This past Thanksgiving, one of Brian’s cousins told me my third chakra might be a little out of whack. I tended to agree, after I googled what a third chakra was. Apparently, it’s an emotional center, and with a blocked solar plexus (where the chakra is located, think splenic area, between the left and right bottommost ribs) will cause panic, anxiety and worry, and prevents a person from experiencing joy in life. Yeah, my solar plexus was the West Berlin of my body, blocked as all get out, iron-curtain style.
So, I started wearing yellow. The third chakra responds to yellow, clearly it needed some nourishment. Never a color I was ever partial to, given that it’s well, a color, and I generally don’t wear anything outside jeans and a white shirt every day, it was certainly an adjustment. But as my collection of yellow items of clothing widens, so does my appreciation for warmer hues. This was my very first investment as a person who wears yellow:
Saffron cashmere/silk blend by Betsey Johnson, $50, Filene’s Basement.
This is my favorite Yellow Thing. The color is so saturated, and the fabric is so soft, that I can’t help but bury my face in it every time I open my closet door. I bought the yellow scarf because it would hang particularly close to the third chakra area, although, I think it’s more the thought that counts with these matters of spirit. Plus, cashmere is like catnip to me, I get hyperactive just being around it. The Gap has a similar one right now in a slightly lighter-weight fabric:
Cotton/Silk/Viscose blend scarf, $34.50, Gap stores. Also featured at MightyGoods, whiiiiich makes me feel borderline cool (yet somehow entirely nerdy).
I’m working this one into my wardrobe a little more slowly than the Betsey scarf, what with the upholstery-style tassels presenting a fashion risk I have as of yet to successfully navigate (you guys probably knew I was bland, but the fact I am a little afraid of tassels that small may reveal more about my fashion sense than I wish to make public…)
Neon yellow hoodie, $12.99, Old Navy
It’s perfect if you want to add a little color to the most boring black rain jacket on earth, which is exactly what I use it for. Otherwise, it’s kind of an obnoxious yellow.
I love yellow now. I’n not equal-opportunity, I tend to stay away from lighter yellows, or greenish yellows, and stick to mustards and orangey yellows. Orange was another color that was totally off-limits, too bright for my grayish palate. But, these are a totally acceptable accessory in that otherwise risky color:
Jayden Driving Moc in Orange Lily, currently $59.99 at Banana Republic stores.
I love a good driving moc. I have them in pewter too. I thew them in because yellow is the gateway drug to orange, and now I have two orange dresses, an orange shirt or two and those shoes. Girlfriend is branching out, y’all.