Those Fun Non-Matching Clothes

Why is it so much more fun to wear plaids and stripes – in bright, bold colors – than to match clothing?

And why is it that those bright, interesting colors seem to capture personality more than tame matching ones?

And whose side am I on, anyway?

When my son was younger, he was adamant about throwing together bright purples, reds and oranges.  Matching held no appeal whatsoever.  The brighter, the louder?  The better.

Of course, crazy, non-matching clothes aren’t socially acceptable.  People are about blending in and looking like everyone else.  Sad, but true.

So, to help our son with his “cool” quotient – much damaged by loud clothing, in addition to other issues – we struck a bargain.

He could wear whatever clashing clothes he wanted – stripes, plaids, purples, whatever – at night.  Pajamas were his canvas, and he could go wild.

In return, daytime clothing had to match.

Since then, we’ve had no trouble.  He’s accepted the clothing compromise, and looks forward to his evening art experiments.

And yes, this article is not limited to Asperger’s Syndrome!  It is, however, about control and the need to express yourself, a universal issue among the young (and young at heart).

Personally, I think those plaids, reds, and purples are finally starting to affect my brain.  Here’s hoping this helps someone out there!


About aspergerfamily3

Living in an Asperger's World, surrounded by a love of learning, interesting people, and daily challenges.
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