Colored Neutrals: Installment Four
Happy day, reader dear!
Eggplant is the bomb. Really. The color AND the food. I love both!
Thirty years ago (or so), I was grocery shopping with our oldest son. (At the time our only.) He sat in the cart with his long legs dangling down the way only little people legs can as I pushed the cart slowly past our options in the produce section. Suddenly, E starts kicking and bouncing in his seat, straining against the seatbelt. Eggyplant! Eggyplant! Mommy! They have eggyplant! Can we have some? Pleeeeeese? Eggyplant! I look at the price. (We were in the beans and rice days.) It was on sale. Yes, pumpkin, we can. We spent the next minute or so looking at various eggplants and selecting a lovely, heavy, richly colored fruit. (Yes, botanically, eggplant is a fruit.) As we put it in the cart… YAY! Thank you, Mommy! Thank you for eggyplant!
As we push away, I almost run into an older woman standing in front of us, mouth agape. Caught staring, she tilts her head sideways and snaps closed her mouth. Then opens it again, How did you do that? What child likes eggplant? I answered, Oh! Breaded, fried, and covered in cheese. Who doesn’t like anything that way?
To this day, a tasty eggplant parm is one of life’s great joys…
Thank you for your patience with that trip down memory lane. Now, back to our month of Colored Neutral adventures. Today I’d like to introduce you to Eggplant. Reader, meet Eggplant. Eggplant, meet my dearest reader. Eggplant shares many traits with our last Colored Neutral, Burgundy. You can find out more about Colored Neutrals, here.
Sigh. I’m sure many will disagree, but eggplant might just be the best color for formalwear. It’s more forgiving than black and less dense and heavy. Eggplant flatters many a skin tone. It has formality without being stuffy and enough life to feel like a party. I bought a deep-purple-bordering-on-eggplant gown (at my favorite local consignment shop) on a lark for a gala last spring. Afterwards, I thought, When am I going to need a long dress? I’ll have it shortened to cocktail length! Two months later we receive a Save the Date card for an evening wedding in February. It would have been perfect…
It’s time to scour Ebay for the same dress and give it another whirl! Speaking of Ebay, writing these Colored Neutrals posts have been pushing my want-to-shop buttoms. This post in particular has me lusting for an eggplant blazer! I have to tell myself, I don’t really NEED one. But… Oh, Ebay…
Leather goods in eggplant are stunning, too! I WANT the boots below. Who am I kidding? I’d take any of these pieces!
You’ll find Eggplant in undertones from warm to cool. Beware: Some warm eggplants can look dirty or faded. Which might be perfect for you look you want. Or not.
Eggplant + Pink
Eggplant + Gold
Eggplant + Green (Avoid gold with these two unless you’re going for the Mardi Gras look! Try pewter instead.)
Eggplant + Acid Green
Eggplant + Jade
Eggplant + Teal
Eggplant + Wedgewood Blue
Eggplant + Light Blue
Eggplant + Rust
An Eggplant by Any Other Name…
Might sound like: Aubergine, Raisin, Plum, Black Plum, or Prune, I never heard Poison as a name for eggplant before, but there you have it. Maybe because an eggplant is a nightshade? And people thought nightshades poisonous?
If you are looking for other fun and interesting names and shades of dark purple, check this out!
How About YOU?
Are you an eggplant lover or loather? Maybe we should separate the color and the food! I’d love to know your thoughts on both or either! Do you have any eggplant wardrobe items? Does eggplant feel like purple to you? Or like a different color completely? Do tell! There’s plenty of room on the interwebs for you… XO
Stylishly and colorfully yours,