Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston

Outfit Details:

BLANKNYC faux leather jacket, Velvet Heart blouse (close to this one), Zara Skirt (something similar here in a lighter shade of blue), Zara flatforms (this floral pair is also cool), Handmade tassel earrings (similar to this pair, also worn here), Vintage belt (which I had with me at London Fashion Week)

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will never tire of color. It says something both consciously and subconsciously. I am fascinated by the thought process and physiology that goes on behind certain colors and their interactions with other hues, both ones that are considered “complimentary” and those that are not. Aside from red, no other color has intrigued me more than blue and what I consider its natural counterpart: green. Have you heard that awful expression, “blue and green should never be seen?” I can’t imagine the person who first said this. They were probably colorblind. I have a few theories about why wearing blue and green is special.

First and foremost, look at creation. Is there anything more majestic than an expanse of green –whether a rolling valley, great expanse of forest, or high plateau – perfectly mirrored in an interminable blue sky? Dramatist, poet, and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, Pedro Calderon de la Barca said, “Green is the prime color of the world, and that which its loveliness arises.” And what deep thinker, whether famous of not, has not contemplated the mesmerizing blue heavens or the endless azure ocean. There are no colors more prominent in nature than blue and green. Unless you feel that the sky would be better off purple, grass orange, and trees pink, then I think you would be very hard pressed to deny that blue and green look amazing in the world around us. So take your cue from the landscape…

  Look at one of the prettiest birds, the peacock – so handsome and wearing blue and green in perfect harmony. In Christianity and mythology, peacocks symbolize many things including protection, watchfulness, patience, kindness, and luck. Unfortunately peacocks have also become associated with vanity but it is time to rewrite this unfortunate legacy. The next time you don the jewel tones of the peacock practice patience or do a random act of kindness. Ok, this is a total side note, but it made me laugh…technically only male birds are called “peacocks.” Females are “peahens” and the babies are called “peachicks.” Cute! 

Wearing blue and green together can have an instant effect on your mood and productivity. Think about it: blue, the color of ocean and sky, is a constant in our everyday lives and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Now couple blue with green, a friendly color which researchers have found can spark the imagination and make us more inventive. So there! The next time you wear blue and green who knows what you will come up with!

Now if you decide to wear a bold shade of blue, the hue becomes dynamic. That is the perfect foil for a fresh shade of emerald – a lucky color symbolized by the shamrock and the color of the heavens in the Ming Dynasty.

Most of the time when you hear about color theory, you are traditionally told that you should wear colors on opposite sides of the color spectrum. So for blue that would be orange and for green it would be red. While those combinations are certainly striking, there is another kind of paring that is just as exciting: that is coupling analogous colors. Analogous colors are those that are next to each other on the color wheel. And what two colors are cozied up right besides one another? Blue and green of course.

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