When I was young, my mom bought me very colorful clothes- electric blue tights, pink dresses, green hats, etc. She, of course, always wore black. But I flaunted my colors, and no one was more colorful.
Since then, I have kept my colorful dress code. I have more socks and tights than shirts, more brightly colored pants than jeans and a colorful array of hats that I love looking at but never wear due to my tendency toward hat hair.
Yesterday, while I was skating, a teacher came up to me and complimented me on my leg warmers (rainbow colored hand knit Bolivian ankle warmers that barely serve their purpose but offset my black yoga skating pants). She said that she was quite happy that I had kept them over the years and that I had not replaced them with a more toned down version.
I have not. Nor have I replaced my heart decorated bright pink tights or my multishade rainbow tights. Are they all hideous? Yes, absolutely.
But by wearing a ton of colors even if under pants and hidden from view, I feel very independent. Here I am, not conforming to the t-shirt and jeans dress code.
At the same time though, my tights and my clothes in general come under a lot of scrutiny. It seems that once you wear multicolored tights every day, people have the right to constantly criticize my dress code.
But at least I am being criticized for some funky clothing and not for anything else.