Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Not Quite White

Ecru is a hard color to describe, and an even harder color to wear.

The word itself is french and originates in Latin, meaning "unbleached or raw." Webster's dictionary also defines it as "beige." Wikipedia, relying on every day people to define something says, "Ecru describes the shade greyish-pale yellow or a light greyish-yellowish brown." How clear is that? Not very. If you Google Image the color you get a broad palette of colors looking like this:
Confusion aside, its surprising how many people ask for dress shirts in this color. There are a few things you should know. 
  1. It could be a cool idea--cool, different, unique. Helping you stand out in a style all your own.
  2. This is a tough color with most people's skin tones. Since there are several opinions out there on what color ecru actually is, get professional help and try out a lot of shades against your skin before committing. 
  3. Don't use this for weddings or another event where several guys will be photographed together in this color. It can just end up looking....dirty. Off. You get the idea.
Now that I've made you fully skeptical, I did happen to come across two different celebs this week who rocked an ecru shirt and wore it well!
Aaron Rodgers at the NFL awards ceremony.

Channing Tatum with Rachel McAdams at their movie premier.
Do you like the "not quite white" color of ecru or is it just not quite right?

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