When I am old… I shall wear purple.

If you have never read this poem, please stop what you are doing and take the time to read it, now!

Warning – When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

By Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
and run my stick along the public railings
and make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
and pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
and learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
and eat three pounds of sausages at a go
or only bread and pickles for a week
and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
and pay our rent and not swear in the street
and set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple!

Ok, so now you have read it! What do you think? Wait until you are old to wear purple? I think not, at least not this Spring!
Open a fashion magazine, walk into a dept store from K-Mart to Neiman Marcus, what do we see…PURPLE! And green and fushia and yellow and orange and colbalt! What we also see is mixed prints and bold florals…so maybe the fashion powers that be are telling us something…do NOT wait until you are old, go for it! NOW .

The beauty of this season, even with all its wacky runways trying to get us to mix prints , (maybe we are too old for that, let’s leave the silly to the young) is that we can do it our way!  They have served us up the framework for the Spring season…black and white, so start practicing, add your favorite color, be adventurous, be bold, be daring,  but most of all BE YOU!

Happy Spring !