Color is important and Inauguration Day 2021 illustrated in living color how effective it can be to convey a clear and dramatic message. It was a gorgeous color-soaked event. What a thrill it was to see beautiful, accomplished women of many complexions radiating by wearing COLOR. Watching the coverage was like staring in awe at a masterpiece painting. As it played out it seemed as if the individual elements were all in perfect balance with each other.
Early in the morning on Inauguration Day I posted a definition of harmony on social media not knowing that I would soon be seeing it unfold in front of my eyes. Harmony is defined as an orderly and pleasing combination of parts creating a consistent and more pleasing “whole”. I specialize in personal color harmony but know that the same concepts that bring a person in harmony with what they wear are also desirable in creating harmony in all aspects of our lives. When each of us shines in our own unique way, the whole actually unifies and becomes better, enhancing the individual and the whole at the same time.
Each of the key female figures at the Inauguration looked stunning in their color and style choice. The monochromatic scheme was dramatic and effective. The clothing and color suited their roles and reflected their unique personality styles. This brought a balanced and unified look to the “whole”.
Jill Biden’s teal blue suit balanced her lighter, softer coloring and personality. It felt right for her role as the new First Lady. The more muted blue stood in subtle balanced contrast to Kamala Harris’s rich jewel tone blue. This color reflected the strength of Kamala’s personality. She brought additional meaning to her style by continuing the tradition of wearing her signature pearls. This is a ritual for honoring the pioneers who established her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, for women of color.
The President's granddaughters, Finnegan and Natalie Biden chose a soft salmon and a light pink. For women with softer or lighter coloring, a choice in those colors will actually empower them. A bold color would not have enhanced their looks. It would have overpowered them. Both women were able to stand out without wearing strong colors. Michelle Obama was understated but radiant in her deep elegant red. It was a very appropriate choice for a former first lady and a woman with deep tones in her hair, eyes and skin. She appeared to be a calming mentor who showed up without overshadowing “the others” or fading into the background.
The shining star was the exceptionally radiant Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman! Her powerful delivery was perfectly balanced with the bright bold yellow and contrasting red in her outfit. Her stylish overcoat and signature head band added to her shiny accessories and it was impossible to ignore her presence in any way. Our eyes were drawn to look at her while our ears hungered to hear her words. She orchestrated a perfectly choreographed appearance and performance with the polish of an art director. She was her own true masterpiece.
Each of these women illustrated how wearing color and styles with confidence and honoring yourself in your role not only allows you to stand out but creates a pleasing ensemble.
Could we be entering an era where we celebrate, elevate, and honor the power of color? Maybe the world is ready to embrace our individuality and create a more unified, complementary and harmonious “whole”. I can’t wait.
Kerry Jones, Personal Color Analyst
indigotones.com | @indigotones
photo credit: @thehomeedit
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