A couple of months ago, I wrote down a quote that supposedly came from Wallis Simpson: “Choose a rainbow, not a uniform.” It seemed very appropriate because, at the time, I was admiring these cheerful Swedish Hasbeen boots.
Now there are Swedish Hasbeen boots that are even more rainbow-y.
I felt like the rainbow quote was the perfect antidote to “capsule wardrobes” and other ultra-controlled and, in my opinion, pleasure-denying clothing ideologies. I wanted to check the quote’s authenticity, but can’t find any evidence online that Wallis actually said that. I still love it. To me, sobbing rainbow ecstasy seems a lot more fun than self-denial.
Rest assured that even if I’m wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, there is a rainbow in my heart!
UPDATED TO ADD: If anyone is daring enough to taste the shoe rainbow, the boots are on Amazon at a discount. They only come in full sizes, of course, and I’m a 6.5!
UPDATED AGAIN TO ADD: This vintage Jean Varon dress is a rainbow with MAY-JAH sleeve action. (It was sold before I saw it. Otherwise I might have been tempted!) I feel like a recent designer did something very like this. Was it McQueen?