Thoughts of peace, harmony, and hope for our country today.
On a fashion note, and putting all politics aside, this morning I loved seeing incoming First Lady Melania Trump’s dress, shrug, and gloves designed by Ralph Lauren. Classic style in a perfect powder blue – my fave! Her ensemble was definitely a modern spin on Jackie Kennedy’s Inaugural look 56 years ago today.
Of course, no one could ever match Jackie’s original style and elegance. Especially love that she and President Kennedy were coordinated in soft tones on the day he was sworn into office.
I read that while Jackie Kennedy was first lady, she chose pale colors that would look attractive in black-and-white photos and always made an effort to choose slightly unconventional looks so she would stand out in a crowd. One classic example is the signature cloth coat (above) on the bitter cold Inauguration day. Looking back at the pictures, she stood out in a sea of women draped in furs.
I’ve always been drawn to soft blue, as it feels like a color of elegance, comfort, and peace.
According to color psychology experts, here is the 411 on blues:
“Blue is a color that suggests peace. It’s the color of the calm sea and the clear sky, both of which are linked to inner serenity, calm and clarity. Blue is also shown to slow heart rate and breathing, so it can be a good color to aid in meditation or relaxation. It has been proven that different shades of blue can improve concentration, stimulate thinking and provide mental clarity. It also improves productivity. This is a good color for study and work, as it offers relaxation and stimulation at the same time.”
I tried to find a paint color similar to what appears to be a hushed blue of Jackie’s unforgettable Inaugural day outfit, which is actually a beige tone thanks to a tip from a reader, who provided this link to the Kennedy Library & Museum, showing the actual coat. If you’re up for changing a room to a soft blue, Harbor Haze 2136-60 by Benjamin Moore may be one to consider. Elegant and versatile. **Note this is a correction on paint color name from earlier.**
You can never go wrong with blue. I’m claiming 2017 as a year of peace, love, reflection, and goodness for us all. May we all come together with love and unity.
Here’s to new beginnings!