Hello dear friends! I want to begin this post by asking a question: When you wake up in the morning, do you ever look towards your window for a glimpse of light peeking its way through the cracks of your blinds or curtains? I do. I do it every morning. I open my sleepy eyes, turn my head and peer across my room to see if I can tell whether it will be a day of sunshine or not. For reasons that are quite plain to see, most everyone in life tends to be drawn towards sunny days vs. cloudy or stormy days (unless it’s a terrific thunderstorm). I have noticed too, that as I have grown from girlhood into womanhood, I have learned to appreciate the sunny days so much more than I used to, only because I’ve found my moods to be less than cheerful on the gloomier days. The Lord gave us the sun to bring life and warmth to the earth in the days of creation. He set our world spinning around it in such a way so as to give us times and seasons. As we reel through our solar system, and as we reel through life, I wonder how many times we stop to observe this flaming sphere with a lowered stare, and think with searching minds about the wonders of this earthly life-giving, and time keeping, source.
To keep from waxing overly eloquent about this bright light in the sky, here is one really neat thing I have learned about the sun, days of sunshine, and days of cloudiness, that can actually apply to everyday fashion choices. Of all things!
60s Blouse: Made by Brigi / Sweater: Thrifted / Skirt: Made by Me / Shoes: Thrifted / Earrings: Thrifted
About a year or two ago, I was complimenting a good friend at Church on her beautiful yellow sweater. Her whole ensemble consisted of light grays, white, covered over with the wonderful yellow sweater. Actually, yellow, white, and grey happen to be one of my favorite color combinations. Her response to my compliment was that she learned to wear yellow, or lighter/brighter colors on the days when it it was overcast, or stormy outside, that way she could at least bring a little sunshine to a day that lacked it. I was halted by her brilliance, and thought about it off and on for the rest of the day. I made up my mind to use that clever trick for the next cloudy day.
It was the middle of Winter when this happened, so it didn’t take long for the clouds to gather across our sky once more. I put together a cheerful ensemble of light colors, and as I went about my day, I noted how effective it was to wear cheerful colors when it was so dark and gloomy outside. It put me in a better mood for one thing, and everyone in our family commented how fun and happy my outfit looked. So the experiment was a success, and I have continued to use that trick ever since.
This outfit was one that I just recently put together–to clarify: I had all the components, I just never matched them up with each other. It was the Friday before Resurrection Sunday, the daffodils were in full bloom, and I felt like copying them with the pretty yellows and reds of my blouse and skirt. As you can see, the sun was out as well, and even though I could have worn something less bright, I decided to ignore that notion, and wear this sunshine and daffodil inspired outfit.
There are those who could put a boring scientific theory behind why we like to wear certain colors over others, why some people are drawn to wearing blacks or earthy tones, and why some people are drawn to wearing all the colors of the rainbow. It might be interesting to read, I’ll give you that, but in the end, don’t you think that God blessed us with purposeful eyes to look out upon His marvelous creation, and a desire to copy the library of lines and colors we see right outside our windows? We can’t help but create, even in the little things. But even those little things, like putting together an outfit, were borne out of an inspiration that came from the Great Inspirer. So if we wear black, gray, or browns like the earth; bright fuchsia, red, or cobalt blue like the butterflies, there is something behind each hue silhouette that mimics and points back to the first creation, and then to our Creator Himself. With that in mind, let’s wear our clothes, without fear (Galatians 1:10) in colors that were inspired by the good things that touched our hearts. We have the liberty to do so, and in that liberty we will glorify the Lord.
Do you look for the sun every morning and give thanks for it, even on the rainy days?
Have you ever heard of the bright colors for rainy days trick before?
What colors inspire you most?
Blessings to you all!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer