I have been smart in the last few years to develop a wardrobe that contains what I like to call key pieces. These are items of clothing that I spend much more than average on ( and maybe more than I should) but only because I know that they are essential, dynamic, and will last me for a few years. Well the later not being true since I’ve moved to France.
My mom always fussed at me for mixing my colored clothes: reds, pinks, blacks, khaki, it all went together with no damaging effects. I never saw any reason to separate them as I got everything done all at once, saving time and energy. Well since I’ve moved here I’ve been forced to change this and many other habits. It seems that colors in clothes, even ones that I’ve had for years (for example jeans) all run together. The other day however this rose to another level of bizarre. I washed a whole load of clothing that was lime green, figuring this was safe considering all the items were the same color. However when I pulled out my favorite lime green Smartwool socks they had turned gray!
My only pair of warm socks for my feet, that get abnormally cold with hardwood floors and no central heating, had not just been tinted but completely dyed gray.
I’ ve tried many variations of soaps and machines and approaches but at this point I’m thinking the laundry machine is targeting my favorite clothes!
The death count stands at:
Two pink socks turned purple (separate cycles)
2 black turtle necks that are now see-through
and one very adorable dress
The amazing thing is I don’t know where some of the colors are coming from. How do you wash 5 white t-shirts alone and have only ONE of them turn a wonderful shade of periwinkle and the others be more brilliant before? Washing Laundry in this country is like playing a Power Ball game or something. You put em’ all in a bowl, watch em’ spin around in a glass dome, impaciently pray and beg, and in the end hopefully you fall even.
What might be even sadder than now having a very unexpected but creative color palette of clothing is that I’m putting so much thought into my laundry.
Well now I have a new pair of gray socks!