I have great news for all you fashion loving fans of navy
blue: Navy blue is the new black. Or to be precise, navy blue is
the new gray which (until roughly twenty seconds ago) used to be
the new black.
I'm talking about clothing and the bank account
draining urge to replace color dated apparel with wardrobes
conforming to fashion pundit dictates.
Personally, I'd never succumb to such shady coercion. Dump
perfectly sound clothing just because it's color challenged?
Of course, that's easy for me to say. Until black was
banished, I was stylish despite all my best efforts. A black gown
is the uniform of symphony orchestra musicians -- at least, those
of the female persuasion. And since I'm a starving oboist -- when
I'm not busy being a starving writer or a recovering lawyer -- I was wearing black
back when the only women caught dead in black were musicians and mourners.
With my closetful of concert gowns, I was
saddened by black's untimely demise. But I'm proud to say I took a
strong stand against fashion dictates and I didn't buy a single
stitch of gray. I figured I already have more than enough gray
... if you count my hair.
I have lots of gray streaks ... and a stubborn streak
too. I see red when people tell me what to do, especially when it
entails parting with green. This made me stand tall -- at least, for a
five-footer -- and say "No!" to gray.
I should probably sympathize with women who obediently bought
gray, only to learn it's back to the overdrawing board for their
no-longer-in-the-black bank accounts. Especially the ones who
scanned my first paragraph, skipped the rest, and who are, at this
very moment, scouring boutiques in a desperate quest for navy blue.
They should have kept reading. Had they done so, they'd know
that gray is still "in." At least it was still "in" the last
time I checked. Yes, I admit it -- I made the navy blue
So don't go splurging on a navy blue wardrobe. Gray is still
the new black ... unless enough people skipped my ending, went
shopping, and accidentally launched a new trend.