Voilà, another one of my favourite summer outfits. Why? Well, for many reasons really.
- I love the flowery pattern because I associate flowers with summer.
- I am a dress lover as you know. (see also: Vive les volants!)
- As a little girl I already liked pink and as a small woman I still do.
- I like a touch of Dutch now and then.
For me, the colour orange is associated with Holland. I think even more so now I’ve lived abroad for quite some years. It’s the colour of the Dutch royals and Dutch sports teams wear orange in international competitions. According to colour psychology the colour orange relates to social communication, stimulating two way conversations. It is a warm and inviting colour and it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking! That sounds good, doesn’t it? As a foreign language teacher that’s what you want your pupils to do: think and talk. It’s also a very positive colour. It radiates warmth and happiness.
I absolutely like the bright orange flowers in this dress combined with the bold pink ones.
Pink is a colour mostly associated with girls. Did you know that this was absolutely reverse a century ago? In June 1918, the following was printed in an American women’s magazine, the Ladies’ Home Journal:
“There has been a great diversity of debate on the subject, but the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”
So, by choosing this bright and bold flowery dress for personal reasons, like the orange touch of Dutch and my love for the ‘girly’ colour pink, I am actually wearing a dress with powerful and positive colours; a good combination for a teacher, don’t you agree?
Dress: H&M, Shoes: Clarys
PS: I’ve found the information about the meaning of the colour orange here: