You know that piece of advice about how, if you find a piece you love that that fits you exactly right, you should buy it in more than one color? Yeah, that advice has never worked for me. Not once. My theory as to why: just because an item looks fantastic on you in, say, navy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work the same magic in red.
And yet: today I had a breakfast meeting not far from the lower Fifth Avenue shopping drag, rendering a drop-in at J. Crew pretty much inevitable. And after discovering that the fit was right on these capris, I tried them on in almost every color.
The black I rejected because they seemed like they’d be perfect for the office, and I don’t go to an office. The dark khaki was nice, but it reminded me of the color of my brother’s private school uniform when we were kids, and—for reasons I can only speculate on— that bothered me. The aqua—on me, at least—seemed neither here nor there. And it’s far too late in the game for me to figure out how to work a pair of yellow pants into my wardrobe.
I did, however, boldly and without reservation go straight for the fuchsia pair you see here. As well as the color they call soft fuchsia—which is very subdued, a light, light pinkish cream. And I do think I’ll make both work, precisely because they are so drastically different, and the roles they’ll play in my wardrobe are so divergent. If that makes sense.