Does it matter?
This is NOT about race. It is about clothes.
I was at a restaurant the other week with some friends, and some how or other someone mentioned how their mother would request black napkins when she was wearing black. WHAT?! That was my reaction. I had legitimately never heard of this – but thought, THAT IS SO CHIC. Was this something reserved for those privileged to dine in fine-dining restaurants exclusively? Should I start carrying around black napkins considering the lack of color in my wardrobe?
AND then, not one day later, I was helping my friend Julie at her new shop in South Hampton, pulled out the tissue paper (which is black) to wrap up a top (which was white) a customer just purchased. When suddenly, a nice woman who I must assume was the mother says “Oh, I’m not so sure you should put that in black tissue paper.” And there it was – I had never thought twice about this scenario either. Black tissue paper didn’t seem so unusual did it? I’d seen blue or colored variations multiple times??
So, it had me wondering – are these learned preferences or cultural? Are there more instances like these I should be made aware of?