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Don’t say, “I should wear more color”, just go ahead and wear color!


Color has always been a challenge for me to blend into my wardrobe. For goodness sake, I spent time in art school! I was once an aspiring illustrator and painter. You would think I have a keen eye for color when it comes to my clothing. But I spent A LOT of time buying and wearing black, gray, brown, and navy colored clothes. Like many people, color terrified me. Pulling off magenta tights a couple of years ago would make my hair stand on end. Now, well, I don’t really care much anymore. I learned many tricks from the lovely women (and wonderful friends), Jenny and Julia, over at Retrofit Republic. They reminded me that it’s okay to bold and expressive with my attire.

Here are a few examples of how I work a couple of my colorful pairs of Fluevogs!

My lovely Omegas (from the Terras Family) with Magenta tights to match the piping! FYI, I wore a simple black dress with a wide gray snakeskin belt and jean jacket!

Darling pair of Rosies (from the Hopefuls family) with my mustard jeggings! I wore a black top and fitted leather jacket. The day I wore this outfit, I dropped my partner off at SFO and people would actually stop, turn, and look at my shoes and pants. In a sea of black, gray, brown, and navy, it felt damn good to be the bright one!


Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. In the fall of 2017, she will be a doctoral candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Real Life Magazine, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship.

3 thoughts on “Don’t say, “I should wear more color”, just go ahead and wear color!

  1. Hey D! I’m not sure what’s going on with WordPress, but the formatting on your post seems to be off. Did you do something different when you posted? Please check. Thanks:)

    On to color business… LOVE the idea of color. As I like to say: There’s an app for that! I recently downloaded an app called “Color Pair.” You can photograph your clothing and it matches the color, while letting you know what other colors match. It’s pretty cool. But be careful because it can’t quite handle patterns.

    Yes. Those mustard leggings with the boots ROCK! Remember the Trader Joe’s guy? He totally called out the fabulousness of your outfit!

    • Thanks so much, Generallisma! 😉 Good lookin’ out!! Fixed the formatting. Apparently I have to ensure the “Standard” radio button is checked on the formatting widget. Bam. Fixed.

      As for the idea of color blocking in clothes, I’m just trying to go a little abstract expressionist about my style lately. Next adventure will be patterning. I’m slowly but surely working my way towards wearing more and more patterned clothing (aside from tights). Animal print, here I come!

      AND yes, that TJ’s guy TOTALLY called out the fabulousness of my outfit. 😉 These are the things that happen when you listen to Generalissma.

  2. I’d definitely do a double take if I saw these outfits! Wow color!

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