You Can Carry It Off

It's interesting to see how others react to vivid colours. One day, I was in the café. A business-suited woman came in and sat down. We started chatting. She was an optometrist from Sheffield, here for a day on a conference. She told me, "I love those trousers." They were the purple full-length harem pants made for me by my tailor in Tangier. I replied, "I could get a pair made for you." She said, "You can carry them off; I couldn't."

I've had this reaction many times. Men say it too, but at least half the time, it's from women. Which is odd, because they have a much wider range of clothes that they are able to buy, and a much wider range of clothes that they can wear without being thought unconventional.

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