A Brave Color Red

January 24, 2017


Vintage dress
VEDA leather vest
Salvatore Ferragamo purse
Zara shoes

The color red. It can go either way. Or actually, it can go any way you want it to go. It all depends on how you interpret it, or what sort of nostalgic memories it conjures up inside of you. Maybe it’s a color you put on more around this time of the year because Chinese New Year is quickly approaching (how many Chinese readers do I really have?!). Now that I think about it, I really am starting to crave some sweet red bean buns and dollar bills tucked into a little red and gold trimmed packet. I cant help it, I’m half Chinese. I grew up with it, even though it seemed like a very small part of my very American upbringing in the suburbs of California. But now back to red . . . 

Red can be tainted like the Scarlet Letter. Red can be super sexy. It can be romantic and sweet. It can be devilish and dark. It can be fiery feeling and bold. Red can be pain. Red may be one of the most multi-faceted colors there is. It’s found in just about a little bit of everything it seems. It’s interesting the feeling I get when I wear red. I’m drawn to it so much, when I see someone else wearing it, or when it’s hidden in a painting . . . it jumps out at me loud and clear. Even a stop sign to me is alluring in a way. It’s hard to keep my eye from looking away. When I actually wear the color red though, I’m a bit doubtful in a way that is rare for me. Even though I have been endlessly told that red is “my color.” Some say it’s because of the way it sits against my complexion and my dark hair. But for some reason, I can’t help but feel a bit out of my element sort of speak when I wear it more often than not. I know super weird, right?! Do any of you guys experience this? And look at me hear, basically rocking the color from head to toe in direct sunlight, pulled between both loving and hating its boldness that I decided to take on the morning of. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to wearing calm, earthy colors, and red is a sharp turn from that. But really if you think about it . . . it’s earthy AF. I mean, fire is an element. Blood is from our bodies. Ok, I’ve been watching way too many episodes of American Horror Story Hotel, sorry. haha. But I guess what I’m saying is that I find myself wanting to experiment more with the color red, and find a way to wear it that feels more balanced for me. But I also guess that I’ll continue figuring out what that even means in the first place. In the meantime, this all red look shot in Chinatown, Los Angeles goes up right on time the week before Chinese New Year. And I wish you all good prosperity and fortune in this new year. hehe.


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