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When I was a child I remember my mother and grandmother being quite strict about colour rules.
You can't wear red and pink together because they clash. I think this applied to orange too (so no orange and red or orange and pink either)
Blue and green must never be seen.
Navy blue and black - no.
No to red and white together because it was too hospital-y. This even applied to a bunch of flowers someone once mistakenly bought my grandmother.
I don't think blue and brown was allowed either.
Do these rules still exist? Did they ever exist or were they a construct of my batty relatives? My mother still gasps when my young daughter wears an orange and pink skirt with red tights and a purple top .
There is a big superstition about red and white flowers - according to those who believe in such things it means a death is imminent. So you should never take red and white flowers to anyone in hospital, apparently. According to my mother. But have just googled and it's obviously a widespread belief.
My rellies had exact same rules and I do admit I still am brainwashed by them!
However after years of never wearing black and navy I had a revelation from Holly willoughby on tv one morning saying (new rule coming up) that it's okay because it's "very French". I have since worn black boots and opaques with casual navy dresses and tunics and believe it works oh la la!!
I do remember that other enfant terrible and genius the late Diana, Princess of Wales wearing a red and pink skirt suit and hat combo to a society wedding and my mother and grandmother chuntering for days about it.
I've remembered another 'rule': Red hat, no draws. It means that red hats are tarty and indicate the wearer is likely to be without undergarments.