While in California numerous people were kind enough to inform me that brass "should be left in the 80s." Even before leaving for the Golden State, I'd been caught in countless conversations where brass was blasted as being "gaudy," "flashy," and "terribly out of the date."
But I have a confession to make. I like brass.
In fact, it's in my genes. I have brassy-gold streaks in my hair and rims around my irises. So you can't tell me that brass, green, brown and white don't make a fantastic color combination. I might even take offense if you try.
But my natural coloring isn't all that benefits from the presence of brass. There are dozens of other color schemes that come alive when brass is added, and the second you take brass away and replace it with a "hotter" option - which is currently silver or bronze - the once beautiful scheme becomes lackluster.
We have an entire rainbow of colors to enjoy and mix and match. But the second we start following what's hot and what's not, our rainbow turns into an 8 ct. pack of Crayolas.
Trends are dangerous. They limit your choices. This week you can no longer use brass. Next week it might be purple. A year from now olive may be on the banned list. Before you know it, your only selection may be the currently "fashionable" blue and brown.
And as tempting as that combination is, I'll take my brass and green over it any day - even if people call me flashy.
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