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What happened to colour rules?

(23 Posts)
allhailtheaubergine Mon 19-Sep-11 15:01:48

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 shock.

People wear anything they like these days,

rubyrubyruby Mon 19-Sep-11 15:16:42

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allhailtheaubergine Mon 19-Sep-11 15:58:31

But it did exist?

ComradeJing Mon 19-Sep-11 15:59:57

I shudder when I see pink and red together and navy and black.

My grandmother always said, "pink and blue will never do, all the boys will look at you."

Which seemed like a good endorsement to me as a teen grin

ComradeJing Mon 19-Sep-11 16:00:25

It did exist and wasn't just your batty relatives.

ComradeJing Mon 19-Sep-11 16:00:46

(unless my relatives are batty too.)

rubyrubyruby Mon 19-Sep-11 16:01:30

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rubyrubyruby Mon 19-Sep-11 16:04:28

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allhailtheaubergine Mon 19-Sep-11 16:07:36

There are new rules?


Nobody told me.

rubyrubyruby Mon 19-Sep-11 16:12:15

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OtterBjitch Mon 19-Sep-11 16:21:00

You forgot: Pink makes the boys wink. One of my granny's favourites, along with, All in brown, makes men frown.


bigbadbarry Mon 19-Sep-11 16:32:05

My mum won't put red and white flowers together - blood and bandages, she says. (Is a wonder I turned out so sane smile )

Stropperella Mon 19-Sep-11 16:35:54

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.

suzikettles Mon 19-Sep-11 16:39:32

"Red and green should never be seen except on the back of an Irish queen" according to my gran's friend.

And all the wedding ones:
"Marry in black and you'll wish yourself back"
"Marry in red and you'll wish yourself dead".


JeremyVile Mon 19-Sep-11 16:45:18

There is something fundamentally wrong with navy blue and black though, isn't there?

MummyAnnabella Mon 19-Sep-11 21:08:40

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!!

TrillianAstra Mon 19-Sep-11 21:13:07

The rules were made up. Like most "rules" in fashion.

animula Mon 19-Sep-11 21:16:43

The "no pink and red together" rule was shockingly broken by the enfant terrible and genius, Yves Saint Laurent - it was a revolutionary act ...

... fashion is funny, isn't it?

rubyrubyruby Mon 19-Sep-11 21:20:18

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allhailtheaubergine Tue 20-Sep-11 04:02:13

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.

allhailtheaubergine Tue 20-Sep-11 04:22:33

<state of the art quote function>

suzikettles Mon 19-Sep-11 16:39:32
"Red and green should never be seen except on the back of an Irish queen"

</state of the art quote function>

Or an elf?

Nursie999 Tue 20-Sep-11 04:24:29

My mum ysed to say "fur hat: no knickers". And red is a colour only <whispers> prostitutes would wear.
And of course I love red clothes- cue many disapproving looks through my youth.

Awomancalledhorse Tue 20-Sep-11 08:01:51

The only rule my Nan ever told me is 'If you wear beige, you may aswell be dead'. She is disgusted at the trend for nude/camel colours of recent years!

I always thought it was 'pink & green should never be seen'!

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