve loved this coat since it was released: I’ve featured it a few times now over at ShoeperWoman, and when it turned up on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago, I was so excited I might have squealed.
“It’s the Boden Eliza coat!” I shouted down the stairs to Terry, who was working on the kitchen at the time. “THE pink coat! The One Coat to Rule Them All!”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Terry yelled back. “But that’s great, whatever!”
As you can probably tell, these photos were taken in a bit of rush: the sun was just about to go down, and without my sunglasses, I couldn’t keep my eyes open for more than a few seconds at time, so it ended up being a bit of a Bad Face Day, too. (“You have your eyes closed in about 90% of these,” said Terry in disgust, as we got back into the car. And he was right. Now you know why I always wear sunglasses…) I’ll take some more soon, though: or as soon as the weather permits, anyway…