We Can Work It Out

And we should work it out.  I don't care how mild or how severe your CP is we Palsies deserve to look as good as anybody else.

The way you dress reflects how you feel about yourself. It doesn't determine your worth as a person, but it does determine your estimation of your own value. It lets other people know how much or how little you think about the package you're presenting to the world. I think it's really, really important for those of us with Cerebral Palsy to understand that we have the potential to be as valuable as anyone else. It's equally important to understand that we are being judged for our physical appearance far more critically than our able-bodied counterparts. It's not because people are jerks - although some people clearly are. It's because as human beings we are physiologically hardwired to notice differences in our environment and that includes people who look or move in a way that is radically different from the norm. In other words, people are going to notice you because you are handicapped. All the political correctness in the world isn't going to change that. It's just going to make others that much more hesitant to approach you for fear of saying something offensive.

Do you want someone else's first impression of you be of nothing but your disability? Are you so nicely wrapped that people are staring at you - in a GOOD way - because they'd like to interact with you? Or do you look like you either think little of yourself or wish you owned Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility?

Why deny anyone the opportunity to get to know you? Change their preconceptions with that first glance, that first impression. You can do it. I have done it, and I know that for a fact because people I've met that have become friends have told me so.

It took me far too long to come out of the shadows. Don't waste another day of your life waiting for the world to change. Change your world - today.

I want to get to know you! I want to start a movement with you. I want to recruit you as a fellow Spashionista. I want us to help each other look like we're worth our weight in gold; because we are!

Starlight, Star Bright, Cool Colors Look Just Right

If Warm colors don't look good on you then you might just be a Cool kid.

People that wear Cool and Bright colors well tend to have alabaster white or olive skin devoid of freckles. Whereas the Warm palette suits yellow undertones the Cool palette suits blue undertones. Their hair lacks any auburn and when it goes gray it's that beautiful shade of silvery white with no trace of yellow. Cool and Brights have dark eyes or a dark rim around their irises.

Since Cool and Bright people are on the opposite end of the spectrum from their Warm counterparts they should avoid browns, rust, apricot and beige as these do nothing for their complexion.

Black is the neutral of choice for this group, followed by gray and navy blue.

You look great in very cold shades of pink and blue and bright jewel tones

I compiled all of these images using Polyvore.

Is this more your speed? Do these colors work better for you than the Warm palette but seem a little too much for your coloring? Are you completely confused?

Fear not; there is a third group.

The Warm Color Palette: Smokin' Hot or Oh-So-Not

I'm going to start with this color group because it is the easiest to explain. If you need to wear Warm colors you are easy to spot and the right colors on you make a very dramatic difference for the better.

Most people who fall into this category have reddish undertones in their hair and muted eye colors. As I said in the "Blank Page" post if the Warm palette is the one for you your skin tends towards golden tones and if your hair has started turning gray that gold cast will also be present in those strands of hair. In other words, your graying hair will look like dirty dishwater instead of silvery white.

In terms of your wardrobe the colors you wear need to be yellow-based and warm. Cold and bright is not for you. Icy blues and pinks make you look like you are coming down with something. Navy blue and black make you look tired and grey makes you sink into the background.

"Yes, yes, but these are all just words." You're probably saying, out loud even. "How about some visuals, please!"

But of course.

Here are the two most important colors in determining whether this is your scene or not.

If you look fab in these then Warm colors are all you. If you look drab then move on immediately.

Here are some more examples that fall into the Warm range of colors.

Notice that browns and burgundys are the neutrals of choice for this group.

I compiled all of these examples using Polyvore.

Are you a Hot Tamale or a Pallid Princess in Warm tones? Do you hate these colors even though they suit you? Do you love them but can't wear them?